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Restoration of ties with US a sign of hope, Pope says in Cuba

Sep 19, 2015 - 02:55 pm .- Pope Francis landed in Havana on Saturday, the first of his 9-day visit to Cuba and the United States, telling officials that the recent normalization of relations between the two countries is a sign of hope and victory.

Cubans hope papal visit will rekindle faith

Sep 18, 2015 - 03:06 pm .- The Church in Cuba has undertaken a movement of spiritual and missionary preparation for Pope Francis' arrival tomorrow, which has led to hope for a rekindling of faith, according to one prominent priest.

Media invent a fake Pope by misusing his words, bishop charges

Sep 17, 2015 - 06:08 am .- A Brazilian bishop has criticized the mainstream media for manipulating and confusing their readers regarding Pope Francis' recent moves in the reform of the annulment process and special permissions regarding confession during the Jubilee of Mercy.

Cuban bishops welcome pardon of 3,500 prisoners before Pope Francis' visit

Sep 15, 2015 - 04:12 pm .- The Cuban bishops' conference stated on Friday they “received with profound satisfaction” the decision of the nation's government to pardon 3,522 prisoners “as a humanitarian gesture on the occasion of the visit of Pope Francis to our country.”

In Cuba, Pope Francis will be a 'Missionary of Mercy'

Sep 11, 2015 - 12:08 am .- The Cuban bishops have announced that the theme for Pope Francis' Sept. 19-22 visit to their nation will be “Missionary of Mercy,” as a way of looking forward to the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

Read the official prayer for Pope Francis' visit to Cuba

Sep 10, 2015 - 10:11 am .- The Cuban bishops have issued a prayer to help prepare for Pope Francis' Sept. 19-22 visit to their island nation, focused on the visit's theme, “Missionary of Mercy.”

Here's a look at the state of the Church Pope Francis will find in Cuba

Sep 9, 2015 - 11:10 am .- Just 357 priest working to evangelize 11.2 million people, along with 2,000 faithful who offer their homes where there are no church buildings – these are among the aspects that Pope Francis will encounter when he visits Cuba later this month.

Is this what Saint Rose of Lima looked like?

Aug 28, 2015 - 04:02 am .- The face of the first saint of the New World may be better known than ever, thanks to a team of scientists that has analyzed the skull of Saint Rose of Lima.

Ahead of papal visit, Cuba's Women in White fear government crackdown

Aug 27, 2015 - 02:24 pm .- The leader of a human rights group is concerned that the Cuban government will repeat its 2012 crackdown on opposition activists when Pope Francis visits the nation next month.

Catholics in Colombia assist thousands of their brethren forced out of Venezuela

Aug 27, 2015 - 11:36 am .- With thousands of Colombian residents of Venezuela being driven from their homes amid a border crisis and martial law, the bishop of a Colombian border city is encouraging his people to assist the displaced.

This cardinal sees no reason to expect the Family Synod to be outside Church teaching

Aug 19, 2015 - 06:03 am .- Only two months away from the beginning of the 2015 Synod on the Family, Cardinal Raúl Vela Chiriboga has said there is no room “to expect 'extraordinary things' from the synod, outside of the doctrine of the faith.”

Shortages in Venezuela mean priests are running out of Hosts

Aug 15, 2015 - 03:33 pm .- Venezuela's ongoing economic crisis has hit the Church in a unique way: the production of Hosts fell 60 percent during the past month, affecting three states in the South American country.

A street party for Don Bosco – 15,000 turn up to celebrate saint in Lima

Aug 13, 2015 - 03:59 am .- More than 15,000 members of the Salesian Family turned out August 9 on the streets of Lima, Peru, as part of the celebration of Bicentennial of the Birth of Don Bosco.

The divorced and remarried cannot receive Communion, Colombian bishops affirm

Aug 12, 2015 - 06:01 am .- Two Colombian bishops indicated on Thursday that while the divorced and remarried are not excommunicated, that still doesn't mean they are able to receive Communion – in an attempt to clarify recent confusion.

Take a hike – and you just might find God, these trekkers say

Aug 12, 2015 - 04:02 am .- Some people hike to compete, others to challenge themselves. But as the sport increases as a global trend, others have taken it up as a way of drawing closer to God.

Stop chatting during the Sign of Peace, says Brazilian bishop

Aug 11, 2015 - 06:33 am .- The sign of peace during Mass is not a time for congratulations or small talk, but a prayerful time to wish peace to those closest to each person, clarified the bishop of Barretos in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Chilean legislators appeal to judicial branch over pro-abortion bill

Aug 8, 2015 - 07:03 am .- The representatives who voted on Tuesday against a bill legalizing abortion in Chile will file an appeal against the initiative with the Constitutional Court.

Chilean women: Abortion does not solve problem of sexual violence, discrimination

Aug 5, 2015 - 08:26 pm .- Women in a new video released in Chile said that mothers facing difficult pregnancies need compassion and care from society, not abortion.

Enrique Shaw: the Argentine businessman whom Francis may soon beatify

Aug 3, 2015 - 04:41 pm .- Pope Francis’ desire to see the late Argentine businessman Enrique Shaw raised to the altars could be close to fruition, according to the postulator of Shaw's cause for beatification.

Religious sisters sue Colombian TV network for 'false' depiction of saint's life

Jul 31, 2015 - 12:44 am .- An order of religious sisters in Colombia is suing a national television network for producing a series that it says twists the facts about the life of the order’s founder, the first Colombian saint.

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