Jul 28, 2015 - 04:39 pm .- Pope Francis’ July 10 visit to a prison in Bolivia was just one of several dozen events over the course of the recent papal trip to Latin America.
Jul 19, 2015 - 06:01 am .- On more than one occasion Pope Francis has been seen sharing a drink offered him by a pilgrim from Argentina: it's mate, a traditional infused drink popular in his native country and its neighbors.
Jul 17, 2015 - 12:04 am .- The Venezuelan bishops last week warned that marriage and families in their nation will be weakened as a result of a court decision ruling that spouses can divorce without any evidence of wrongdoing on either's part.
Jul 16, 2015 - 03:38 pm .- When 12-year-old Ángel Ariel Escalante Pérez was confronted by gang members demanding that he kill a bus driver in Guatemala, he said no.
Jul 16, 2015 - 12:00 am .- Three Mexican bishops have spoken out in recent days about public sector corruption in their nation, highlighting the escape of the drug lord Joaquín Guzmán Loera, from a maximum security prison on Saturday.
Jul 14, 2015 - 10:19 pm .- Shortly after the legalization of same-sex civil unions in Chile, the nation's secretary of justice said in an interview last week that the government “is not going to oppose” a bill legalizing the adoption of children by homosexual couples.
Jul 12, 2015 - 04:13 pm .- Pope Francis tossed aside his prepared remarks in a talk to thousands of Paraguay's young people – urging the crowd to go against the cultural current and to live for Jesus with a “free heart.”
Jul 12, 2015 - 03:07 pm .- The more than 60,000 corncobs, 20,000 squashes and 150,000 coconuts that adorn the altarpiece in Asuncion’s Ñu Guazú park where Pope Francis celebrated Mass on the last day of his visit to Paraguay won’t be going to waste.
Jul 12, 2015 - 09:41 am .- In the final homily of his trip to South America Pope Francis said that a key aspect of Christian spirituality and evangelization is to have a welcoming attitude toward others, especially those most in need.
Jul 11, 2015 - 05:14 pm .- Pope Francis reflected on the nature of Christian vocation on Saturday during a meeting with Paraguay’s clergy, religious and seminarians. “A person called by God does not show off; he or she does not seek recognition or applause; he or she does not claim to be better than others, standing apart as if on a pedestal,” Pope Francis said.
Jul 11, 2015 - 04:30 pm .- Meeting Saturday afternoon with representatives of Paraguayan society, Pope Francis addressed young people in particular, telling them they must realize that happiness is a result of working to make a more fraternal world.
Jul 11, 2015 - 11:32 am .- Pope Francis modified his schedule on Saturday, July 11, deciding to include this afternoon a visit to the Saint Rafael Foundation, which cares for patients with AIDS and cancer, and which was recently verbally attacked by Paraguay's most prominent gay rights activist.
Jul 11, 2015 - 09:47 am .- Saying Mass at the Marian shrine of Caacupé on Saturday, Pope Francis reflected that it is the task of the “women, wives and mothers” of Paraguay to keep alive their nation’s faith and heritage.
Jul 11, 2015 - 08:29 am .- There is one way to annoy Jesus, Pope Francis said on Saturday: Keep the children from coming to him.
Jul 10, 2015 - 05:33 pm .- Arriving in Paraguay on Friday, Pope Francis recognized the particular contribution of women in the nation’s warn-torn past.
Jul 10, 2015 - 09:19 am .- Pope Francis on Friday told Bolivian inmates that he too is a sinner who has experienced the merciful love of God, and encouraged them not to fall into despair but to accept forgiveness and to sustain themselves with prayer.
Jul 9, 2015 - 06:18 pm .- Following in the footsteps of St. John Paul II, Pope Francis on Thursday asked forgiveness for crimes against the indigenous peoples of Latin America during “the so-called conquest of America.”
Jul 9, 2015 - 05:38 pm .- In an address to international NGOs on Thursday, Pope Francis said the poor and marginalized have an irreplaceable role to play in reversing what he calls the global dictatorship of greed.
Jul 9, 2015 - 10:45 am .- When leftist Bolivian president Evo Morales on Thursday presented Pope Francis with a “communist crucifix” – a carving of Christ crucified on the hammer of a hammer and sickle – the Pope appeared to say, “This is not ok,” while shaking his head.
Jul 9, 2015 - 08:55 am .- Giving into despair when confronted with life’s difficulties only leads to an individualistic attitude that discards others, Pope Francis said Thursday, explaining that with Jesus, no one is ever left out or excluded.