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Catholic Church Officials Reaching Out to Lawmakers Urging Passage of Immigration Reform

Catholic Church Officials Reaching Out to Lawmakers Urging Passage of Immigration Reform

The Catholic Church of the United States launched Tuesday a campaign of contacts with federal lawmakers urging them to pass immigration reform, as part of its annual observance of National Migration Week. continue reading »

A papal year in review: Ten highlights from 2013-Viva Papa Francisco!

A papal year in review: Ten highlights from 2013-Viva Papa Francisco!

Though Pope Francis has only been the pope for less than a year, he’s made news more than a few times. Here are 10 pontifical highlights from 2013. 1. Pope Francis, shortly after being elected, took the bus with the other cardinals, and then circled back to the hotel where he had been staying to pay the bill. continue reading »

Pope Francis to Visit Holy Land in May 2014

Pope Francis to Visit Holy Land in May 2014

Pope Francis said Sunday that he will travel to the Holy Land on May 24-26 on a pilgrimage that will take him to Bethlehem and Jerusalem, as well as to Amman, the capital of Jordan. continue reading »

Cuba Says Good-Bye to Catholic Leader Carlos Manuel de Cespedes

Cuba Says Good-Bye to Catholic Leader Carlos Manuel de Cespedes

Hundreds of people gave their final farewell Saturday to Cuban priest and intellectual Carlos Manuel de Cespedes, one of the most outstanding and influential figures of the Catholic Church on this Caribbean island in the last few decades. continue reading »

Pope Francis Celebrates First Christmas With Call For Peace

Pope Francis Celebrates First Christmas With Call For Peace

Pope Francis on Wednesday used his first Christmas message to call for peace in the world's strife-torn places, acceptance for migrants and assistance for victims of natural disasters. The pope began by telling the thousands of people who gathered in St. Peter's Square continue reading »

Pope Francis Says Discarded Food Could Feed the World

Pope Francis Says Discarded Food Could Feed the World

"With the food that is thrown away we could feed all the people in the world who suffer from hunger," Pope Francis says in a video released this week. continue reading »

Pope Francis Documentary Becomes Amazon Bestseller

Pope Francis Documentary Becomes Amazon Bestseller

A recent documentary on Pope Francis, “Francis: The Pope From The New World,” has become a bestseller on Amazon.com and at one point ranked number four in the documentary category. “This documentary arrives as the world realizes that a very special man has assumed the leadership of the Catholic Church, and this begins continue reading »

Pope Francis Welcomes Argentine Soccer Champs in Italy

Pope Francis Welcomes Argentine Soccer Champs in Italy

Pope Francis on Wednesday called the members of Argentine soccer club San Lorenzo "crazy" for having come to Vatican City to present him with the cup they won as league champions. continue reading »

Chicago Latinos Using Virgin of Guadalupe Icon to Promote Immgiration Reform

Chicago Latinos Using Virgin of Guadalupe Icon to Promote Immgiration Reform

A group of Hispanics on Wednesday in Joliet, southwest of Chicago began a two-day pilgrimage through eight Illinois cities with a image of the Virgin of Guadalupe to ask that the U.S. Congress approve immigration reform. continue reading »

Pope Francis is TIME’s ‘Person of the Year’ 2013

Pope Francis is TIME’s ‘Person of the Year’ 2013

Latin America’s first pope, Pope Francis I, has been selected as Time Magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’ for 2013. NSA Leaker Edward Snowden came in second. continue reading »

Pope Francis Trending: Most Talked About on Facebook and Time’s Person of the Year Finalist

Pope Francis Trending: Most Talked About on Facebook and Time’s Person of the Year Finalist

Pope Francis is trending. Today, Facebook announced he was the most-talked about topic on the social network in 2013 and he is a finalist for Time’s ‘Person of the Year.’ Last week he was declared the most searched topic on the Internet in Spanish. continue reading »

Pope Francis Calls Nelson Mandela a Promoter of “Human Dignity”

Pope Francis Calls Nelson Mandela a Promoter of “Human Dignity”

Pope Francis on Friday hailed the late Nelson Mandela, writing in a telegram to South African President Jacob Zuma that the anti-apartheid icon promoted the "human dignity of all the nation's citizens." continue reading »

‘El Papa Francisco’ Most Searched Internet Topic in Spanish

‘El Papa Francisco’ Most Searched Internet Topic in Spanish

Yahoo has release it most searched topics in Spanish on the heels of its English list which saw Miley Cyrus as the most search internet persona. Pope Francis, the first Latin American pope, known in Spanish as ‘El Papa Francisco’ came in as the most searched term/persona in Spanish. continue reading »

Catholic Bishops: What is Happening to Latino Immigrant Families ‘Offense Against God’

Catholic Bishops: What is Happening to Latino Immigrant Families ‘Offense Against God’

A group of Catholic bishops that work on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border are urging care and attention to Latino immigrant families that are facing unprecedented threats. Threats from violence to human trafficking by drug cartel to deportation. continue reading »

In Conversations with Parishioners, Pope Reveals He Once was a Bouncer

In Conversations with Parishioners, Pope Reveals He Once was a Bouncer

In addition to having worked sweeping floors and running tests in a chemical laboratory as a teenager, Pope Francis revealed he also used to work as a bouncer. No longer kicking troublemakers out of clubs, he has discovered the secret to bringing people back, this time, into the church, according to the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, Dec. 2. continue reading »