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Spaniard Antonio Banderas Returns to Hometown of Malaga for Holy Week

Spaniard Antonio Banderas Returns to Hometown of Malaga for Holy Week

Antonio Banderas accompanied by his wife Melanie Griffith returned to his home town of Malaga in Spain to participate in Holy Week. The couple took part in the procession of the Jesus Cautivo part of the Virgin or Tears and Favors weekend. continue reading »

Spain Celebrates Holy Week With Traditional Events

Spain Celebrates Holy Week With Traditional Events

The streets of Spanish cities and towns are celebrating Holy Week with a mixture of tradition and religious fervor that attracts domestic and international tourists to moving and spectacular processions, the Stations of the Cross, festivals and Passion Plays. continue reading »

Christ’s Guidance Can Help Overcome Evil in the World, Says Pope Francis

Christ’s Guidance Can Help Overcome Evil in the World, Says Pope Francis

Pope Francis called in his first Palm Sunday Mass for an end to wars, economic conflicts that harm the weakest people in society, hunger for money and power, corruption and crimes against human life and creation, telling the faithful that Christ can help them overcome the evil in men and the world. continue reading »

Pope Francis, Benedict XVI Meet at Castel Gandolfo

Pope Francis, Benedict XVI Meet at Castel Gandolfo

Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI met and embraced at Castel Gandolfo, where the former pope has lived since resigning the pontificate late last month, the Vatican's spokesman said. continue reading »

El Salvadorans Want Assassinated Archbishop Romero Honored with Beatification

El Salvadorans Want Assassinated Archbishop Romero Honored with Beatification

This week El Salvador is remembering and honoring Archbishop of San Salvador, Oscar Arnulfo Romero who was assassinated while celebrating Mass, 33 years ago this year. continue reading »

Pope Francis Eagerly Looking Forward to World Youth Day in Brazil

Pope Francis Eagerly Looking Forward to World Youth Day in Brazil

Pope Francis I is "very excited" about his July visit to Brazil to participate in World Youth Day, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said here Wednesday after a meeting with the new pontiff. continue reading »

Prince Felipe of Spain Invites Pope Francis to Visit

Prince Felipe of Spain Invites Pope Francis to Visit

Pope Francis asked Tuesday after the health of King Juan Carlos in his conversation with Crown Prince Felipe, who invited the pontiff to visit Spain with these words: "We will be delighted if you come." continue reading »

Pope Francis Surprise Phone Call to Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires on Inauguration Day

Pope Francis Surprise Phone Call to Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires on Inauguration Day

The thousands of people who spent a sleepless night in the main square of Buenos Aires, Plaza de Mayo, to watch the Mass inaugurating their former Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio had a pleasant surprise. continue reading »

Pope Francis I Officially Inaugurated as Pope with Most Latin American Leaders in Attendance

Pope Francis I Officially Inaugurated as Pope with Most Latin American Leaders in Attendance

This morning Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, archbishop of Buenos Aires, officially became Pope Francis I with hundreds of thousands faithful in attendance at the inauguration including most leaders of Latin America. continue reading »

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez Has Private Audience with Pope Francis I

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez Has Private Audience with Pope Francis I

In Latino Catholic news, Pope Francis I welcomed his first head of state, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez. The former Archbishop of Buenos Aires has been a vocal critic of Fernandez and her policies. continue reading »

Pope Francis Explains Choosing Name, Hopes Church Will Focus on Helping the Poor

Pope Francis Explains Choosing Name, Hopes Church Will Focus on Helping the Poor

Pope Francis told reporters here Saturday why he chose to name himself after St. Francis of Assisi, explaining that he wants a church focused on the poor. continue reading »

Pope Francis Warns of Pessimism In Address to Cardinals

Pope Francis Warns of Pessimism In Address to Cardinals

Pope Francis said Friday in his meeting with the cardinals that they must avoid pessimism and find the courage every day to spread the Gospel to all corners of the earth. continue reading »

Sister of Pope Francis Asks World to Pray for Him As He Adjusts to New Job

Sister of Pope Francis Asks World to Pray for Him As He Adjusts to New Job

Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, never wanted to be pontiff but will have to deal with the tough job he has been handed, his sister, Maria Elena Bergoglio, told Argentina's C5N cable news channel on Thursday. continue reading »

Pope Francis I Addresses Rome For First Time as Pope

Pope Francis I Addresses Rome For First Time as Pope

Argentina's Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio addressed tens of thousands of the faithful in St. Peter's Square late Wednesday after being chosen as the new pope of the Roman Catholic Church continue reading »

JUST IN:  First Pope from Latin America – Argentine Cardinal Bergoglio now Pope Francisco

JUST IN:  First Pope from Latin America – Argentine Cardinal Bergoglio now Pope Francisco

The Papal conclave has chosen the new Pope to lead the 1.2 billion Catholics in the world and he hails from Latin America. This is the first pope outside of Europe and the first from Latin America. continue reading »