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The Way of the Cross during World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Pope Francis to Preside

The Way of the Cross during World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Pope Francis to Preside

The Rio Stations of the Cross speak of the suffering of Jesus as expressed in the youth of today. The route taken by Jesus in the city of Jerusalem will be recreated in the Stations of the Cross on July 26 in the setting of Rio de Janeiro, such as at the Rock of Arpoador and the Selarón Staircase in Lapa continue reading »

Chicago Priest to be Deported to Native Bolivia after Serving Sex Abuse Sentence

Chicago Priest to be Deported to Native Bolivia after Serving Sex Abuse Sentence

Father Alejandro Flores is being deported to his native Bolivia after finishing a portion of his four-year sentence for sexually abusing an 8-year-old boy. continue reading »

Sainthood of John Paul II Imminent, Pope Francis Approves 2nd Miracle

Sainthood of John Paul II Imminent, Pope Francis Approves 2nd Miracle

Pope Francis has given final approval to the canonization of two of his predecessors, John Paul II and John XXIII, the Vatican said Friday. continue reading »

Nuns’ Chart-Topping Album Storms The Culture, Topping Bruno Mars, Black Sabbath & Draft Punk

Nuns’ Chart-Topping Album Storms The Culture, Topping Bruno Mars, Black Sabbath & Draft Punk

ANGELS AND SAINTS AT EPHESUS, the hit CD from the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, is No. 1 on Amazon’s Top 100 list for all music, besting albums from Daft Punk, Black Sabbath and Kayne West continue reading »

NFL Coach Teaches Faith, Football to Peruvian Kids

NFL Coach Teaches Faith, Football to Peruvian Kids

Jim Harbaugh, coach of the San Francisco 49ers, recently completed a one-week mission trip to Piura, Peru, where he taught poor children about their Catholic faith and American football. continue reading »

Venezuelan President Maduro Has Audience with Pope Francis

Venezuelan President Maduro Has Audience with Pope Francis

Pope Francis and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro dealt here Monday with some of the Andean country's problems such as poverty and crime, the Vatican press office said. continue reading »

Pope Francis’ Spanish-Language Twitter Most Popular

Pope Francis’ Spanish-Language Twitter Most Popular

The Spanish-language Twitter account of Pope Francis has more followers than any of the pontiff's accounts in other languages. continue reading »

Mexico City Catholic Church Collecting Guns to Help Reduce Violence

Mexico City Catholic Church Collecting Guns to Help Reduce Violence

In the first five months of 2013, Mexico City authorities , have collected nearly 5,500 firearms. Though the number is small in comparison to the weapons that are illegally on the streets of Mexico City, it is in fact more weapons (5,433) that have been collected in the four previous years. continue reading »

Argentine Photographer Shares Exhibition of Pope Francis

Argentine Photographer Shares Exhibition of Pope Francis

The pictures of Jorge Bergoglio taken by an Argentine photographer over almost a decade, and which can currently be seen at a convent in Buenos Aires, captured the expressions of Pope Francis that today captivate the world. continue reading »

Pope Francis Receives President of El Salvador, Speak of Murdered Archbishop Romero

Pope Francis Receives President of El Salvador, Speak of Murdered Archbishop Romero

Today the President of El Salvador, Carlos Mauricio Cartagena was granted an audience with Pope Francis I at the Vatican were both spoke of assassinated Archbishop Oscar Romero. continue reading »

Pope Names Valdez Torres Bishop of Ensenada, Mexico

Pope Names Valdez Torres Bishop of Ensenada, Mexico

Pope Francis has named Rafael Valdez Torres, who has been serving as pastor and rector of the Shrine of Our Lord of the Miracles in San Juan Nuevo, to be the new bishop of Ensenada, Mexico, the Vatican press office said Tuesday. continue reading »

Pope Francis Receives Colombian President – Urges Peace with FARC Guerillas

Pope Francis Receives Colombian President – Urges Peace with FARC Guerillas

This morning, Pope Francis I received President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia and urged for peace between the government and FARC guerillas. continue reading »

Pope Francis Canonizes his First Saints, Including 2 Latin Americans

Pope Francis Canonizes his First Saints, Including 2 Latin Americans

Pope Francis on Sunday canonized his first saints, including Colombia's Laura Montoya and Mexico's Guadalupe Garcia Zavala. A total of 802 saints were canonized by Francis, the first Latin American pontiff, during his first canonization ceremony. continue reading »

Board Game to Test Your Knowledge of Jesus Hitting it Big in Spain- Coming to a Store Near you Soon

Board Game to Test Your Knowledge of Jesus Hitting it Big in Spain- Coming to a Store Near you Soon

A board game created by a nun in Cuenca that tests players' knowledge about Jesus is hitting it big in Spain and will also be marketed in the Americas. According to information provided to Efe by Edice, the Spanish bishops conference's publishing house, the game went on sale in late March and in April there were many requests for it all over Spain, above all as a gift for children on the occasion of their first communion. continue reading »

Argentine and Vatican Jointly Issue Official Stamps of Pope Francis

Argentine and Vatican Jointly Issue Official Stamps of Pope Francis

Pope Francis was honored today with the presentation of the official stamps honoring the beginning of his pontificate. The stamps were jointly issued by the Vatican and Argentine, the Pope’s home country. continue reading »