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Dear Pope Francis: Remember Latinos Are Americans, Too

Maria Teresa Kumar | Posted 09.22.2015 | Latino Voices
Maria Teresa Kumar

It's hard to overstate the excitement many Latino Catholics feel about this week's papal visit. A Pope for whom Spanish is his first language, from South America, and deeply rooted in the theology of social justice so predominant in Latin culture: this is the Pope we've been waiting for.

Pope Francis, Meet Bolivia's Pachamama

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 07.08.2015 | Religion

As Pope Francis arrives in Bolivia on Wednesday, he’ll encounter a country where indigenous gods and religious beliefs are holding their ground. ...

Jaweed Kaleem

Hispanic Catholics Increasingly Choosing 'No Religion': Survey | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 05.07.2014 | Religion

While immigration over several decades has driven up the share of Hispanics in the pews across U.S. Catholic churches, a new survey shows that Hispani...

LOOK: Catholics In Latin America Pay Tribute To Christ

AP | Posted 04.19.2014 | Latino Voices

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Roman Catholics throughout Latin America and the Caribbean are paying tribute to Jesus Christ in Holy Week traditions that go bac...

Madrid's Catholic Church Says It Needs Exorcists

AP | CIARAN GILES | Posted 05.24.2013 | Religion

MADRID -- The Catholic archdiocese in Madrid says it needs more exorcists to help some of its faithful cope with the devil. An archdiocese spokeswoma...

Pope Francis' Informal Exorcism, Latin American Style

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 07.22.2013 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

As shocking as it may be to some observers and Catholics in the Global North, Pope Francis' informal exorcism neatly captures the rise of the Global South, where prayers for deliverance from evil are common Catholic currency.

Vatican: Santa Muerte Is Blasphemous

AP | Posted 07.08.2013 | Religion

MEXICO CITY — The Vatican's culture minister says Mexico's folk Death Saint is a blasphemous symbol that shouldn't be part of any religion. Car...

Puerto Rican Catholics Rally Around Beleaguered Archbishop

AP | DANICA COTO | Posted 07.08.2013 | Religion

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Roman Catholics in Puerto Rico rallied Wednesday around an archbishop who is apparently under pressure from the Vatican ...

Vatican Official Denounces Santa Muerte As 'Sinister And Infernal'

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 06.22.2013 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

The confluence of theological concerns, religious competition, new Latin American influence at the Vatican and media coverage have resulted in Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi's condemnation of the cult of Santa Muerte as the embodiment of Latin America's "culture of death."

New Pope's Election May Boost Sainthood Drive For Slain Salvadoran Archbishop

Joseph Frazier | Posted 05.22.2013 | Religion
Joseph Frazier

A top Salvadoran church official says the elevation of Cardinal José Maria Bergoglio to Pope Francis could advance the plodding campaign for sainthood for Msgr. Oscar Arnulfo Romero, an outspoken peace advocate and possibly the country's most revered figure, assassinated for his views on March 24, 1980.

Pope Francis And The Preferential Option For The Latin American Poor

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 05.18.2013 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

Between losses to charismatic Protestantism and a growing number of the religiously unaffiliated, especially among the region's impoverished youth, Catholicism in Latin America finds itself at a critical juncture. New Evangelization will thus most likely become the focal point of Pope Francis' papacy.

Article Of Faith

Viviana Hurtado | Posted 05.14.2013 | Religion
Viviana Hurtado

As godmother, I am entrusted with raising my goddaughters in the Catholic Faith should anything happen to their parents. My anxiety about the authenticity of my faith, always lying latent, punched through.

Jaweed Kaleem

Latin American Catholics Get Boost From Latino Pope | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 03.15.2013 | Religion

As the first Latin American pope after more than 1,000 years of popes from Europe, Pope Francis' election on Wednesday means the leader of the world's...

God's Not Brazilian But The Next Pope Should Be

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 05.04.2013 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

As bitter a pill as it is for the Vatican to swallow, Europe is by and large lost territory, mostly to the forces of secularization. A continued myopic Eurocentrism on the part of the Vatican would only lead to further weakening of the global Church.

Can A Non-European Pope Heal The Church?

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 04.14.2013 | Religion
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

A black or Latin American pope could send the strong message to practicing Catholics and prospective converts in Latin America or Africa that the Catholic Church is committed to making them not only church members, but policy decision makers.

Despierta! Hispanic Evangelicals And Political Ping-Pong

Rev. Gabriel Salguero | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rev. Gabriel Salguero

Hispanic evangelicals are the quintessential swing voters. If Pew's research is correct, the approximate 7.5 million Latino evangelicals are an electorate that is not easily tied to any political party.

Jaweed Kaleem

New Survey Reveals Sharp Contrasts Between Evangelical And Catholic Latino Voters | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 10.18.2012 | Religion

A new survey released Thursday shows that while Latino voters generally support the reelection of President Barack Obama by a wide margin over Republi...