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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 »

Violence in Veracruz- Two Catholic Priests Found Slain

Violence in Veracruz- Two Catholic Priests Found Slain

Two Catholic priests were found slain in the Mexican Gulf coast state of Veracruz, a crime whose motive remains unclear even though four suspects have already been arrested, authorities said. The bodies were found in Ixhuatlan de Madero, a town in the northern part of Veracruz, the Diocese of Tuxpan said in a statement. continue reading »

Freak Accident at “La Chinta” Religious Festival in Venezuela Kills 2, Scores Injured

Freak Accident at “La Chinta” Religious Festival in Venezuela Kills 2, Scores Injured

At least two people died and some 50 were injured in the collapse of one of the sound towers being used for a nighttime religious concert in the western Venezuelan city of Maracaibo, authorities said Monday. continue reading »

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 »