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Worship Services in Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta • Riviera Nayarit 

Puerto Vallarta is home to a wide range of churches and temples catering to every faith and religion. In addition to an abundance of Catholic churches, there are also weekly English-speaking services for non-denominational christians, Jehovah's Witnesses, Baptists, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints and the Baha'i Faith to name a few.

Here's a list of Banderas Bay churches for those who want to attend worship services around Puerto Vallarta.


Centro Cristiano Nuevo Amanecer
Sierra Aconcagua 111, Puerto Vallarta
Tel: (322) 223-2020

Primera Iglesia Bautista (First Baptist English Church)
Argentina 181 at Parque Hidalgo, Puerto Vallarta
Tel: (322) 222-1722 or 222-0722
Sunday Services at Plaza Caracol ( 2nd floor) 9:45 am, and in English at 11 am and 7 pm
Visit the Website


Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish (Parroquia de Guadalupe)
Hidalgo 370, Puerto Vallarta
Tel: (322) 222-1326
English Mass at 5:00 pm on Saturdays and Bilingual at 10:00 am on Sundays.

Our Lady of Peace
Located in the Town Plaza
Bucerias, Nayarit

Our Lady of the Refuge Parish (Parroquia de Nuestra Señora del Refugio)
Corner of Peru and Argentina, Puerto Vallarta
Tel: (322) 222-4980

Paradise Village Catholic Mass
Paradise Village Golf and Spa Resort
Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit
Shopping Mall Paradise Plaza
10:00 am Service (Sunday)

Punta de Mita Catholic Church
Corral del Risco, Punta de Mita, Nayarit
Mass is at 8:00 am Sundays

Punta de Mita
Emiliano Zapata, Punta de Mita, Nayarit
Mass is at 9:00 am Sundays

Sacred Cross Parish (Parroquia de la Santa Cruz)
Lazaro Cardenas 395 at Aguacate, Puerto Vallarta
Tel: (322) 222-0989

Sacred Heart of Jesus Church (Templo Sagrado Corazon de Jesus)
Plaza Paritzica 17, Col. Aramara, Puerto Vallarta
Tel: (322) 224-0329

San Rafael Parish (Parroquia San Rafael)
Calle Jamaica, Puerto Vallarta
Tel: (322) 222-2440

Virgin of Talpa Church (Iglesia de la Virgen de Talpa)
Plaza Central Sur 167, Puerto Vallarta
Tel: (322) 224-1323


Apostolic Church - Faith in Christ (Iglesia Apostolica de la Fe en Cristo)
Costa Rica 1422, Puerto Vallarta
Tel: (322) 224-9682

Calvary Chapel (Also Non-Denominational)
Pablo Picasso 105 at the entrance to Hotel Las Palmas, 1 block south of Caracol
Sunday 10:30 am & 6:30 pm in English, Bible Study Tuesday & Wednesday at 6:30 pm.
Outreach program in a neighborhood located close to the dump.
Free English classes Monday, Thursday and Saturday.
Tel: (322) 293-5455

Perdon y Amistad Church
Candelaria 143, Barrio Sta Maria, Puerto Vallarta
(Two blocks away from the Libramiento and the Old Regional Hospital)
Bilingual Services on Sundays at 11:00 am
Tel: (322) 223-4311 or 222-2572
Visit the Website

Jehovah's Witnesses:

Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses
271 Milan, Colonia Versalles, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
(Meetings in English or Spanish)
Meeting Times:

Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses Bucerias (Covers Nuevo Vallarta, Bucerias, La Cruz, Punta de Mita)
Francisco Villa #80, Colonia La Unidad. Bucerias, Riviera Nayarit
(Meetings in English or Spanish)
Meeting Times:


Church of Latter Day Saints (La Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Ultimos Dias)
Emiliano Zapata 420, Col. V. Gomez Farias, Puerto Vallarta
Sacrament at 8:00 am, 10:00 am and 12:00 pm
Tel: (322) 224-9680


Amazing Grace Christian Church - Interdenominational Service in English
Paseo Cocoteros 33 - 35 located in Ciao Restaurant
Next to Riviera Restaurant and across Paseo Cocoteros from Bahia del Sol
Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit
10:00 am Sunday English
Stanley Woodward - Pastor
Websites: &
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Christian Interdenominational Church
Lateral Libramiento 332, Puerto Vallarta
Tel: (322) 222-4019

Grace and Peace Nondenominational Christian Church
20 de Noviembre 42, Bucerias, Nayarit
10:00 am Service on Sunday
Pastor Sean Spear
Tel: (322) 227-2217

La Fuente Riviera - Non-Denominational Christian Church
49 Cleofas Salazar, Bucerias, Nayarit, Mexico
Meeting Times: Sundays, 10:30 am - English and Sun 7pm & Wed 7pm - Spanish.
Office hours are 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, Tuesday-Friday
Tel: (329) 298-6333.
Pastor is Keith Durkin.
Visit the Website

Light of the World (La Luz del Mundo)
Col. Hermosa Provincia, Puerto Vallarta
Tel: (322) 224-8273

New Dawn Center
Centro Nuevo Amanecer, Ave Las Palmas, Puerto Vallarta
Services at 11:00 am
Tel: (322) 222-3330
Worship in Paradise
Act II Stages - Main Stage
Insurgentes & Basilio Badillo
Evangelical, Casual, Contemporary
Small groups, Community Service, Worship in English Sunday at 10:30 am
Pastor Ric Lehman, USA phone: (970) 372-1370, Mexico cell: 044-322-133-7263
Visit the Website


Anglican Church Puerto Vallarta
Blvd. Francisco Medina Ascencio 7936
(On the Lateral across from the airport,
complimentary free parking at SIXT Rental Car next door)
Sunday Service in English at 10:00 am
Ask about our Outreach Programs
Father Jack Wehrs: (322) 229-1129 cell or (619) 300-7377
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Christian Community Church
181 Argentina Street
Sunday Services at 9:45 am
Tuesday Bible Studies at 10:00 am
Visit the Website

Iglesia Christo Del Mar - Christ Church by the Sea
Across from the airport on the Northbound service road next to Thrifty Car Rental.
Anglican/Episcopalian - all faiths welcome - services in English
Sunday at 10:00 am Mid-November through Mid-May
Curt Hahn, Webminister
Tel:  US (619) 822-2656
Visit the Website

Iglesia Eben-Ezer
Juan Escutia 301, Puerto Vallarta
Tel: (322) 224-2630

Paradise Village Christian Service
Paradise Village Golf and Spa Resort
Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit
Salon Del Sol
10:30 am Service (Sunday)

Parroquia de San Miguel-Arcangel
Corner of Independencia and Zapata, Puerto Vallarta
Tel: (322) 224-2053

Seventh Day Adventist Church (Iglesia Adventista del Septimo Dia)
Roma 188, Puerto Vallarta
Tel: (322) 224-8422

Last updated: September 27, 2019 · Charity ID: 122

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Vallarta-Nayarit Sunday Worship Services in English


As a convenience to our readers, following is an overview of Sunday worship services in English around Banderas Bay.

Church of the Holy Cross 'Fiestas de Mayo' in Old Town Vallarta

Church of the Holy Cross

Have fun while participating and helping to preserve a wonderful Mexican tradition of Church and neighbourhood working together. Admission is free.

Events Not to Miss This Week in Vallarta-Nayarit


A lot is going on around Banderas Bay this week including Dinner Theater, Kitty Bingo, Motomania Biker Festival, Revolution Day Parade, Chalk Art Festival, Riviera Nayarit Half & 10K, Farmers Markets, Saturday Wake-Up Radio Show in English, and so much more.

Jehovah's Witnesses Worldwide Memorial Services in Vallarta-Nayarit

Jehovahs Witnesses

Last year, almost 20 million people worldwide observed this annual event. What about this year? The Memorial of Christ’s death will be held on Friday, April 3, 2015 at 7:00 pm.

Caritas Presents Charity Week Festivities in Support of Vallarta's Less Fortunate


Activities on March 1 - 8 are centered around Our Lady of Guadalupe Church by the PV Town Square which will include concerts and food drives where you are invited to bring food, gently used clothing or donations for concerts.

Amazing Grace Christian Church Begins Fourth Year in New Location

Amazing Grace Christian Church

I am excited to inform you that AGCC is starting its fourth year of operation in Nuevo Vallarta and we continue to have our Christian church service in English every Sunday at 10:30 am.

Christ Church by the Sea in Puerto Vallarta Invites You for Sunday Services in English

Christ Church by the Sea

Christ Church by the Sea has services in English every Sunday at 10:00 am year round and in our air conditioned chapel during the summer. Look for our big palapa across from the airport, two blocks south of the pedestrian bridge.

Amazing Grace Church Celebrates Third Season

Amazing Grace Christian Church

Our big news concerns the authorization we received in January from the Mexican government to form a legal not-for-profit foundation. AGM is the entity that will now provide the physical support to the families located in Colonia Majisterio and Bosques de Progreso.

Amazing Grace Christian Church Celebrates 3rd Year in Nuevo Vallarta

Amazing Grace Christian Church

Pastor Stanley Woodward is excited to inform you that AGCC is starting its third year of operation, and we continue to have our Christian church service in English every Sunday at 10:30 am.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church

If you live or have been to Vallarta, you have surely visited it. If you are planning to visit the city, add it to your list of things to do in town. It not only is great for souvenir photos, you will get a glimpse of one of the most important monuments of the city and the spiritual center of the Catholics in town.

Mexico’s Maya Heartland Home to Muslim Community

Thomson Reuters Trust

A vibrant Muslim community exists in the indigenous Maya heartland of Mexico, a predominantly Roman Catholic country.

Pope Canonizes First Child Martyrs from New World

Thomson Reuters

Pope Francis canonized 35 new Roman Catholic saints on Sunday, including three indigenous children martyred in 16th century Mexico and considered the first Christians killed for their faith in the New World.

Archdiocese of Mexico City Offers Free Medical Care for Earthquake Victims

Catholic News Agency

In the wake of last week’s devastating earthquake, the Archdiocese of Mexico City has announced that anyone needing medical care can go to the Catholic Church’s clinics and hospitals even if they are unable to pay.

The Dwindling Number of Catholics in Latin America

El Universal

Catholicism is no longer the religious monopoly in Latin America, although in many countries it still exercises the rights of a dominant religion.

Mexican Cartels and Street Gangs Create ‘Narco Saints’ to Moralize Crime

Epoch Times

Drug cartels and street gangs in Mexico are creating their own religions and altering beliefs in existing Catholic saints, in a move to create a new “narcoculture” that tries to morally justify crime and violence.

Mexicans Relying on Religion to Break Their Addictions

Agencia EFE

Some Mexicans are turning to their faith to break their dependence on alcohol or drugs by taking oaths to the Virgin of Guadalupe, whose basilica here receives some 200 devotees each day who swear to leave their addictions behind.

Pope Francis Announces a New Path to Sainthood


Until now, there have only been three paths to canonization - the church’s saint-making process - in the world’s largest Christian denomination. But now, Pope Francis has opened up a fourth path to sainthood.

Mexico’s ‘Heavenly Police’ Turn to a Higher Power

Agence France-Presse

One cop turned drug dealer turned born-again Christian says he has found the answer to rampant crime and corruption in Mexico: pray.

Catholics Head List of Those in Mexico Who Have Modified Their Religious Beliefs

El Universal

Mexico is considered the most Catholic country in the world, but for the last decades, it has gone through accelerated changes and transformations regarding religious diversity.

Defending Christians: A Mexican Persecution Story

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

The World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians advocated for their Christian brothers and sisters worldwide who are suffering for their faith in Jesus Christ.

Mexican Church Pairs Jesus and Avengers for Easter


A church in Mexico is promoting some of its upcoming Easter celebrations with a bit of flair: putting Jesus Christ side-by-side with Iron Man and Captain America.

Pope Francis to Canonize the Child Martyrs of Tlaxcala

The Associated Press

Pope Francis is making five more child saints: two Portuguese shepherd children who said the Virgin Mary appeared to them in Fatima 100 years ago and three Mexican adolescents who were killed for their faith in the 16th century.

US Bishops Join Mexico in Denouncing 'Santa Muerte'

The Associated Press

Bishops in the United States are denouncing La Santa Muerte - the skeleton folk saint in Mexico linked to the illicit drug trade.

A Priest in Mexico Who Performed 6,000 Exorcisms Says the Devil Fears Him

The Christian Times

An 80-year-old Mexican priest, who has conducted at least 6,000 exorcisms in his 40 years of service, has claimed that the devil is afraid of him.

Pope Assures Women They Can Breastfeed in Church

The Christian Times

Pope Francis made a bold statement while attending a ceremony in Vatican during the weekend: women should feel free to breastfeed their children inside the church.

Pope's Rep Says Mexico Poverty 'an Embarrassment'

The Fulano Forum

Apostolic nuncio Franco Coppola said that poverty in Mexico is "an embarrassment." Three months after his arrival in Mexico, he said he was amazed by the misery here.

Winter Solstice Illuminations at Spanish Missions

The Conversation

At hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of missions stretching from northern California to Peru, the winter solstice sun triggers an extraordinarily rare and fascinating event.

Clowns March Through Mexico City to Honor the Virgin


Hundreds of clowns march through Mexico City to honor the Virgin of Guadalupe for protecting the profession and providing work throughout the year.

Millions Make Pilgrimage to Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe Celebration

Latin American Herald Tribune

In one of the largest pilgrimages in the world, millions of faithful come from all over Mexico to the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe in celebration of the country's patron saint.

Vatican Insists Gays Cannot Enter Catholic Priesthood

Agence France-Presse

A decree on training for Roman Catholic priests published this week stresses the obligation of sexual abstinence, as well as barring gays and those who support "gay culture" from holy orders.

Rights Activist Says Mexico 'in Denial' Over Christians Forced Out of Homes for Their Beliefs

World Watch Monitor

Thirty families in western Mexico were forced out of their homes in January 2016 because, they say, they were attracting other villagers to evangelical Christianity, posing a threat to their ancestral traditions.

Diversity of Cultures in Mexico May Have Made It More Acceptable of Muslims

The Mazatlan Messenger

Not that the Catholic religion is in jeopardy, but Mexico is home to a quickly growing Muslim population.

They Call Her La Santa Muerte, But She's No Saint

Eurasia Review

The skeletal female figure has a growing devotion in Mexico, Central America, and some places in the United States, but don’t be fooled by the Mary-like veil or the holy-sounding name.

Scientists Take First Look Inside Christ's Burial Place in Centuries

National Geographic

Scientists expose Jesus Christ's last resting place for first time in the modern era during restoration work at Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Church of Reconciliation in Mexico City Is Home for LGBT Believers

Al Jazeera

Although most Catholic Mexicans remain conservative, many are becoming more accepting of the LGBT community.

Young Martyr a Symbol of Hope for Mexico's Priests

Catholic News Service

The martyrdom of St. Jose Sanchez del Rio, who died in 1928 during a government crackdown on Catholics, takes on a new meaning today amid violence in Mexico.

Mexico's Ambassador to UNESCO Fired Over Infamous Jerusalem Resolution

The Jewish Press

Andres Roemer, Mexico’s Jewish ambassador to UNESCO in Paris, was fired over his reluctance to cast a ballot in favor of a resolution that denied the basic reality of his ancestry and that of his countrymen.

Inside the Secret Lives of Mexican Catholic Nuns

National Geographic

Gaining access to their world wasn’t easy. Cloistered in Catholic monasteries, these sisters embrace tradition, devotion - and rock-and-roll.

Spike Seen in Santa Muerte Worship and Demon Exorcism in Mexico


VICE travels to Mexico City to explore the rapidly growing Santa Muerte cult and the increasing rate at which exorcisms are being performed by religious leaders throughout the country.

Priests Keep Saint Teresa's Work Alive in Tijuana

Voice of San Diego

The Missionaries of Charity priests have carried on the nun’s legacy in the city’s most neglected corners since their center opened there in 1988, holding masses and weekly soup kitchens and tending to the ill.

Researchers Use Digital X-Rays to Reveal Insides of Mexico's Holy Reliquaries

Al Jazeera

For centuries Mexicans have gathered to show their devotion to Reliquaries, wax figures symbolizing Catholic saints. The items were used to promote the church. But researchers are now using technology to find out more.

Catholics Break Rocks to Break Bad Luck Streaks


Every year, on the third week of August, thousands of Bolivian Catholics gather on the outskirts of capital La Paz to take a swing at fortune by breaking rocks.

Pope Francis Declares Revered Mother Teresa a Saint


Mother Teresa, the Catholic nun who worked on behalf of the poor in the Indian city of Kolkata for a half-century, has been declared a saint by Pope Francis.

Catholic Church of Mexico Says President Pena Nieto 'Betrayed Us'

PanAm Post

The sour relationship between Pena Nieto and the Mexican Catholic Church could make a dent in the elections of 2018.

Budding Young Priest Calls Troubled Mexican Youth to 'Gang of Christ'

Thomson Reuters

On the troubled fringes of the northern Mexican city of Monterrey, an aspiring Catholic priest is using his faith to reach out to young gang members and at-risk youth and bring them into his "Gang of Christ."

Respect Indigenous Cultures, Traditions, Pope Asks


Pope Francis has dedicated the month of July to praying for the world’s indigenous peoples, asking specifically in his new prayer video that their identity and cultural traditions be respected.

Did Church Resistance to Same-Sex Marriage Sway June Elections in Mexico?

Catholic News Service

How much the same-sex marriage issue and Catholic Church intervention, along with the intervention from evangelical congregations, swayed Mexico's recent elections remains disputed.

Ancient Temple of Mexican Otomi Indians Damaged

The Associated Press

Assailants have damaged an ancient Otomi Indian religious site in Mexico, toppling stone structures used as altars, breaking carved stones and scattering offerings of flowers, fruit and paintings at a remote mountain shrine.

Church in Mexico Intervenes in Bitter Dispute Between Government and Teachers

Catholic News Service

Churchmen in the southern Mexican states of Oaxaca and Chiapas have offered to mediate after eight protestors were killed.

Pope Francis Sends Strong Condemnation to World Congress on Death Penalty

Rome Reports

On the occasion of the opening of the Sixth World Congress against the death penalty held in Oslo, Norway from June 21-23rd, with the participation of 140 organizations, the Pope sent this message showing support.

Catholic Church Puts PRI Party Defeat Down to Gay Marriage Bill

PanAm Post

The Archdiocese of Mexico’s Catholic church has recently taken aim at a presidential initiative that if passed would constitutionally recognize gay marriage.

Sistine Chapel Replica Unveiled in Mexico City

Agencia EFE

Mexico City has presented a life-sized replica of the famous Sistine Chapel in Vatican City, a project that will allow all in the capital to enjoy this iconic Heritage of Humanity.

Muslims in Chiapas Begin Holy Ramadan Observation

Ruptly TV

Muslims from the town of San Cristobal de las Casas gathered to mark the holy Islamic month of Ramadan, Tuesday, as indigenous Mayans and Tzotzil community in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas are increasingly converting to the religion.

Defeated in the U.S., LDS Church Takes Fight Against Same-Sex Marriage to Mexico


Officials with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have issued a declaration to church members in Mexico instructing them to oppose a new initiative that would legalize same-sex marriage in the country.

Deaf Bible App Now Includes Mexican Sign Language

MNN Online

The most recent addition to the Deaf Bible app is Mexican Sign language. It now has five books translated, with plans to get five more books out next year.

Protestants Facing Increased Persecution in Mexico's Indigenous Communities


Lauro Perez Nunez was banished from his community for failing to belong to the “traditionalist” church, which is a combination of paganism and Catholicism.

End the Violence, Seek God's Peace - A Mexican Bishop Calls for Hope


A Mexican bishop is seeking answers after recent attacks on Catholic churches and priests, and years of high murder rates.

Christians Refused Water by Authorities in Chiapas

Christian Daily

Christians in Chiapas state, Mexico are suffering discrimination and persecution. There has been a shortage of water in the Mexican Christian community after local authorities decided to cut off their supply of potable water.

A Protestant Awakening in Mexico: Movement Focused on Material Needs Is Displacing Catholicism

PanAm Post

The recent expansion of Protestantism throughout Latin America has been of great interest to anthropologists studying religion, as Protestantism in all its forms has increasingly become a formidable contender in the “market” for Latin Americans’ souls.

Pope Francis Issues Guide to Love, Sex and Marriage

CBS This Morning

The Vatican has released a new document called "The Joy of Love" on sex, marriage and family life that may help millions of Catholics find their way back to the church.

Morgan Freeman to Uncover the Mysteries of Creation in 'Story of God'

Entertainment Tonight

The Oscar-winning actor embarks on an epic exploration of God in new National Geographic Channel series.

Acapulco Archbishop Asks Criminals for Easter Truce

Catholic News Service

The archbishop of Acapulco called on organized crime to cease violence during Holy Week, when thousands of Mexicans descend on the seaside city for the Easter holidays.

Last Living Soldier in Mexico's War for Religious Freedom Dies at 103


"Cristero" Juan Daniel Macias Villegas spent his whole life in one Jalisco village, except for the years he fought for the Church.

Editorial by Mexican Archdiocese Asks 'Who Gave Pope Francis Bad Advice?'

The Associated Press

Mexico's main archdiocese has taken the unusual step of publicly saying Pope Francis had been badly advised when directed harsh words to local bishops during his visit in mid-February.

Have You Committed a Super-Serious Sin? Head for a Super-Confessor!

How Stuff Works

After being given supersized powers to forgive the gravest of sins, 1,142 Catholic priests and monks are now fanning out around the globe at the behest of Pope Francis.

Michelangelo's Masterpiece Recreated in Mexico City

Wall Street Journal

Artist Miguel Macias is producing his own version of the Sistine Chapel's ceiling at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Mexico City - just on a smaller scale.

Peasants and Mothers of Missing Say Mexico Diocese Barring Them from Pope

Al Jazeera

Juarez residents, who have suffered horrific violence, request audience with Francis during his visit to border.

In Mexico, Pope Francis Has Strong Words for Both Political and Clerical Elite

CBS News

In his first papal visit to Mexico, Pope Francis wasted no time admonishing the corruption and violence that has gripped the country over the last decade.

Why These Catholic Nuns Are Killing It on Social Media


Mariana Atencio went to live in a convent to find out how nuns are spreading the word of the Church using Instagram, Vine, Facebook and Twitter.

Pope Francis Greeted Like a Rock Star in First Papal Visit to Mexico

Associated Press

Francis was greeted at Mexico City's airport with a rock concert-like show with blue floodlights illuminating a stage and bandstands and crowds waving yellow handkerchiefs.

Mexico Believers Fleeing Catholicism - Can the Pope's Visit Turn the Tide?

The Christian Broadcasting Network

With a record number of people here now embracing evangelical Christianity, Pope Francis is hoping his visit will re-energize his flock and keep Mexicans faithful to the Catholic Church.

Priests Find Themselves on the Front Lines of Mexico's War on Drugs

Pope Francis travels to Mexico on Friday, a country where suspected narco-traffickers have murdered nearly a dozen Catholic priests in the last few years.

Pope Francis Urges Mexico to Fight Corruption, Drug Trafficking on Eve of Visit


Mexicans should battle against corruption and grisly drug gang violence, Pope Francis urged on Wednesday, just days before he is set to make his first tour of some of Mexico's most violence-scarred regions as pontiff.

Free Tickets for Pope Francis Visit to Mexico to be Distributed by the Dioceses


The 882,225 tickets to see Pope Francis during his Feb. 12-17 visit to Mexico will be distributed in the next few days by the dioceses, the visit's coordinator, Monsignor Eugenio Lira said.

Jalisco Community Expels 10 Baptist Families for Refusing to Recant Faith

Christian Today

The 18 adults and 10 children from Tuxpan de Bolaños in Jalisco state were put in a pick-up truck and driven to nearby mountains where they were abandoned for refusing to recant their Christian faith.

Bishops Warn of Ticket Scams for Pope Francis' Upcoming Mexico Visit

Catholic News Agency

Following the rise of fraudulent papal ticket “sales” online, the Mexican Conference of Catholic Bishops has reminded the faithful that tickets to attend events during Pope Francis’ trip are free.

Pope Francis' February Visit to Ciudad Juarez: What to Know if You Go

What to do, bring, see if you go to see the Pope in Juarez next month with someone who has been there: azcentral's Yvonne Wingett Sanchez.

Collection from Mexico Papal Masses to Fund New Migrant Welcoming Centers

Catholic News Agency

Funds raised during the collection in Pope Francis' public Masses in Mexico have a special destination: they will be used to build two new welcoming centers for the country’s large influx of immigrants.

Pope Francis Visit to Draw Millions, Will Get Heavy Security in Mexico

Associated Press

Pope Francis is expected to draw 2.3 million spectators at his main event on the outskirts of Mexico City in February. Government officials in the State of Mexico said 10,000 state police officers will be assigned to keep the peace.

Pilgrim Promises Pope Francis 'Lots of Tequila' Ahead of Mexico Visit

With or without tequila? That is the decision Pope Francis faces ahead of his visit to Mexico this winter.

Persecution of Evangelical Mexican Christians 'Happening in Almost Complete Obscurity'

The Gospel Herald

When most people think of Mexico, they don't think of persecuted Christians. About 83 percent of the Mexican population is Catholic. However, Evangelical Christianity is apparently growing, which may explain in part why some Mexican states have become hostile to them.

'Gift of Sanctuary': US Churches to House Immigrants Facing Deportation

A US religious campaign supporting Central American refugees, the Sanctuary Movement, said it would offer its congregations' churches to families facing deportation from the United States, ahead of a planned government crackdown on illegal immigrants.

In Christmas Address, Pope Francis Blasts Excess, Materialism, Culture of Indifference

The Associated Press

In his Christmas Eve homily, Pope Francis noted the simplicity of Jesus’ birth as he rebuked what he called societies’ intoxication with consumerism, pleasure, abundance and wealth.

Cardinal Norberto Rivera Says Church Has No Problem with Medical Marijuana Use

The Associated Press

Roman Catholic Cardinal Norberto Rivera recalled that when he was a child the plant was commonly used for health reasons, such as relieving pain.

Pope Francis Clears Roman Catholic Nun Mother Teresa's Path to Sainthood

The New York Times

Pope Francis has recognized a second miracle attributed to Mother Teresa, the Roman Catholic nun who was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for her work helping the poor of Kolkata, India, clearing the way for her canonization next year.

Pope's Focus on Violence and Poor Likely to Make for 'Uncomfortable' Mexico Visit

The Guardian

The pope is expected to visit Michoacan and Juarez, areas struck by violence and upheaval – which may cause some discomfort for the president and government.

Millions Celebrate the Virgin of Guadalupe Festival

The Californian

Every year, faithful Catholics devoted to the Virgin of Guadalupe make their pilgrimage to the heart of Mexico City to arrive at the most symbolic place, the Basilica of Guadalupe.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Shouldn't be Viewed as Just a Mexican Tradition

Catholic News Service

With the growing Latino population in the United States, the presence of Hispanics has steadily increased in Catholic churches throughout the country, creating a greater awareness of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patroness of the Americas.

Catholic Church Works to Promote Peace in Mexico's Violent Guerrero State

Catholic News Service

Bishops in Guerrero have responded to the insecurity and to the inauguration of a new governor with a pastoral letter calling for dialogue and prioritizing attention to victims of violence.

500 Years of Virgin Mary Sightings in One Map

National Geographic

Apparitions of the Virgin Mary, inspiring wonder and devotion among millions, have been tracked for centuries.

Pope Francis to Visit Mexico City, Chiapas, Michoacan and Chihuahua Next Year

The Associated Press

Mexico's foreign relations secretary says Pope Francis will visit the Mexican capital and three states early next year. Claudia Ruiz Massieu says that Francis will make stops in Chiapas, Michoacan and Chihuahua as well as Mexico City.

At Gala Dinner, Pena Nieto Thanks American Jews for Pro-Immigration Stand

Jewish Journal

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto praised the Jewish community of the United States for supporting the rights of Hispanic immigrants.

Pope Francis Visit to Mexico May Bring Hope to the Nearly Hopeless

Hope Border Institute

We finally know that Pope Francis is coming to Mexico in February. And if the pope gets his stated wish, he'll not only make the traditional pilgrimage to the Shrine of Guadalupe, but he'll also visit Ciudad Juarez on the Mexico-US border.

Pope Pardons Scandal-Tainted Legion of Christ

Agence France-Presse

Pope Francis has granted a "plenary indulgence", or religious pardon, to the ultra-conservative Legion of Christ movement, mired in a pedophile scandal, provided its members perform acts of penance.

Pope's Mexico Visit Excites Catholics Along the Border

Fronteras Desk

News of Pope Francis' visit to Mexico early next year is creating excitement for Catholics living along the U.S.-Mexico border.

First Catholic Mass Held in Native Nahuatl Language


The first Mass conducted in Mexico's most prominent indigenous language has been held in the country's most important church, the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City.

Vatican Says Pope Francis to Visit Mexico in 2016


Pope Francis will follow up his much-discussed trip to the US by visiting Mexico in the early months of 2016. Details at this point are limited, but the outlet says that he is expected to see the Our Lady of Guadalupe shrine in Mexico City.

Yaqui Father Serra: Saint to Some, Unworthy to Others

The Associated Press

An 18th-century missionary who brought Catholicism to the U.S. West Coast was elevated to sainthood this week by Pope Francis in the first canonization on U.S. soil.

Pope Francis' Homily Calls for 'Revolution of Tenderness' in Cuba

The Los Angeles Times

The pontiff's message in the Sanctuary of the Virgin of Charity of El Cobre was the latest in a series of carefully worded critiques of the Cuban system during his four-day trip

Pope Francis Simplifies Rules for Roman Catholics to Get Marriage Annulments

USA Today

Pope Francis has made it easier for Roman Catholics to get marriage annulments, streamlining procedures and calling on bishops to provide more help to divorced couples.

Pope Francis Delivers Message to a Virtual Audience


In a virtual audience with Americans Pope Francis heard emotive testimonies, told youth to be courageous in the face of life’s hardships, and stressed the need for greater solidarity in world racked with many problems.

Pope Francis Eases Path to Absolution for Abortion

The New York Times

Pope Francis has announced that all Roman Catholic priests would be empowered to offer absolution for the “sin of abortion” during the church’s Holy Year of Mercy, which begins in December.

Tienda Diabetes Launches Mexico's First Online Drugstore, Farmacia Online

Riviera Maya News

Tienda Diabetes is a Mexican healthcare provider that has created an online pharmacy to provide cancer and diabetes patients with affordable, same-day delivery of treatments, medications and personalized care.

Thousands of Faithful Flock to Light of the World Mass at Temple in Guadalajara

Ruptly TV

An estimated 540,000 believers belonging to the Light of the Wolrd Church gathered at their main temple in Guadalajara for the annual gathering, Friday.

Many Seek Help from Mexico's Saint of Lost Causes

The Associated Press

For the faithful, he is the saint of the hopeless, patron of lost causes, the deliverer of the impossible. Each month at a chapel near the heart of Mexico City, San Judas Tadeo's status as a performer of miracles draws believers from among the most desperate corners of society.

Converted Muslim Indians in Catholic Mexico

VPRO Metropolis

A group of Mexican Totziel Indians converted to Islam, while living in one of the worlds most Catholic lands. Amongst all the churches, they built a mosque.

Pastors for Peace Travel Through Mexico for Annual Mission to Cuba

A nonprofit group will continue their annual trip to Cuba, despite the dangers of going through Mexico. They will deliver supplies like computers and medicine to the people of Cuba.

Pope Francis: 'Bold Cultural Revolution' Needed to Save Planet from Climate Change & Consumerism

Democracy Now!

In his long-awaited encyclical on the environment and climate change, Pope Francis has called for swift action to save the planet from environmental ruin, urging world leaders to hear "the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor."

Christian Churches Conduct Secret Nationwide 'Great Exorcism' on Mexico


High ranking members of Christian churches from across Mexico met with a demonologist at the Cathedral of San Luis Potosi in May to secretly perform an exorcism on the entire country, believing it to be at the mercy of demons.

Christians Allegedly Threatened by Mexican Official for Discussing Religious Persecution

Christian Post

A group of Christians in Hidalgo State, Mexico, were allegedly threatened by a government official with death after attempting to meet to discuss religious persecution, a watchdog group has said.

The Life of Ejo Takata: A Look at Buddhism in Mexico


Buddhism is a minority religion in Mexico, numbering 108,701 followers or 0.09% of the total Mexican population.

Evangelicals Forced from Their Homes in Chiapas

VOM Canada

Many evangelical Christians in the Chiapas State of Mexico have been beaten, jailed, threatened, had their possession taken away and, in many cases, even driven from their homes. What has caused so much hostility and anger against these followers of Jesus?

Catholic Church Warms to Liberation Theology as Founder Heads to Vatican

The Guardian

The church has not formally embraced the progressive movement, but 'firebrand' Gustavo Gutierrez's upcoming visit is another sign of rehabilitation under Pope Francis.

The Miraculous Life of Mexico's 'El Nino Fidencio'

VICE Mexico

Mexico is a predominantly Catholic country. So it makes sense that official saints would be revered, but there are also a number of other, lesser-known saints beloved throughout the country.

'Pope Francis Effect' Leads to Exorcism Boom

The Telegraph

The “Pope Francis effect” has been credited with encouraging a resurgence in faith among rank-and-file Catholics but it has also had a more unexpected consequence – a boom in the demand for exorcisms.

Health Authorities Close 10 Plastic Surgery and Beauty-Treatment Clinics in Tijuana

The Associated Press

Mexican authorities have ordered the closure of 10 cosmetic surgery clinics and offices in the northwest border city of Tijuana for failing to comply with health regulations.

Mexico Devotees Flog Themselves to Celebrate Easter


Devotees flogged themselves and carried huge crosses, as hundreds took part in the traditional Easter Good Friday ceremony in Taxco.

Catholic Faith Goes Underground in Mexico City

Catholic News Service

The Catholic Church in Mexico City opens chapels in stations along a commuter underground train line.

Undocumented Father Finds Sanctuary in Church to Fight Deportation to Mexico


Amy Goodman visits the First Unitarian Society Church to meet Arturo Hernandez Garcia, an undocumented immigrant and father of two. Since October, Garcia has sought sanctuary at the church as he fights his deportation.

As Migration Pattern Changes, Mexico's 'Las Patronas' Adjust Methods of Service

Catholic News Service

Women volunteers in La Patrona are seeing a dramatic decline of migrants from six months ago, when hundreds of Central Americans huddled aboard northbound trains in attempts to reach the U.S. border.

Pope Francis' Pick for Cardinal Sends Strong Message About Mexico Cartel Violence

Fox News Latino

Archbishop Alberto Suarez Inda of Morelia wanted to retire one year ago. He submitted his resignation Jan. 30, 2014, upon turning 75, as per church policy. Pope Francis had other ideas, however, and promoted him to cardinal instead.

Network of Church-Run Migrant Shelters Wins Council's Top Mexican Award

Catholic News Service

A network of church-run migrant shelters across northern Mexico has won the top award from the national anti-discrimination council for its efforts to protect people traveling through the country without the proper papers.

Dozens of Protestants Refused Re-Entry to Village in Chiapas After Being Expelled

Christian Today

Christian Solidarity Worldwide has expressed disappointment over the Mexican government's failure to uphold religious freedom of 47 Protestants who were expelled from Chiapas state and reportedly barred from re-entry because of their religious beliefs.

Pope to Canonize Junipero Serra; Hero or Villain?


The question of whether to canonize or not to canonize Father Junipero Serra has raged now that Pope Francis has decided to nominate Serra for sainthood. The dichotomy among Californians triggered by Serra’s nomination springs from significantly different viewpoints.

After Charlie Hebdo, Pope Francis Says Freedom of Speech Has Its Limits

Pope Francis waded into the debate over freedom of expression following the attacks in Paris, saying that killing in the name of religion is an “aberration,” but adding that those who deride other faiths can expect to provoke a strong - even violent - response.

Most Dangerous Country to Be a Priest is Now Mexico


Mexico overtook Colombia in 2014 as the most dangerous country in the world to be a priest, a study by a Catholic agency reveals.

Pope in New Year Call for Peace Through Prayer, Teases 'Noisy' Mexicans

Agence France-Presse

Pope Francis ushered in 2015 in typically unpredictable style on Thursday, January 1, launching an appeal for an end to war before light-heartedly teasing the many Mexicans in the crowd at St Peter's Square.

openDemocracy: What Does the 'Right to Life' Really Mean for Catholics in Mexico?


It’s time for leaders in the Mexican Catholic Church to speak up where they are most needed. Instead of vaguely worded statements, what the Mexican people really need are priests to fight for the right to life of common nameless citizens.

Dogs in Heaven? Pope Leaves Pearly Gate Open

The New York Times

Pope Francis has given hope to gays, unmarried couples and advocates of the Big Bang theory. Now, he has endeared himself to dog lovers, animal rights activists and vegans.

Clowns Make Holy Pilgrimage in Mexico City

The Guardian

The streets of Mexico City burst with sound and color as hundreds of clowns make their annual pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our Lady Guadalupe in Mexico City on Wednesday to pay homage to the Virgin of Guadalupe.

Crowds Flock to See 'Virgin Mary' Image in a Tree

Fox News

Tourists flock to a 'holy' image of the Virgin Mary appearing in a tree branch in a small town in Mexico (but you'll need a strong faith to see it).

Faithful Say: 'Viva el Dia de la Virgen de Guadalupe'

Latin Post

Mexico's patron saint, Virgin of Guadalupe, is honored on December 12 each year. The celebration draws thousands of people to Mexico City to visit the area where the Virgin of Guadalupe appeared to the Mexican people.

Federico Loos Is a Priest for Mexican Gangbangers

VICE Mexico

VICE Mexico headed over to Huixquilucan, Mexico, to meet the man known as the "Priest of Gangs" - though Father Loos says he's more accurately the gangs' great-grandfather.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Ignites the Faithful in Mexico


Through the unshakable faith of one, humble man, this single image became integral to forging the Catholic identity of Mexico and the Americas.

Mariachis Celebrate Patron Saint in Mexico City


Hundreds of Mariachi musicians honored Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of music, with performances during a religious procession through the streets of Mexico City.

Mexico to Host Upcoming Conference on Religious Freedom Violations

Worthy News

Victims of religious freedom violations are expected to testify at an upcoming national conference in Mexico. The conference is organized by a Christian organization working for religious freedom through advocacy and human rights in the pursuit of justice.

The Ambulance of the Future Could Be a Drone


Sure, they can oversee crops and maybe even walk a dog, but thanks to their military use, nowadays drones are known more for taking lives than for saving them. That could all change, thanks to 23-year-old Alec Momont.

Why Catholic Exorcists Are Seeing More Requests


Catholic exorcists and experts have said that there has been a revival in requests for the practice in recent years, gaining a nod even from Pope Francis earlier this week when he thanked priests who perform the ritual.

Mexican Grads of Latin American School of Medicine Thank Cuba Medical Training

Prensa Latina

Young Mexicans newly graduated from the Latin American School of Medicine thanked the Cuban government the training received in that institution and promised to work for those needy in their country.

Catholic Church Responds in Case of Missing Students in Mexico

Catholic News Service

The Archdiocese of Mexico City called for a “reconstruction of the country” in response to the disappearance of 43 trainee teachers in an act that authorities allege was authored by a mayor and his wife and carried out by police working alongside an organized crime network.

30,000 Pray Rosary for Mexican Drug Traffickers, Killers and Organized Crime


More than 30,000 faithful gathered in Leon stadium on Sunday to pray the Rosary for drug traffickers and organized crime.

Bishops Scrap Welcome to Gays in Sign of Split

CBS News

A two-week meeting of 200 bishops has revealed a deep split over the direction Pope Francis wants to take the Roman Catholic Church.

Mexican Priests Are 'Most Persecuted in the World'

Christian Today

The Vatican says Mexico is the country with the highest number of attacks on Catholic religious leaders in the world.

Collective Wedding in Mexico City Sets a Record with 800 Couples Tying the Knot

Mexico News Daily

Eight-hundred couples were married Saturday in the borough of Iztapalapa in the Federal District - all at the same time, breaking the record for the largest collective wedding in Mexico.

Fighting Addiction with San Judas, Mexico's Patron Saint of Lost Causes

AJ+ Labs

Saint Judas Tadeo, the patron saint of lost causes, has a ton of young adult fans in Mexico City. In a place where violence, drugs, and despair can be a way of life for some, San Judas comes to the rescue.

Mexico's Arriaga Brings Religious-Themed 'Words with Gods' to Venice

Fox News Latino

A wave of spirituality washed over the Venice Film Festival this weekend with the out-of-competition screening of "Words with Gods," a series of religious-themed short films directed by Mexico's Guillermo Arriaga and eight other filmmakers.

Church Shields Mother from US Deportation to Mexico


For the past three weeks Rosa Robles Loreto has not left the grounds of a church in Tucson, Arizona. The congregation took her under their protection after Immigration and Customs Enforcement ordered her deported.

Only 40% of Candidates for Mexico Teaching Positions Are Qualified

The Mazatlan Messenger

The SEP reported that six out of ten candidates for the current teaching jobs in elementary and middle schools in México were considered “not suitable” according to the Basic Education Entrance Examination.

An Overview of Mexicans and Their Faiths


In some areas, there are no significant differences. Catholics and non-Catholics alike believe that in Mexico, family is more important than the country, and concern themselves with their own good rather than that of the country.

Millions Put Their Faith in Mexico's Saint Death

Al Jazeera

Catholicism is by far the dominant religion in Mexico, but the cult of Santa Muerte, or Saint Death, is quickly gaining followers.

Clowns Make Annual Pilgrimage to Honor Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City


The streets of Mexico City burst with sound and color, and hundreds of clowns, as they made their annual pilgrimage.

40 Mexican Bishops Are Taking an 'Intensive' University Exorcism Course


Some 40 Catholic bishops from various dioceses in Mexico are attending an "intensive" exorcism seminar this week at the Pontifical University of Mexico, according to university rector Mario Flores Angel Ramos.

Catholic Church in Mexico Helps Collect Weapons for Disarmament Program

CNA Daily News

For the third year in a row, the Archdiocese of Mexico City is hosting a voluntary disarmament program as part of a campaign to reduce violence in the Mexican capital.

Faith-Based Movement Is Coming Together to Aid Unaccompanied Children on the Border


An unlikely coalition of faith groups are coming to the aid of unaccompanied children currently stranded along the U.S. border, while setting aside some political and theological differences to call for increased assistance for minors ensnared in the growing immigration crisis.

Pope Francis: 1 in 50 Catholic Clergy Are Pedophiles

Newsloop Top News

One in 50 clerics are pedophiles, Pope Francis said in an interview published Sunday, in which he also hinted that the mandate of priestly celibacy may one day be lifted.

Pope Apologizes to Clerical Sex Abuse Victims

The Independent

Despite his popularity, there has been criticism of Francis for failing to take a high-profile stand against the global pedophilia scandal.

Exhibit Shows the Vatican's Role in Ending Bloody Persecution of Catholics in Mexico


One of the greatest social upheavals of the 20th Century, nearly one in ten people died during the Mexican Revolution. The result was a new, anticlerical constitution and government.

Mexican Priest Shocks His Congregation with His Love for Fast Women and Faster Cars

Daily Mail

Father Jorge Manuel Guevara Corona, priest of the parish of the north-eastern town of Guadalupe, likes women, good cars, wrestling and strawberries, according to his Facebook profile.

Pope's Mexico Visit Meaningful for All Latin America, Diplomat Says


Mexico's ambassador to the Holy See says he is awaiting the announcement of the dates of a visit to the country by Pope Francis, after the Holy Father accepted an invitation from Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto.

Is Religion Good or Bad? (This Is a Trick Question)

TED Talks

Plenty of good things are done in the name of religion, and plenty of bad things too. But what is religion, exactly - is it good or bad, in and of itself?

Pope Francis Accepts Invitation to Visit Mexico

CNA Daily News

President Enrique Pena Nieto on Saturday announced that Pope Francis has accepted an invitation to visit Mexico. The president made the announcement after his private meeting with the pontiff in the Apostolic Palace.

'Controversial' Mexican Bishop Baptizes Lesbian Couple's Child

Mons. Raul Vera Lopez, bishop of Saltillo in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila, baptized a 16-month-old who is being raised by her natural mother and her lesbian partner last week.

Study: A Majority of Latinos Believes in Spirits, Demons

Fox News Latino

While many Latinos are leaving the Catholic Church in favor of Evangelical religions or none at all, that doesn’t mean they’re losing their spirituality.

Fight Violence and Poverty, Protect Family and Life: Pope's Challenge to Mexican Bishops

Catholic World News

Pope Francis encouraged the bishops of Mexico to reach out to “the victims of drug trafficking and the most vulnerable social groups” in a May 19 address.

Pope Francis Effect? Observers See Shift in Stance of Mexico's Bishops

Catholic News Service

Mexican prelates normally prize cordial and close relations with politicians and refrain from criticizing public policy, but Church observers say the status quo is shifting.

Are Married Priests Next on Pope's Reform Agenda?

National Catholic Reporter

A recent conversation between the pope and a bishop from Brazil about the priest shortage may be moving the issue of married clergy onto the pontiff's agenda.

John Paul II Sainthood a Delicate Issue for Mexicans

Agence France-Presse

Many Mexicans have mixed emotions about seeing the late pope John Paul II become a saint: they loved the man but feel he covered up sexual abuses by priests.

Faith Groups Call for Nuclear Weapons Abolition, Stressing Devastating Humanitarian Impact

Soka Gakkai International

Over 100 participants from diverse faiths including Buddhist, Christian, Jewish and Muslim traditions came together with peace activists and experts to identify common concerns and refresh their determination to rid the world of these inhuman weapons.

Faith Movies Once Didn't Have a Prayer in Hollywood

USA Today

Hollywood celebrated Easter the same way it celebrated several weekends this year: With a dose of faith.

Pope Asks Pardon for Sex Abuse by Priests

Associated Press

Pope Francis asked for forgiveness Friday from people who were sexually abused by priests, and vowed that there will be no going back in the church’s fight to protect children.

Catholic Leaders Celebrate Mass in Shadow of Border Fence, Call for US Immigration Reform

Associated Press

Roman Catholic leaders made a rare visit to the border and celebrated Mass in the shadow of the fence separating the U.S. and Mexico, offering Holy Communion through the steel barrier to people on the Mexican side as they sought to bring attention to the plight of immigrants.

Narconon Helping Indigenous in Mexico Escape from the Nightmare of Drug Abuse


Indigenous Indians from the jungles of Oaxaca and the mountains of Veracruz, Mexico recently attended Narconon First Step workshops to learn how to use simple, but effective rehab tools such as vitamins and minerals, communication and orientation exercises.

VICE: Meet the Indigenous Muslims of Mexico

VICE Mexico

VICE Mexico traveled to the southern state of Chiapas, Mexico, to meet Cheb Cheb Ibrahim, one of the first Mexican Indians to convert to Islam and a member of the only indigenous Muslim community in Mexico.

The Pope Who Won Over the World in Five Minutes

Agence France-Presse

Never has a leader of the Roman Catholic Church become as popular in as short a time as Pope Francis did when he humbly asked the crowd gathered in St Peter's Square on March 13 last year to pray for him.

US Bishops to Offer Mass for Those Who Died Crossing Mexico's Border


The USCCB Committee on Migration, joined by bishops on the border, will travel to Nogales, Arizona, March 30-April 1 to tour the U.S.-Mexico border and celebrate Mass on behalf of the close to 6,000 migrants who have died in the U.S. desert since 1998.

Hollywood Finds the Faith with This Year's Big Budget Bible-Based Movies

Digital Journal

A religious revival is underway in the unlikeliest of places: Hollywood. While the studios may not be placing their faith in Jesus, there are signs that 2014 will be a year for faith-based blockbusters of biblical proportion.

Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman's 85-Year-Old Mother Tells Her Son to 'Find God'


Univision tracked down Mexico cartel leader El Chapo Guzman's mother, deep in the Sinaloa mountains. Her main motivation for speaking was to send a message to her son.

25 Families Have Utilities Disconnected After Refusing to Join in Religious Ceremonies

Christian Solidarity Worldwide

Twenty-five Protestant families have had their water and electricity supplies disconnected and have effectively been put under house arrest in Mexico because of their refusal to participate in Traditionalist Catholic religious ceremonies.

Santa Muerte: Mexico's Female Skeletal 'Saint Death' Is Invading Europe


A female skeletal saint known in Mexico as Santa Muerte (Spanish for Saint Death) or Bony Lady is already beloved by millions in South America, and now she is gaining devotees in Europe too.

Some Mexican Catholics Now Find God in Islam


A small yet growing group of converts are seeking spiritual salvation in Islam. In fact, Pew estimates Mexico will be home to 126,000 Muslims by 2030, up from 111,000 in 2010.

Mexico City Cathedral Receives John Paul II Relic


The Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Mexico City will opened its Holy Door on Feb. 9 to receive a first-class relic of Blessed John Paul II, as well as a painting and a skullcap used by the late pontiff.

Candlemas 2014: Mexican Catholics Observe Dia de la Candelaria

The Huffington Post

Candlemas, also known as Presentation of the Lord, or Presentation of Christ in the Temple, is celebrated in Mexico as Dia De La Candelaria. In Mexico, the holiday fuses native traditions with the Catholic celebration.

A Different Kind of Catholicism is Growing in Latino Communities

NPR Code Switch

Charismatic Catholicism in the U.S. dates back about 50 years. Latinos are a driving force in the movement today.

Priests Take the Lead in Fierce Revolt Against Drug Gang in Mexico's Michoacan

The News Tribune

In the embattled Mexican state of Michoacan, Catholic priests are openly backing armed vigilante groups that are waging war against the Knights Templar gang.

The Catholic Church Calls for Greater Peace Efforts in Michoacan Conflict

BBC News

The Catholic Church in Mexico is urging President Enrique Pena Nieto to make greater efforts to bring peace to the western state of Michoacan.

Facing 'Unprecedented Rise in Demonic Possession', Church Training More Exorcists

Christian Today

A rapidly increasing number of Catholic priests are being trained in the rite of exorcism. Dioceses in Italy, Spain, and Mexico are reporting a growing number of cases of someone being possessed by the devil or some other demonic influence.

Dia de Reyes, a Celebration Bigger Than Christmas for Many Latin Americans


Three Kings Day or Dia de Reyes is January 6. This day is formally the Feast of the Epiphany on the church calendar, the 12th day after Christmas, when the Gospel of Matthew says the Magi arrived bearing gifts for the divine child, Jesus.

View the Churches of Mexico's San Miguel de Allende


Catholicism has been the dominant religion in Mexico ever since the Spanish began to inhabit and convert the indigenous people. So it can be expected that a lot of time, money, and consideration would go into their places of worship, and in the town of San Miguel this was no exception.

Indigenous Languages in Mexico Approved by the Catholic Church

BBC News

Catholic churches in southern Mexico can use local Mayan languages for church services, Pope Francis has said.

Catholic Bishops of Mexico to Celebrate Christmas Mass in Prisons


Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City will inaugurate a series of Masses this week that will be celebrated during the Christmas season in various prisons in the Mexican capital.

Mexican Bishops Meet Pope Francis to Discuss Ministry to Indigenous

Bishop Felipe Arizmendi of San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico, and Auxiliary Bishop Enrique Diaz Diaz were received by the Holy Father in the Vatican.

Hundreds of Clowns Parade to Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City

This is Jersey

Hundreds of clowns marched to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City on Tuesday as part of an annual pilgrimage to thank the country's patron saint and to ask for her blessings and continuing protection over the coming year.

Pope Francis Plans to Tour Mexico in 2015

Latin Times

Pope Francis will not be visiting Mexico next year, however, it seems that the Pontiff may be touring the country in 2015.

Catholic Church Has Little Influence Among Mexicans

La Jornada

Although 90 percent of the Mexican population accepts a belief in God, neither the Catholic Church, nor the clergy, nor the Virgin Mary, nor faith have been decisive factors in their lives as Catholics, according to the first results of the National Survey on Culture and Practical Religious Belief in Mexico.

Mexican Catholic Church Leaders Fend Off Assassination Threats

Agence France-Presse

Leaders of Mexico's Roman Catholic church fended off death threats last month phoned in by purported members of a drug cartel demanding extortion payments, a church spokesman has confirmed.

Catholic Church Says Exorcisms on Rise in Mexico

BBC Mundo

Does God exist? Does the Devil exist? The Catholic church believes they both do - and some priests say they are currently having an immense battle in Mexico.

Inside Look at Mexico's Mysterious Faith Healers

Daily Mail

Texas photographer Scott Dalton traveled to Espinoza, Mexico, to document the celebration of revered faith healer El Nino Fidencio that blends Catholicism with indigenous traditions.

Pope to Mexico's Guadalupe Pilgrims: Use Gospel's 'Perfume' to Evangelize


Pope Francis’ message to the pilgrims gathered in Mexico City yesterday encouraged the faithful to spread the Gospel with a peaceful manner, as did Christ.

Survey Reveals Latino's Shifting Religious Affiliations


A recent survey by the Public Religion Research Institute showed the shifting religious identifies of Latinos and Hispanics.

Pope Francis Asks Bishops: How Can the Church Help Same-Sex Couples?

Agence France-Presse

The Vatican has launched an unprecedented worldwide consultation on the new realities of family life including gay marriage as part of Pope Francis’ efforts to reform the Catholic Church.

Catholic Church Leaders Blames Drug Gangs for Michoacan Violence

Al Jazeera

Federal government urged to try to stop bloodshed after deadly clashes in Michoacan left half a million without power.

Drug Cartels Target Mexican Bishop for Denouncing Violence, Corruption

As the war on drugs ravages across certain parts of Mexico, the pastoral mission of bishops in the hardest hit areas has increasingly become more difficult. Case and point, the diocese of Apatzingan, in the southern Mexican state of Michoacan.

Vatican Survey Probes Catholic Views on Divorce, Same-Sex Marriage and Contraception

Catholic Herald

Catholic groups are urging the faithful to respond to a survey on hot-button family issues like same-sex marriage, divorce and contraception before the Vatican comes together to discuss them next year.

Father Alejandro Solalinde Threatened for Helping Migrants in Mexico

Mint Press News

Father Alejandro Solalinde Guerra is a Mexican Catholic priest. He was deeply touched by the conditions that thousands of Central American migrants face when they ride the train northward to the United States through Mexico.

Spiritual Leader, Dalai Lama, Decries Violence During Visit to Mexico

Samay Live

The Tibetan spiritual leader, Dalai Lama, described as "very sad" the violence in Mexico and call on acting against it, during the first day of his visit in the country where he won't be received by officials of the government.

Priests Solidarity Network Asks Catholic Church to Move from Words to Actions

La Jornada

Luis Eduardo Villarreal Rios, of the Priests Solidarity Network, said that in the face of the recent natural disasters, "the Church was not effective in its preaching of charity, and its moving from speeches to action has been slow."

Pope Francis' Message Heralds Change of Tone on Gays, Abortion


A landmark interview by Pope Francis will force conservative members of the Catholic Church to re-calibrate how they deal with gays, abortion and contraception but is not expected to be the precursor to seismic changes in doctrine.

Mexican Muslims in the Shadow of Zapatistas


There are now approximately 400 Muslims in Chiapas, a state in the south of Mexico bordering Guatemala, among an estimated 3,700 in all of Mexico.

Mexican Archdiocese Opens Parishes as Relief Centers for Flood Victims

Catholic News Service

The Archdiocese of Acapulco has suspended church services and instructed priests to turn their parishes into support centers after torrential rains left the city cut off from other parts of Mexico.

Cross-Border Sunday: US-Mexico Border Groups Want Efficient Crossings

Associated Press

Under the watch of a Border Patrol agent, U.S. and Mexican pastors set up two small altars — one on each side of a towering border fence — for their Sunday service that spans two countries.

HRC to Premier Film on Latino Families of Faith and LGBT Stories in October

LGBT Weekly

This short documentary is a story of reconciliation and will be meaningful for anyone who has longed to find a way to bring together who they are, whom they love and what they believe.

Secret Jews: Growing Number of Latin Americans Turning to Judaism

Fox News Latino

Known as Conversos, Crypto Jews, Anusim, Marranos, or secret Jews, they became Catholic in public but continued their forbidden Jewish practices in private.

Mexican Church Builds Life Size Noah's Ark

The Christian Post

An evangelical church in Mexico built their own rendition of Noah's Ark using the exact dimensions recorded in the Bible as a way to get the attention of nonbelievers in their city.

Missionary Experience at Mexico Training Center

Mormon Newsroom

Mormon missionaries recently trained at the new Mexico Missionary Training Center will put their newly acquired Spanish skills to use as they head to assigned missions in the United States and around the world.

Mexico Archdiocese Investigating Possible Miracle


Msgr. Ramiro Valdes Sanchez, vicar general of Guadalajara, Mexico, has announced that the archdiocese is investigating a possible Eucharistic miracle that reportedly took place last week.

Mexicans Turn to Blessed Virgin to Stamp Out Vices

The Wall Street Journal

The residents of Ciudad Nicolas Romero, a sprawling suburb of Mexico City, drink their fair share of booze - and city officials are no exception. So the mayor has ordered his municipal government to pledge to the Blessed Virgin that they wouldn't drink for the three remaining years of his mayoral term.

Pope Francis Softens Church's Tone on Gays


Pope Francis said that he does not judge gays and that they should be integrated into society, but made it clear that the priesthood remains closed to women.

Second Pastors for Peace Group Leaves Mexico and Heads for Cuba

Prensa Latina

The second group of the US-Cuba Friendship Caravan Pastors for Peace will leave today for the island with a message of love and solidarity, defying Washington's laws.

Pastors for Peace Caravan Arrives in Mexico, Heading for Cuba

Prensa Latina

The 24th U.S.-Cuba Friendship Caravan Pastors for Peace arrived in Mexico to set off to the Caribbean island tomorrow.

Outspoken Bishop Raul Vera Tackles Mexico's Organized Crime and Corruption

USA Today

Raul Vera is a prelate less concerned with offending politicians than promoting the protection of human rights.

John Paul II Cleared for Sainthood by Pope Francis

Associated Press

Pope Francis on Friday cleared Pope John Paul II for sainthood, approving a miracle attributed to his intercession and setting up a remarkable dual canonization along with another beloved pope, John XXIII.

Pastors for Peace On the Road Again to Challenge US Blockade of Cuba


Nearly 100 activists from across the United States, Canada and Mexico will travel to Cuba onboard the 24th Pastors for Peace Friendshipment Caravan, which will first tour 35 cities in the US, Canada and Mexico.

John Paul II Sainthood Clears Vatican Commission

Associated Press

Pope John Paul II has cleared the final obstacle before being made a saint, awaiting just the final approval from Pope Francis and a date for the ceremony that could come as soon as Dec. 8.

Bringing Hope to Migrants in Mexico: An Interview with Father Alejandro Solalinde

BBC World Service

Catholic priest Father Alehandro Solalinde has taken on the criminal gangs and corrupt authorities to help the tens of thousands of migrants who cross Mexico every year bound for the US.

Inner Peace, Incense and Eco Warriors: Buddhism Without Borders in Mexico


Buddhism is new to Catholic-dominated Mexico, but there are reports that the bloody drug war has prompted some to join the ranks to share Buddha’s philosophy of peace and enlightenment.

Migrant Advocate Flees Catholic-Run Shelter After Death Threats

Catholic News Service

An advocate for undocumented migrants has left a Catholic-run shelter in southern Mexico after receiving death threats, a statement from a coalition of nine Catholic and human rights organizations said.

Mexico Cardinal Carrera: Spread Peace, Not Violence

Catholic News Agency

Cardinal Norberto R. Carrera said the family should become the nucleus of a society that spreads concord and not hostility, while speaking at a voluntary disarmament campaign in Mexico City.

Migrants on Mexico's Northern Border Face 'Nightmares,' Priest Says


Harsh conditions and persecution confront migrants in Mexico, many of whom have been deported from the U.S., according to a Salesian priest who serves the population in the border-town of Tijuana.

Mexico's Sarah Palin? Monterrey Mayor Turns Over City to God, Stirs Debate

The Los Angeles Times

Mayor Margarita Arellanes, speaking at a weekend rally, tells the crowd that she is entrusting her northern Mexico city of Monterrey to God.

Franciscan Priest Risking Everything to Help Central American Migrants

Agence France-Presse

The traffic of Central American migrants north through Mexico in search of the American Dream has become a lucrative trade for drug traffickers - but one priest in southern Mexico has decided to put his life on the line in an attempt to protect the migrants.

Discovery Series Investigates: Do Miracles Truly Exist?

A journalist and a Jesuit priest travel around Latin America in search of the truth in the new series in Discovery en Espanol’s “Misterios de la fe.”

Central Illinois Churches Build Homes for Mexico


The sounds of saws and hammers filled a Central Illinois warehouse this weekend as nearly 150 volunteers came together to build houses on a mission for Mexico.

Pope Francis Says Atheists Who Do Good Are Redeemed, Not Just Catholics

The Huffington Post

Pope Francis rocked some religious and atheist minds this week when he declared that everyone was redeemed through Jesus, including atheists.

Catholic Saints Are Marching Into Latin America


Many Roman Catholics believe their church's future may well hinge on the ability of Pope Francis, an Argentine barely two months into his reign, to revive the faith in Latin America.

Pope Gives Catholic Church Hundreds of New Saints

Associated Press

Pope Francis canonizes the first Colombian saint and the second female saint for Mexico, as well as some 800 Italians killed by Ottoman Turks in the 15th century when they refused to convert to Islam.

Organized Crime Harms Culture, Italian Cardinal Says on Visit to Mexico


Organized crime "is anti-culture" and sects associated with criminal activities, such as Mexico's Holy Death sect, are "blasphemous," Italian Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi said during a visit to Mexico.

'Courtyard of the Gentiles' Event Comes to Mexico

The Christian Science Monitor

The Vatican's first Courtyard of the Gentiles event outside Europe takes place in Mexico this week. The number of Mexicans who say they are 'non-religious' jumped by 56 percent between 2000 and 2010.

'Nuns On The Bus' Ready to Hit the Road Again

Religion News Service

The “Nuns on the Bus” are revving up their engines for another national campaign, only this time the Catholic sisters are taking their mobile platform for social justice along the US Southern border to push Congress to pass immigration reform.

Jalisco's Madre Lupita to Be Canonized May 12th

Catholic Register

Madre Lupita - as Blessed Maria Guadalupe is better known in Guadalajara - left a legacy of providing care for the poor and the elderly through the Handmaids of St. Margaret Mary and the Poor. She will become the second Mexican woman to be canonized and the latest from the state of Jalisco.

Mexican Bishops Urge Supreme Court to Defend Life as Ruling Nears


The bishops of Mexico have called on the Supreme Court to resist pressure from abortion supporters seeking to overturn 18 state laws protecting the right to life from the moment of conception.

Catholic Church in Mexico Says Cancun Playboy Casino Has Got to Go

Hispanically Speaking News

The Mexican Catholic Church is offended, pissed and ready for a good fight against American lite-porn house Playboy. The Church, which views gambling as a place that “attracts criminal elements”, does not want one placed in front of its front door.

In Southern Mexico, Religious Liberty Continues to Grow Despite History of Intolerance


A large-scale festival of religious liberty in the Southern Mexican state of Chiapas underscores how freedom of conscience continues to improve in this region with a history of persecution against some religions.

Mechanic Gears Up in Mexico City to Play Messiah

Al Jazeera

The role of Jesus Christ is most prized in world's largest Passion play performed each Easter in Mexico City. This Easter, Al Jazeera spoke to Jesus Flores Dominguez, a 25-year-old mechanic, who stars as the Christian messiah.

Pope Francis on Gay Marriage, Unmarried Mothers ... and Journalists

The Guardian

The Argentinian pope has made strident comments about the church's problems – and has come in for some fierce criticism.

'Habemus Papum' - Argentinian Jorge Bergoglio is Now Pope Francis I

Associated Press

Argentine Jorge Bergoglio has been elected pope, the first ever from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium. He chose the name Pope Francis.

Catholic Church of Mexico Makes Advances Towards Aztec Mass

Spero News

The Catholic bishops of Mexico have announced that they have produced a draft version of the Apostles Creed into Nahuatl, the most widely spoken Native American language in Mexico.

Catholic Church in Mexico Works to Remain Relevant as Pope's Exit Adds to Uncertainty

The Rev. Omar Sotelo Aguilar is leading a campaign to promote forgiveness, centered on "Hermano Narco," a controversial series of short films. "We need to learn to forgive," he says. "Otherwise, the killings will continue well into future generations."

Evangelical Environmentalists: A Growing Movement

The Ecologist

Ben Whitford reports on an unlikely yet growing movement in the U.S. which embraces the Christian God but also preaches protection of, rather than dominion over, the natural world.

As a New Pope is Chosen, Latin America Hopes for More Sway

The Los Angeles Times

Although a Latin American pope appears unlikely, the 19 cardinals from the region who have a vote at next month's conclave are hoping to have more influence this time.

Catholic Church Gives Green Light to Opening Up to Yoga and Meditation


With a surprising twist of flexibility, a key Italian bishop and doctrinal expert has given his green light to integrating yoga and meditation into Roman Catholic spiritual practices.

Mexican Super Priest Fights Sin with Batman and Holy Water Gun


Each Sunday, Father Humberto Alvarez dons a special chasuble, or outer robe, decorated with images of superheroes, grabs a plastic gun full of holy water and celebrates a special mass for the children of Ojo de Agua parish in Saltillo, Mexico.

Q&A with Theologian Frei Betto: 'Only the Pope's Name Will Change'

Inter Press Service

The only difference the resignation of Benedict XVI as head of the Catholic Church will make in Brazil will be the name changes needed on posters advertising his coming to this city in July for World Youth Day, jokes Frei Betto.

Mexican Catholics Feel Guilty for Pope's Resignation, Considering Future of the Church


Near a giant statue of Pope John Paul II at the Basilica de Guadalupe in Mexico City, visitors greeted the news about Pope Benedict XVI's resignation with a mix of surprise, sadness - and guilt.

Home to 42 Percent of World's Catholics, 'Our Turn for Next Pope' Say Latin Americans


Latin America senses an opportunity to break Europe's grip on the papacy as Pope Benedict's decision on Monday to step down stirs hopes the world's biggest Roman Catholic bloc may finally get to lead the Church.

Pope Benedict XVI Announces Resignation, No Obvious Front-Runner in Papal Contenders

Associated Press

Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday that he would resign Feb. 28 - the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years. The decision sets the stage for a conclave to elect a new pope before the end of March.

For the Last 8 Years, Mexico has Been a Dangerous Country for Priests

Agence France-Presse

Being a priest involves abstaining and generosity, dedication to prayer and the world of God, orienting his followers to the right path... regardless, in Mexico it also means a high risk job, as it is the country in America with the second-most priests assassinated.

Mexican Priest Says Shelters Help Shift Migrants, Evangelicals' Perceptions

Catholic News Service

Migrants seeking shelter in Saltillo, about 190 miles south of the Texas border at Laredo, arrive after a perilous path through Mexico, where often criminal gangs - sometimes assisted by complicit and corrupt police and public officials - exploit, extort and kidnap them.

Mexico has Changed, But Maybe Not for Better, Says Saltillo Bishop

Catholic News Service

Although church-state relations have thawed in the past 25 years, Saltillo Bishop Raul Vera Lopez said he remains dissatisfied with government restrictions on religion.

Taking on Powerful, Controversial Causes, Mexican Bishop Becomes High-Profile Social Activist

Associated Press

Bishop Raul Vera arrived in Saltillo in 2000, after serving as the co-bishop in a deeply divided diocese in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, where Zapatista rebels were battling government troops. He came with a reputation as a social crusader.

In Contraception Clash, Catholic Latinas Stray from Doctrine

Fronteras Desk

In recent weeks, Catholic bishops across the country have turned to their congregations to pressure Obama to repeal his contraception rule. And since Latinos now make up about one-third of all Catholics in the U.S., they should be key players in that campaign.

On US-Mexico Border, Catholic Nuns Offer Migrants Rare Sanctuary


For displaced and often victimized travelers, the Roman Catholic nuns of the Missionary Sisters of the Eucharist, provide respite to thousands of migrants each year in Nogales, Mexico.

Mexican and Mexican-Americans Celebrating The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Hispanically Speaking News

Today is the feast of the Patroness for millions of Mexican and Mexican-Americans, Our Lady of Guadalupe, who appeared to the humble St. Juan Diego in 1531 on the hill of Tepeyac near Mexico City.

Our Lady of Guadalupe's Devotion Extends Beyond the Americas

Catholic News Service

Our Lady of Guadalupe is intimately associated with Mexico and forms part of the Mexican identity - even for many non-Catholics, who call themselves, "Guadalupanos."

Hispanic Evangelical Association Partners With Food For The Hungry to Alleviate Poverty

Hispanically Speaking News

The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, the nation’s largest Christian Hispanic organization, underscores its Justice directive through its partnership with Food For The Hungry by working through the Church to alleviate poverty.

How An American Nun Became A Lifeline Of Hope For Prisoners In Tijuana

Jody Hammond, the filmmaker of "La Mama: An American Nun's Life In A Mexican Prison," talks about Mother Antonia, who became a nun at age 50 and has called Tijuana's most notorious prison, La Mesa Penitentiary, home since 1978.

As Mexicans Marked Day of the Dead, Some No Longer Believed

Agence France-Presse

A growing number of Mexicans have became Protestant and no longer believe in a tradition that dates back from the Aztec era and was later fused with Catholic beliefs.

Americans Ready to Risk Lives to Save Souls in Monterrey, Mexico

Los Angeles Times

Evangelical Presbyterians, many of them older men, don't let drug war violence scare them away from checking up on the churches they support financially.

Archdiocese in Mexico: 'Involve Family In Resocializing Prisoners'


The Archdiocese of Mexico City's weekly paper, Desde la Fe, used a recent editorial to criticize the country's resocialization programs for prisoners, saying that they should take into account the convict's family.

Over 300 Internet Christians Meet in Person at First-Time-Ever Event in Mexico City


Global Media Outreach and Youth With A Mission International, announced that over 300 online Christians met in person at a first-time event in Mexico City in August.

Lamp Missions Help Disadvantaged in Latin America

Orlando Sentinel

The Latin American Mission Partnership is a locally run charity organization that partners with area businesses, individuals and churches in Latin America to help change lives for children and families.

Mexicali Muslims Finally Find a Home

Imperial Valley Press

It's not easy being a Muslim in Mexico. It's difficult to find tortillas not made with pork lard. Some people assume that the reason women wear a head scarf is because they have cancer. Others ask if they are from a non-existent country called "Muslimania."

Activist Priest in Mexico Claims Church Trying to Smother His Work

Associated Press

A crusading Roman Catholic priest who has defied drug cartels and corrupt police to protect Central American migrants says church authorities are trying to smother his activist work with migrants by assigning him to parish duties.

Church Wants to Reassign Mexico Activist Priest

Associated Press

A crusading Roman Catholic priest who has defied drug cartels and corrupt police to protect Central American migrants says church authorities have asked him to leave his work at migrant shelters.

How Migration is Redrawing Mexico's Religious Map

Inter Press Service

Relatively obscure decades ago, evangelicals, including Pentecostals, Baptists and others, now count roughly 97.5 million followers in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Archbishop Demands End of Cuba Blockade

Prensa Latina

The Archbishop of Mexico City, Norberto Rivera, has demanded an end to the economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba by the United States, noting that now is not the time for a barricaded world.

Evangelicals Announce Mobilizing Strategy for Immigration Reform

New America Media

US Evangelical leaders formally announced the creation of an "Evangelical Immigration Table" to advance a cohesive immigration reform message.

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