By Cristina Arreola | 01/29/2014 - 11:36
Since the beginning of his reign, Pope Francis has delighted and surprised the Catholic Church (and the world!) with his unique, unconventional approach to the papacy.
Pope Francis, or Jorge Mario Bergoglio, was born on Dec. 17th, 1936 in a barrio of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was one of five children born to an Italian immigrant and his wife. Despite his humble background, Bergoglio rose the ranks of the church, ultimately becoming the leader of the worldwide Catholic Church earlier this year.
By Cristina Arreola | 12/03/2013 - 14:28
Warning: Don’t read this if you like to sleep at night.
Mexican priests are reportedly overworked and exhausted thanks to a surge in exorcisms and demon activity in the country. According to BBC News, some priests are unable to take new cases, because they are expelling as many as one demon per day.
By Cristina Arreola | 09/20/2013 - 09:38
Pope Francis desires a “new balance” in the Catholic Church, asking for greater involvement of women and less condemnation towards gay people.
In an interview with an Italian Jesuit journal, Pope Francis, who was elected in March, stresses the need for reform in the Catholic Church, stating that the first change must be one of “attitude.”
By Priscilla Rodriguez | 07/05/2013 - 10:33
The Vatican announced this morning that the Roman Catholic Church will declare the late Pope John Paul II a saint.
CNN reports that Pope Francis signed the decree Friday morning. When Pope John Paul II passed, thousands gathered in St. Peter's Square chanting "Santo subito," which means Sainthood now.
By Amaris Castillo | 06/10/2013 - 10:26
It turns out Pope Francis didn’t really want his position.
According to MSN Now, the first Latin American pontiff in history said he “didn’t want to be pope.”
The 76-year-old made the remark during a chat with children from Jesuit schools across Italy and Albania.
By Franziska Castillo | 06/03/2013 - 11:39
When the bleeding started, my first thought was—go to the doctor.
Six weeks pregnant, I was still recovering from the upheaval of moving to Mexico to care for my sick mother, while juggling a nine-year-old daughter and work.
By Sugey Palomares | 03/20/2013 - 11:09
As the first Latin American pontiff in history, Pope Francis became an instant favorite among most Latino communities. Since taking power, Jorge Bergoglio has made it clear that spreading the word of God throughout Latin America is part of his agenda. Within a week of getting sworn in, Pope Francis has already met with Argentinean President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, who he previously clashed with in regards to gay marriage and abortion.
By Sugey Palomares | 03/14/2013 - 13:10
While the world has the opportunity to celebrate history in the making, as the first Latin becomes the new pontiff, we must also wonder what Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio really stands for and whether his beliefs align with the modern Latino in the U.S. There’s no denying that he has his work cut out for him.
By Amaris Castillo | 03/13/2013 - 15:53
There’s a new pope at the Vatican – and he’s Latino!
The world stood still today as we waited for the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church to emerge from the balcony at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Vatican City. When he did, the man in the white robes was Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, former Archbishop of his native Buenos Aires.
By Kamren Curiel | 02/12/2013 - 12:26
Argentina's Leonardo Sandri may be in the running to become the first Latin American to lead the world’s one billion Roman Catholics after Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation Monday.
In the midst of what was supposed to be a routine meeting with cardinals about potential saints, Pope Benedict (born Joseph Ratzinger) delivered the news in Latin that he is resigning on Feb. 28 because of old age. Benedict will become the first pope in 600 years to resign.