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Pope Francis celebrates mass at the U.S.-Mexico border

Pope Francis celebrates mass at the U.S.-Mexico border
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The pope may not bring much change to Mexico

The pope may not bring much change to Mexico
Pope Francis is on his first trip to Mexico. On his way to meet with the president of Mexico, he first stopped Saturday morning to greet the elderly, kiss babies and bless the sick on the streets of Mexico City. But in a country that is majority Catholic there isn’t a lot of faith that... Read more »

Am I a bad Catholic if I don't agree with everything the pope says?

Am I a bad Catholic if I don't agree with everything the pope says?
In Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. he has spoken on many topics from helping the homelessness to supporting immigrants and against climate change. I agree with his stance on these issues. He reminds us that Jesus was homeless and how most Americans have immigrant roots. He compels us to take care of our planet.... Read more »
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The Pope brings his message in English and Spanish

The Pope brings his message in English and Spanish
At the White House, Pope Francis began his speech Wednesday morning by paying respect to immigrants. “As the son of an immigrant family, I am happy to be a guest in this country, which was largely built by such families,” he said. The Pope reminded us to fight injustice, discrimination and to protect the vulnerable.... Read more »

El Camino: Road trip across America

El Camino: Road trip across America
Before I take a trip, I always make sure I have a pendant of the Virgin Mary in my suitcase. I pinned her inside my orange rolling suitcase as we prepared to leave Chicago for a cross-country road trip. I also said a Hail Mary. My husband and I are spending our summer vacation on... Read more »

Chicanísima Advent Calendar: 13 days 'til Christmas

Chicanísima Advent Calendar: 13 days 'til Christmas
December 12 is the feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe. There are masses and celebrations in her honor in Mexico and across the United States. This image of La Virgen is next to St. Procopius Catholic Church, 1641 S. Allport Street, in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. She warms my heart even in the... Read more »
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Disney #FAIL Día De Los Muertos

Disney #FAIL Día De Los Muertos
Here’s a scary thought. Disney wanted to trademark “Día De Los Muertos.” Day of the Dead is a Mexican and Central American holiday with roots in pre-Columbian and Catholic religious traditions. It is celebrated November 1 and 2 with cemetery vigils and shrines in honor of the departed. Apparently, Disney filed trademark applications for “Día... Read more »

First Latin American Pope: Francis I

First Latin American Pope: Francis I
                  The world has the first pope from Latin America. He is Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina and will go by the name Pope Francis I. He is a man that can perhaps bridge Catholics in the old and new world. Bergoglio is the son of Italians who... Read more »

Pope Benedict XVI trading in red shoes for Mexican ones

Pope Benedict XVI trading in red shoes for Mexican ones
Pope Benedict XVI will step down Thursday, the first pope to give up his post in 600 years. This is unprecedented and people are wondering how his vestments will change. One thing is certain is that he will give up his red shoes that symbolize the blood of martyrs. But he will trade them in... Read more »
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Nativity Scenes de Navidad

This mini nativity scene is in the shape of an egg.
It is believed that the first nativity scene was set up by St. Francis of Assisi in 1223. Shortly after that clay figures were created in Italy to show the birth of the baby Jesus. Nativity scenes, also called nacimientos in Spanish, feature Mary, Joseph, the Three Wise Men, angels and some farm animals. On... Read more »