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Pilgrims beware! Mexican bishops warn against papal ticket scams

Jan 19, 2016 - 04:38 am .- Following the rise of fraudulent papal ticket “sales” online, the Mexican Conference of Catholic Bishops has reminded the faithful that tickets to attend events during Pope Francis’ trip are free.  

Mexican bishop: 'El Chapo' blood money should be returned to community

Jan 14, 2016 - 12:29 pm .- Bishop Benjamin Castillo Plascencia of Celaya, Mexico praised the capture of the notorious drug lord, Joaquín Guzmán Loera, known as “El Chapo,” saying that he hopes it will lessen the extent of drug trafficking and that the cartel’s money will be returned to the local community.

As Juarez recovers from peak violence, victim sees hope in Pope Francis

Jan 8, 2016 - 02:42 am .- With Pope Francis set to visit the Mexican city of Juarez Feb. 17, some crime victims are telling their stories of loss – and talking about the healing power of faith.

'I made a huge mistake' - Why one radical feminist changed her mind on abortion

Jan 6, 2016 - 04:58 pm .- Brazilian feminist Sara Winter used to work to legalize abortion. She was one of the founders of a radical group that carries out offensive topless protests at churches. 

If post-abortion syndrome doesn't exist, why are these women suffering?

Dec 29, 2015 - 12:02 pm .- A psychologist who cares for post-abortive women has emphasized the need to help women who have had abortions heal – and that these women have their own stories to tell.

Canadian judge rules in favor of religious liberty for Christian law school

Dec 16, 2015 - 03:06 am .- A British Columbia Supreme Court judge has reversed a decision by the province’s law society that would have banned graduates of a Christian law school from practicing law in the province.

In Peru, blood drive donors draw inspiration from priests martyred by terrorists

Dec 8, 2015 - 12:04 am .- Inspired by Saturday's beatification of the first Peruvian martyrs, a group of young people has launched a blood drive initiative “#DonaEsperanza” in order to “give hope” and follow the example of three priests slain by Marxist guerillas.

In Chile, massive Marian pilgrimage to open Year of Mercy

Dec 4, 2015 - 12:02 am .- Hundreds of thousands in Chile will visit the Lo Vasquez Shrine this coming December 8 on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, taking part in one of the most well-attended pilgrimages in the country.

What Argentina's bishops are proposing to drug traffickers

Dec 3, 2015 - 12:04 am .- The Argentine bishops' conference issued “a strong call to conversion” to those involved in drug trafficking and dealing, urging them to take advantage of the Church’s Jubilee Year of Mercy which begins Dec. 8.

Sodalitium Christianae Vitae forms ethics commission amid investigation of founder

Dec 1, 2015 - 12:08 am .- The superior general of the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae has announced the creation of an Ethics Commission for Justice and Reconciliation to assist and offer proposals amid investigations following accusations against its founder.

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.

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