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March 2013 Archives

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 »

Three Votes Down, Still No New Pope

Three Votes Down, Still No New Pope

The Roman Catholic Church's 115 cardinal electors sent a fume of black smoke into the skies over Vatican City on Wednesday, telling the world that they had not yet been able to select a new pope after three votes. continue reading »

Cardinals’ First Vote for New Pope is Inconclusive

Cardinals’ First Vote for New Pope is Inconclusive

Black smoke came out of the Sistine Chapel's chimney Tuesday evening, indicating that the first ballot of the 115 cardinals charged with choosing a new pope did not produce a result. continue reading »

Papal Conclave Begins with Much Pomp and Ceremony

Papal Conclave Begins with Much Pomp and Ceremony

The Papal conclave to elect a new pope has begun inside the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. The papal electorate started the day with a mass amidst much pomp and ceremony. continue reading »

Cardinals Start Voting Process for New Pope

Cardinals Start Voting Process for New Pope

The College of Cardinals tasked with choosing a new pope for the Roman Catholic Church began voting Tuesday to elect a successor to Pope Benedict . The 115 cardinals attended a special Mass before retreating into the Vatican's Sistine Chapel for prayer and deliberations. They will remain secluded from the outside world until a new pope is elected. continue reading »

INFOGRAPHIC: The Conclave and Latin America’s Role in the Catholic Church

INFOGRAPHIC: The Conclave and Latin America’s Role in the Catholic Church

With the Conclave beginning tomorrow, March 12, Hispanically Speaking News has explored Latin America's role in the Catholic church given its growing Catholic population. continue reading »

Papal Conclave to Start March 12th, All Cardinals in Rome for Vote

Papal Conclave to Start March 12th, All Cardinals in Rome for Vote

“The eighth General Congregation that will meet this evening will vote on the date to begin the Conclave”, Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, announced. continue reading »