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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.”

Pope Francis unplugged: The Holy Father speaks from the heart to young Cubans

Sep 20, 2015 - 07:47 pm .- Pope Francis set aside his prepared remarks to respond to the dreams and hopes of young people who spoke to him in Cuba on Sunday evening.

Let poverty be your mother, Pope Francis tells religious in Cuba

Sep 20, 2015 - 06:37 pm .- Pope Francis on Sunday spoke from the heart about the importance of spiritual poverty, the danger of worldly wealth and the universal need for mercy. He made his impromptu remarks to Cuban priests, consecrated religious and seminarians at Havana’s cathedral.

Pope Francis' gift to Castro: a challenging message from Cuban leader's old teacher

Sep 20, 2015 - 04:56 pm .- Pope Francis met with Fidel Castro on Sunday and gave him a special gift: a book and two CDs with the homilies and songs of Father Amando Llorente, a Jesuit priest who was Castro’s school teacher. Before Father Llorente’s death, he publically asked for Castro’s conversion and repentance.

Pope in Cuba: Christians serve people, not ideology

Sep 20, 2015 - 08:29 am .- In his first Mass during apostolic trip to Cuba, Pope Francis centered his homily on the Christian call to service, which he said is never ideological, but involves putting our own interests aside for the sake of others.

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.”

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