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 | 12/11/2013 - 09:31
TIME Magazine has dubbed Pope Francis its Person of the Year.
According to TIME, the Roman Catholic leader has changed the perception of the church in an extraordinary way since he took the position in March of 2013.
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 Amaris Castillo | 07/29/2013 - 11:39
Pope Francis surely raised many eyebrows after recently saying that gay people should not be not be judged or marginalized.
According to Yahoo! News, this statement is perhaps the most conciliatory statement from any pontiff with regards to the LGBT community.
The 76-year-old leader of the Roman Catholic Church made this candid statement to journalists during a plane ride back to Rome from a visit to Brazil.
By Priscilla Rodriguez | 07/17/2013 - 10:06
Pope Francis is now on Twitter. It's true, the Pope has been tweeting since March of this year, and already has over two million followers.
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 Priscilla Rodriguez | 06/11/2013 - 10:30
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced yesterday that he is scheduled to meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican next Monday. This comes after the Pope's call to Venezuelan's to work on reaching political reconciliation.
By Mandy Velez | 05/27/2013 - 09:17
“Mom is upset with me again.”
What now? I thought to myself as I stared down at the green text bubble my younger brother sent me. It was one among countless other pleas for backup when he and my mom disagreed, which was often. When you have a 15-year-old boy and a stubborn Puerto Rican woman under one roof, things are bound to get heated. Assuming my usual position as referee, I asked him what happened.
“I basically told her I'm atheist,” he wrote back.
By Latina Staff | 05/13/2013 - 12:30
Sunday was an important day in Colombia's history, as the first Colombian was canonized as a saint by Pope Francis. Mother Laura Montoya was named a saint by the Catholic Church, with livestreams broadcasting the moment to her hometown of Jerico, in the western state of Antioquia.
The nun, who was known as Mother Laura, founded the Missionaries of Mary Immaculate and Saint Catherine of Sienna when she left urban society in 1914 with four other young women to live in the dense jungle.