7 Lessons I Learned from Pope Francis’ Trip to South America

The Pope receives a gift. Image source: NBC news

The millions of people who gathered to see Pope Francis in Latin America showed without a doubt that most Latinos are still Catholic. The Holy Father was received with all the honors and privileges, and treated as a spiritual celebrity. Being from Latin America, the Pope’s visit made me follow the news and stay attentive to his words, more than any other news.

Now that he is back in Rome, I would like to share what I learned from the Pope through his message and actions during his visit to South America:

He’s Coming! Here’s the Schedule for Pope Francis’ USA Visit this September

Schedule of Pope Francis' trip to the United States

The USCCB has just announced the schedule of Pope Francis’ trip the United States from September 22 – 27, 2015. All times listed are Eastern Daylight Time.

Are you planning a trip to see the Holy Father while he’s in D.C., New York City, and Philadephia during the dates below? If so, please comment below and tell us about it!

Is First Communion a Tradition or a Conviction Among Latinos?

Latino First Holy Communion

Parents shop for their boys fine attire and the perfect dress for girls – sometimes so fancy that it looks like an early wedding ceremony! There is nothing wrong with that unless we lose sight of the real meaning and think that it is all about la fiestecita. So, there is a question: is First Communion just a tradition, or a religious conviction?

Perú, Polonia y El Salvador: Unidos por la Fe y el Martirio

persecucion cristianos

Un mártir es una persona que sufre persecución y muerte por defender su fe. A pesar del miedo que enfrentan, se sienten consolados y hasta privilegiados en dar la vida por lo que creeen. Exactamente como Jesucristo lo hizo.

No hace falta remontarse a siglos pasados. El martirio y la Cristiandad sigue existente en nuestros días. Los protagonistas no son super héroes con super poderes, sino seres humanos con grandes virtudes de paciencia a toda prueba, una fe heroica, una esperanza triunfal, una valentía excepcional y un amor fervoroso a Dios.

Journeying with Joseph & Mary: Las Posadas Catholic Christmas Tradition

las-posadas

la posada figure

The Christmas Posadas tradition begins tomorrow! Las Posadas is a wonderful 400+ year old Advent celebration in many Latin countries. For 9 days, from December 16th-24th, the faithful prepare for Christmas by acting out and reliving the days Mary & Joseph experienced as they journeyed to Bethlehem as told in the Gospels. They traveled from place to place seeking rest, only to be rejected, causing the Baby Jesus to be born in a manger.

Pope Francis is Coming to Philly!

Pope Francis Philadelphia

Pope Francis said he would attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September, making it the first confirmed stop on what is expected to be a more extensive papal visit to North America.

The pope made the announcement Nov. 17 in a speech opening an interreligious conference on traditional marriage.

“I would like to confirm that, God willing, in September 2015 I will go to Philadelphia for the eighth World Meeting of Families,” the pope said.