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En route to Kenya, Pope Francis confirms Mexico trip

Nov 25, 2015 - 01:00 pm .- Before his plane landed in Kenya on Wednesday, Pope Francis confirmed to reporters that he would indeed visit Mexico early next year.

Preschooler whose 'celebration of Mass' went viral dies of cancer

Nov 20, 2015 - 06:17 am .- A young Brazilian boy whose solemn reenactment of the Mass drew hordes of online traffic has passed away after nearly two years of battling an aggressive form of cancer.

Canada can do better, bishops say in wake of refugee crisis

Nov 13, 2015 - 03:42 am .- Allow yourself to be troubled by the plight of migrants and refugees around the world – this was the message of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops to the faithful of their country in a new pastoral letter last month.

Was the rescue of 33 Chilean miners an act of God?

Nov 12, 2015 - 06:02 am .- Technically, Greg Hall and his team of drilling specialists had done their job when they located 33 miners believed to be trapped – and possibly dead – in a collapsed mine in Chile in 2010.

Chilean abortion plan is 'a trap for the gullible,' cardinal says

Nov 11, 2015 - 12:25 am .- Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, firmly rejected a proposal to legalize abortion in Chile, calling it “a trap for the gullible.”

Apparently St. Martin de Porres only had two teeth when he died

Nov 5, 2015 - 12:08 am .- A new reconstruction of the face of St. Martin de Porres reveals that the Dominican brother had trouble eating toward the end of his life, due to the fact that he was missing most of his teeth.

Killing people is not compassion – religious leaders unite against assisted suicide

Nov 3, 2015 - 12:36 am .- As Canada moves toward legalizing assisted suicide, Catholic bishops and a large Protestant coalition – along with Jewish and Muslim leaders – have joined together to reaffirm the need to help the suffering without killing them.

To celebrate Teresa of Avila, these Cuban nuns rented their own hall

Nov 1, 2015 - 06:04 am .- On May 1, 1961 Fidel Castro ordered the seizure of all private schools in Cuba and the expulsion of all priests and religious. Among those affected were the Teresian Sisters of Enrique de Ossó, who lost their school in Camagüey and its assembly hall, today converted into the Tasende theater.

Sodalitium Christianae Vitae has an apostolic visitor to investigate its founder

Oct 27, 2015 - 03:44 pm .- The superior general of the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae has made public that the community has had an apostolic visitor since April, who is charged with investigating accusations that its founder committed sexual abuse.

Catholics in Mexico thankful Hurricane Patricia did not cause major damage

Oct 26, 2015 - 01:17 pm .- During Mass on Sunday at the cathedral of Mexico City, the celebrant thanked God that Hurricane Patricia – the strongest recorded in the western hemisphere – did not in the end cause major damage to Mexico, as was anticipated.

Catholics in Cuba call on government to remove religious restrictions

Oct 23, 2015 - 03:47 pm .- Through one of its media outlets, the Havana archdiocese has called on the Cuban government “to definitively remove the restrictions that weigh down upon all religious institutions, and allow them to freely carry out their work.”

Sodalitium Christianae Vitae issues statement in wake of accusations

Oct 22, 2015 - 03:56 pm .- The Sodalitium Christianae Vitae issued a statement on Wednesday announcing its commitment to the investigation of mistreatement, including sexual abuse, allegedly committed by its founder.

Pro-abortion madness in Argentina: half-naked activists attack cathedral

Oct 14, 2015 - 05:14 pm .- A mob of violent abortion supporters attempted to desecrate an Argentine cathedral and threw stones and bottles at Catholics praying the rosary in front of the church on Sunday.

'Confess-a-thon' at Colombian mall draws 350 priests

Oct 14, 2015 - 03:05 am .- In the South American nation of Colombia – where an estimated 70 percent of the population identifies as Catholic – it is not unusual to encounter Catholic priests at a cathedral, or perhaps at a religious school or hospital. Seeing scores of priests at a shopping mall, on the other hand, is a less frequent occurrence.

For Cubans, the Pope’s visit brought hope - but will it last?

Oct 9, 2015 - 03:04 am .- After Pope Francis’ visit as a “missionary of mercy,” Cuba is now in a prime moment to move forward in its relationship with the Church and work for the common good, said a representative of an aid group that works in the country.

Pope Francis could visit Mexico in first half of 2016

Oct 6, 2015 - 11:40 am .- Pope Francis is seriously considering a trip to Mexico in 2016, the vice director of the Holy See Press Office told CNA today.  

Cuban youth who exchanged zucchettos with the Pope felt the 'tenderness of God'

Sep 22, 2015 - 01:14 pm .- When he learned that a Pope would visit his city for the first time, Manuel Alejandro Rodríguez Yong dreamed of getting a white zucchetto to exchange with Pope Francis.

Pope blesses unborn children around the world while meeting with Cuban families

Sep 22, 2015 - 09:15 am .- Pope Francis met with families on Tuesday at Our Lady of the Assumption Cathedral in Santiago de Cuba, thanking those gathered for their warm witness and inclusive nature, reflecting that it is at home, in the family, that Christ shows the love of God.

Pope asks Cubans to imitate Mary's 'revolution of tenderness'

Sep 22, 2015 - 07:01 am .- During Mass on Tuesday Pope Francis praised the rich devotion to Our Lady of Charity seeded in the hearts of Cubans, and told them to be like her in making haste to meet the needs of others in tenderness and charity.

Nine things you missed from Pope Francis' time in Havana

Sep 21, 2015 - 03:54 pm .- In an intense Sunday, Pope Francis on Sept. 21 said a Mass attended by 200,000 people in Havana's Revolution Square, visited Fidel Castro, improvised two speeches, and was welcomed with affection by the Cuban people. Here are some details you might have missed while he was in “the Rome of the Caribbean.”

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