SANTIAGO DE CUBA, CUBA – In this Caribbean nation of 11.3 million, one of the greatest challenges to Catholic evangelization comes from Cubans who practise traditional African religions.
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HAVANA – Pope Benedict met former Cuban President Fidel Castro in the apostolic nunciature in Havana March 28 and answered the ailing former leader's questions, the Vatican spokesman said.
The Cuba that Pope Benedict visited March 26-28 is a country where the Catholic Church enjoys significantly more freedom and official recognition than it did when Blessed John Paul II made the first papal visit to the island in 1998.
TORONTO – You may be blessed, but Ontario's Ministry of Transportation wants nothing to do with it. The provincial government won't allow drivers to be randomly blessed on Ontario highways and byways.
TORONTO – Mother Mary has gone mobile in the form of an app on iTunes.
Three years into the implementation of Edmonton's 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness, about 1,600 people have made the journey from homelessness to home.
Development and Peace is facing significant program reductions and staff cuts after the Catholic lay movement was hit by a 65 per cent cut in government funding.
EDMONTON – For centuries, Gregorian chant remained at the heart of Church music. Then the style of music mostly fell into disuse after the Baroque period, before experiencing a revival in the 19th century.
Celebrating Mass in the Catholic heartland of Mexico, Pope Benedict told a nation and a continent suffering from poverty, corruption and violence, to trust in God and the intercession of Mary.
EL COBRE, CUBA - Entrusting people to Mary's maternal care is a normal Catholic practice, but when Pope Benedict prayed that Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre would wrap her golden mantle around the people of Cuba, it was particularly poignant.