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People kneel during Ash Wednesday Mass at the cathedral in Guatemala City.(CNS photo/Jorge Dan Lopez, Reuters) (March 6, 2014) ...read more
Pope Francis went to Mexico, he said, as a “missionary of mercy and of peace but also as a son who wishes to pay homage to his mother, the Blessed Virgin of Guadalupe, and place himself under her watchful care” (Meeting with Authorities at National Palace in Mexico City, Feb. 13, 2016) and that he ...read more
Cardinal Roger Mahony Archbishop Emeritus of Los Angeles February 18, 2016 AT THE US-MEXICO BORDER, EL PASO – When the visit of Pope Francis to Mexico reached its close with his February 17th Mass at Ciudad Juarez, I could’ve had the privilege to cross the border and concelebrate with him. Instead, however, I chose to ...read more
Among the phrases that captured people’s attention during the Pope’s visit to Mexico was a phrase ad-libbed during his homily in Ecatepec. Lifting his gaze from the text in front of him, lifting his right hand to his forehead, Pope Francis exclaimed “let’s get this in our heads, you cannot dialogue with the devil.”   ...read more
Vatican City, 19 February 2016 (VIS) – As is customary in his apostolic trips, the Pope answered questions posed by journalists during the return flight to Rome, on his visit to Mexico and his encounter in Havana, Cuba with the Patriarch Kirill. The Holy Father addressed a series of themes that ranged from his Mexican ...read more
Pope Francis, in white, attends a weeklong Lenten retreat with senior members of the Roman Curia in Ariccia, Italy.(CNS photo/L’Osservatore Romano via Reuters) ...read more
Immediately following the conclusion of Pope Francis’ whirlwind visit to Mexico this week, I switched over to CNN to get caught up on the US presidential race.  As troublesome as it can be to watch things like last night’s GOP Town Hall from Greenville, South Carolina, I stuck it out, and near the end of ...read more
Pope Francis wrapped up his 6 day Apostolic Visit to Mexico on Wednesday with a visit to the border city of Juarez, where he visited a prison and brought a message of mercy, forgiveness and hope. The Pope spoke of the concern that Jesus Christ had to “care for the hungry, the thirsty, the homeless and prisoners.” “Divine mercy reminds ...read more
A young volunteer displays food prepared for dinners served at a Friday evening fish fry at Sweetest Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Detroit. The Friday fish fry is a big event during Lent for many people in Catholic parishes and is especially popular in some regions of the United States. (CNS photo/Jim West) ...read more
On Wednesday, February 17, 2015 the Holy Father concluded his first Apostolic Visit to Mexico in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico. Below, find the full text of his farewell greeting following the conclusion of Mass at the fairgrounds of Juarez City: Farewell Greeting of the Holy Father Area of the Fair of Juárez City Wednesday 17 February ...read more