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Pope: Evangelizing isn't about big talk – it's about joy

Jul 7, 2015 - 10:29 am .- In his second homily while visiting Ecuador, Pope Francis spoke on Tuesday of the importance of fostering unity through evangelization, which he said is not done by preaching at people, but rather by being a joyful witness to the Gospel we have received.

Pope Francis visits an old friend in Ecuador

Jul 7, 2015 - 12:32 am .- “Why in the world is the Vicar of Christ coming to me?” said Father Paquito, when asked how he would receive Pope Francis when he visits him in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Pray that the family synod will deepen the Church's spiritual discernment, Pope asks

Jul 6, 2015 - 12:11 pm .- During a Mass said on Monday, the first full day of his visit to Ecuador, Pope Francis called for prayers that the upcoming Synod on the Family might discern the needs of the family, an institution irreplaceable to society.

What did he just say? Pope Francis off-the-cuff in Latin America

Jul 5, 2015 - 05:05 pm .- The world is about to see a new side to Pope Francis and, interestingly, it could be the most intimate look yet at who he really is.

Pope lands in Ecuador, calls nation to continue in Catholic identity

Jul 5, 2015 - 02:45 pm .- Landing in Ecuador on Sunday afternoon, Pope Francis began his tri-nation visit to Latin America by stressing the Gospel’s role in fostering respect, dialogue, and care for the vulnerable, while praising the nation’s centuries-old Catholic heritage.

Cuban bishops: prepare for Pope's visit with works of mercy

Jul 2, 2015 - 12:13 am .- In preparation for Pope Francis’ visit to Cuba this fall, the bishops of the island nation are asking the faithful to perform acts of mercy during the first Fridays of July, August and September.

These nuns are making the Pope's vestments for Ecuador

Jun 30, 2015 - 06:25 am .- Within the walls of the convent in Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, Ecuador, the Carmelite nuns are busy making liturgical cloths and the vestments for Pope Francis’ July 6-7 visit to the country.  

Pope to Peruvian pro-lifers: 'Keep shaking things up'

Jun 5, 2015 - 06:33 am .- Upon seeing pictures from the 2015 March for Life in Lima, Peru, Pope Francis had a message for the faithful of the South American country: “keep shaking things up.”

Is 'Charlie Charlie' a harmless game? Exorcist says absolutely not

May 27, 2015 - 04:14 pm .- A game that purports to invoke a Mexican demon – known as “Charlie, Charlie” and considered to be a simplified version of the Ouija board – has gone viral on social media among young people, prompting one exorcist to warn of its dangers. 

Insides that didn't decompose – and other stunning facts about Oscar Romero

May 23, 2015 - 02:56 pm .- In his role as Vicar General, Monsignor Ricardo Urioste was one of the closest collaborators of Oscar Romero, the archbishop of San Salvador who was martyred for the faith in 1980 and beatified just this weekend.

Oscar Romero, a 'father of the poor,' beatified in El Salvador

May 23, 2015 - 01:20 pm .- Archbishop Oscar Romero was beatified in El Salvador this morning, with Pope Francis declaring from the Vatican that the martyr's feast will be celebrated on March 24 each year – the day “in which he was born into heaven.”

History versus caricature: 3 facts that show us the real Romero

May 22, 2015 - 11:21 am .- The beloved Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero was beatified El Salvador this weekend amid both celebration and what one critic calls skewed media reporting on the martyr's life.

This little boy still can't talk or move – but his mother has never been happier

May 22, 2015 - 04:02 am .- Constanza Saavedra spends 24 hours a day devoted to her son Ignacio, or “Nachito” as she affectionately calls him. He's only seven years-old and suffers from a serious congenital muscular condition that prevents him from breathing on his own. He depends on a respirator to survive.

After theft, Argentines donate prized possessions, wedding rings for new monstrance

May 13, 2015 - 12:03 am .- Large numbers of the faithful are donating gold and silver belongings to forge a new monstrance after a theft in Tucuman, Argentina.

Argentine family asks for help arriving at World Meeting of Families

May 8, 2015 - 09:39 am .- A family from Argentina who has left everything behind to travel 11,000 miles to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families is asking for monetary help in order to arrive at their destination.

God has not abandoned us, Chilean bishop says after volcano eruption

Apr 30, 2015 - 03:32 pm .- Facing devastation from the unexpected eruption of the Calbuco volcano in southern Chile, Archbishop Cristian Caro of Puerto Montt, one of the areas at risk, reminded the faithful not to lose hope.

Cuban bishop says news of papal visit brings 'hope to our hearts'

Apr 29, 2015 - 09:31 am .- The announcement of Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Cuba has brought tremendous joy and hope to the people of the island nation, said a local bishop.

'House of Waiting' for pregnant Peruvian women seeks to remodel

Apr 28, 2015 - 02:17 am .- Inside the cracking adobe walls of a small building in Haquira, Peru, an on-duty nurse and staff are busy providing care for local women during the late stages of their pregnancy.

Relic of Saint John Paul II makes pilgrimage to Cuba

Apr 15, 2015 - 12:42 am .- Seventeen years after the historic visit of Saint John Paul II to Cuba, the Polish pope is returning to the country, thanks to a relic brought by the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary after having journeyed on pilgrimage in various cities in the United States and Guatemala.

More than 100,000 ask Mexican Supreme Court to affirm right to life

Mar 31, 2015 - 12:38 am .- More than 120,000 people have signed a petition asking the Mexican Supreme Judicial Court of the Nation to reaffirm that “abortion is not a right.”

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