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Argentina Inaugurates “Papa Francisco” Avenue in City of La Plata

Argentina Inaugurates “Papa Francisco” Avenue in City of La Plata

Argentina has named an avenue in the city of La Plata "Papa Francisco" to honor the Argentine native and first Latin American pope. Buenos Aires is also considering naming several streets after Pope Francisco I. continue reading »

Pope Francis’ Manuscript on ‘Mission of Church’ Revealed to Cuban Cardinal

Pope Francis’ Manuscript on ‘Mission of Church’ Revealed to Cuban Cardinal

Cuba's Catholic prelate, Jaime Ortega, made public in Havana a manuscript with remarks made by Jorge Bergoglio about the mission of the church in a session before the conclave that elected him pope. continue reading »

Brazil’s Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz Meets with Pope Francis

Brazil’s Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz Meets with Pope Francis

The newly installed Pope Francis I continues to meet different world and religious leaders. Today he met with cardinals from the Americas that included Brazil's Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz. Pope Francis also concelebrated Mass with archbishop emeritus of Quito. continue reading »

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 »