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Vandals Targeting Churches in Argentina

Vandals Targeting Churches in Argentina

Another two churches were vandalized over the past few days in Argentina, which has seen at least five incidents of destruction and defacement in houses of worship in less than two months, authorities told Efe on Tuesday. continue reading »

Pope Francis Meets with Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla

Pope Francis Meets with Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla

This morning Pope Francis received Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla in a private audience. continue reading »

Growing Hispanic Presence in Catholic Church Seen as Blessing, Challenge

Growing Hispanic Presence in Catholic Church Seen as Blessing, Challenge

The fact that Spanish-speaking and Latino Catholics are fast becoming a major segment -- already about one-third -- of the Catholic population in the U.S. wasn't lost on a range of Catholic Hispanic leadership gathered Oct. 17-20 for a regional encounter. continue reading »

STUDY: 59% 0f US Hispanics Identify as Catholics

STUDY: 59% 0f US Hispanics Identify as Catholics

Membership of Hispanics in Church growing, at 38 percent ,Non-Hispanic whites still majority at 54 percent of national Catholic population, Five percent Asian or Pacific Islander. The percentage of multicultural parishes in the U.S is on the increase, according research by the Georgetown University-based Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA). continue reading »

Spain Hosts Largest Beatification Ceremony in History Honoring Faithful Killed in Spanish Civil War

Spain Hosts Largest Beatification Ceremony in History Honoring Faithful Killed in Spanish Civil War

More than 20,000 people on Sunday in the northeastern Spanish city of Tarragona attended the largest beatification ceremony in history where 522 of the faithful killed during the 1936-1939 Spanish Civil War were so honored. continue reading »

20,000 People Attend the Beatification Ceremony of Civil War Martyrs

20,000 People Attend the Beatification Ceremony of Civil War Martyrs

More than 20,000 people on Sunday in the northeastern Spanish city of Tarragona attended the largest beatification ceremony in history where 522 of the faithful killed during the 1936-1939 Spanish Civil War were so honored. continue reading »

STUDY:  29.7 Million Latinos are Catholic and Overwhelming Majority Not Born in U.S.

STUDY:  29.7 Million Latinos are Catholic and Overwhelming Majority Not Born in U.S.

A new study by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has found that in the U.S. 34 percent of all Catholics are Latino or Hispanic. Some 29.7 million residents who self-identify as Hispanic/Latino are estimated to be Catholic, representing about 59 percent of the 50.5 million Latinos living in the U.S. continue reading »

Holy Cow! Catholic Burger Topped Off with Communion Wafers Being Offered in Chicago

Holy Cow! Catholic Burger Topped Off with Communion Wafers Being Offered in Chicago

A local Chicago restaurant is offering what is believed to be the first ever ‘Catholic’ hamburger and not with permission from the Vatican. continue reading »

SURVEY:  Latino’s Shifting Religious Affiliations

SURVEY:  Latino’s Shifting Religious Affiliations

A recent survey by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) showed the shifting religious identifies of Latinos and Hispanics. continue reading »

Two Popes Including John Paul II to be Made Saints in 2014

Two Popes Including John Paul II to be Made Saints in 2014

Popes John Paul II (1920-2005) and John XXIII (1881-1963) will be canonized on April 27, Pope Francis announced Monday. continue reading »