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 El Papa dio una misa multitudinaria en Myanmar el pasado 29 de noviembre de 2017. Foto: EPA-EFE/NYEIN CHAN NAING

The Pontiff opted for the conciliatory path during his first official visit to Myanmar and did not denounce the persecution of the Muslim Rohingya community in the country.

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God Pays

 12/02/2016 - 06:43
Saint Mary's Church, Hamilton Village, Philadelphia. Photo: COMMONS Wikimedia

Churches not only bring faith and civic value, but also an economic value, an "economic halo" that averages $1.5 million per congregation in Philadelphia, according to a recent report by Partners for Sacred Places and University of Pennsylvania professor Ram Cnaan.

That report, "How Catholic Places Serve Civic Purposes: The Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Economic 'Halo Effects,' " put the economic weight of the archdiocese and other Catholic entities in Southeastern Pennsylvania at $4.2 billion in fiscal 2015.

Dr. Flirt

 12/02/2016 - 06:18
Bosnian football player Vedad Ibisevic (Hertha BSC) visited a refugee camp in Berlin, Germany, on November 28.  There are several initiatives coming from the civil population to help to integrate the Syrian and Iraq refugees in the German culture. EFE/Kay Nietfeld

Horst Wenzel is a 27 year old German from Dortmund who is helping refugee men from Muslim countries integrate into German society by learning how to hit on German women.

"I'd love to marry a German woman and live with her. She could help me with the language, and she knows the place and the laws much better than I do" , says Omar Mohammed, a shy 24-year-old Syrian refugee that attends ‘flirting classes” from Horst Wenzel.

Blessed, but not Saved

 11/27/2016 - 16:41
According to the police, some estimated 400 protesters attempted to breach the bridge, which was blocked since late October, near the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline, north on highway 1806. EFE/EPA/MORTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT 

The demonstrations by native Americans against the Dakota Access Pipeline will surely be remembered as a landmark in relations between Christianity – especially the Catholic church– and indigenous people. The Christian clergy have been attending the voice of protests of over 200 indigenous groups since the polemic Pipeline project begun. Catholic church is very engaged in this cause, given that Pope Francis called for a rapid switch away from fossil fuels in his environmental encyclical.

"We are all migrants"

 11/24/2016 - 03:56
On Nov 15th, the Mexican priest Alejandro Solalinde, founder of Hermanos en el Camino, gave a conference about Human Rights and Migration in Barcelona.Photo: CASA AMERICA CATALUNYA

Father Alejandro Solalinde is 71 years old and holds a backpack of hard experiences in his back, but his small dark eyes have not lost even a spark of vitality. Born in Texcoco, Mexico, this Mexican Catholic priest has become a champion in the fight for the human rights of migrants in Central America. Solalinde is the founder of Hermanos en el Camino, a network of shelters and parishes that provide food, medical care and accommodation to Latin American immigrants who cross Mexico to reach the United States.

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"Todos somos migrantes"

 11/24/2016 - 03:49
El sacerdote mexicano Alejandro Solalinde, fundador de Hermanos en el Camino, dio una conferencia sobre Derechos Humanos y Migración el pasado 15 de noviembre en Barcelona. Foto: CASA AMERICA CATALUNYA

El padre Alejandro Solalinde tiene 71 años y una mochila de duras experiencias colgada a la espalda, pero sus ojos pequeños y oscuros no han perdido ni una chispa de vitalidad. Nacido en Texcoco, México, este sacerdote católico mexicano es uno de los referentes en la lucha por los derechos humanos de los migrantes en América Latina.

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Waiting for Trumpeace

 11/17/2016 - 15:23
At least 6 people died yesterday during a bombing in Douma, in the outskirts of Damascus (Syria). EFE / MOHAMMED BADRA

Syria used to be the home of 1.5 million Christians before the war. Now there are only 600,000. Most of them flew to Turkey or Lebanon, and they will never come back. Others are among the 200.000 people dead in this cruel civil war. “It’s an open war, but it can be stopped, if there is will”, says Jean Abdou Arbach, Greek-Catholic Archbishop of Homs, in Syria. “Today, all the world powers are in Syria. What does Russia want? What do the Americans want? We must wait and see what is going to be Trump’s political strategy for the Middle East.

“¿Estoy hecho para ésto?”: La realidad de los jóvenes sin hogar en Filadelfia

 11/14/2016 - 18:35
La instalación artística: “¿Estoy hecho para ésto?” Fuente: Comunicado de prensa de Covenant House

“Un adolescente sin hogar no se parece a lo que probablemente te imagines como un adolescente sin hogar”, explica John Ducoff, director ejecutivo de Covenant House Pennsylvania. “Los adolescentes y los niños se preocupan mucho por las apariencias y por cómo son percibidos. Por esta razón, se vuelven una comunidad invisible, y nuestra misión es sacarlos de la sombra”.

"Am I Cut Out?": The Realities of Philadelphia's Youth Homelessness

 11/14/2016 - 18:29
"Am I Cut Out?" Art Installation. Source: Covenant House Media Release 

“A homeless teen isn’t what you probably think a homeless teen looks like,”John Ducoff, the Executive Director of Covenant House Pennsylvania, explains.“Teens and kids care too much about keeping up with appearances and how they’re perceived. For that reason, they remain an invisible community, and our mission is to bring them out of the shadows.”

Raíces Cuáqueras: Benigno Sánchez-Eppler y la Hospitalidad Espiritual a través de las fronteras.

 10/28/2016 - 11:03

La Virgén de Guadalupe, La Virgén del Cobre y La Virgén del Rosario son las imágenes veneradas en las velas vendidas a tres dólares en los mercaditos de los barrios. San Lázaro, San Antonio y San Juan son rezados también, pero sus poderes no pueden competir con los de las entonaciones en Yoruba que los abuelitos suelen decir antes de colocar vasos llenos de agua por toda la casa para absorber malos espíritus.

Raices Cuáqueras: Benigno Sánchez-Eppler and Spiritual Hospitality Across Borders

 10/26/2016 - 16:07

La Virgén de Guadalupe, La Virgén del Cobre, La Virgén del Rosario, are the venerated on three dollar vigil candles sold in the mercaditos of your barrio. San Lázaro, San Antonio, San Juan, are prayed to, but their powers cannot compete with the utterances in Yoruba your abuelito said before he placed cups full of water in the house to absorb devious spirits. Nochebuena, El Día de los Muertos, El Día De Reyes, always symbolized more than the gifts, the colors, or awaiting Santi Clau.

Celebrating Día de los Muertos at the Penn Museum

 10/28/2016 - 15:47

This Saturday, October 29, the Penn Museum will celebrate el Día de los Muertos together with the Mexican Cultural Center and the Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia. A full day of events, including costume and altar-decorating contests, is planned to take place in front of a larger-than-life altar decorated in the Veracruz style and dedicated to Mexican pop star Juan Gabriel.

OP-ED: Sr. Lee Iacocca, por favor visítenos en el Filadelfia Latino

 08/29/2016 - 05:25
OP-ED: Sr. Lee Iacocca, por favor visítenos en el Filadelfia Latino

Me encontré con este libro de nuevo esta semana, inicialmente lo recogí hace varios años en una tienda de Barnes & Noble en Filadelfia.

Es un libro que el ex director general de la Corporación Chrysler, el Sr. Lee Iacocca, escribió, después de su cambio mágico y también polémico de la empresa fabricante de automóviles, quien es una de las "Tres Grandes" en Estados Unidos.

OP-ED: Mr. Lee Iacocca, please come visit us in Latino Philadelphia

 08/23/2016 - 15:44

I came across this book again this week, after I first picked it up several years ago in a Barnes & Noble Store in Philadelphia.

It is a book the former CEO of Chrysler Corporation, Lee Iacocca, wrote, after his magical and also controversial turnaround of the car manufacturer company, one of the "Big Three" in America.

[OP-ED]: Why I failed to become an Engineer..

 08/16/2016 - 17:33

Well, there were already 2 in my family. 

My brother Agustín, Electrical Engineer, and my brother Raúl, who just retired from his noble profession, after a long and meritorious career as a Mechanical Engineer.

At age 16, I wanted to be, if not "somebody", at least somebody else.

Make my life count for something —not like in an act of heroism— but, in a more earthly purpose, to avoid being a blatant redundancy.

Or perhaps, God forbids, a plain-vanilla, mediocre, self-conceited brat.

Reacción a la reciente exhortación apostólica del papa

 04/11/2016 - 13:54
EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI

Amoris Laetitia es una reflexión seria y extensa sobre el matrimonio cristiano. No cambia ninguna enseñanza de la Iglesia o disciplina, pero sí subraya la importancia de la sensibilidad pastoral en relación con las situaciones difíciles que muchos matrimonios hoy en día enfrentan.

Plain Text Author: 
Sabrina Vourvoulias

Reaction to Pope's recently issued apostolic exhortation

 04/11/2016 - 13:48
EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI

Amoris Laetitia is a serious and extensive reflection on Christian marriage. While it changes no Church teaching or discipline, it does stress the importance of pastoral sensitivity in dealing with the difficult situations many married couples today face.

Plain Text Author: 
Sabrina Vourvoulias

De oscuridad a luz

 03/24/2016 - 14:12
Fieles católicos participan en la peregrinación y baño de Cristos el miércoles 23 marzo de 2016, en un ritual que puede tener hasta 400 años de antigüedad y que marca el inicio de la celebración de la Semana Santa, en el municipio de San Martín de Hidalgo en Jalisco (México). EFE/Ulises Ruiz Basurto

Estos extraordinarios días del Triduo, a partir del Jueves Santo que estamos celebrando, son como ningunos otros. Ellos son "santos" en el sentido más profundo de la palabra: son "diferentes" de nuestra realidad cotidiana. Son eventos verdaderos, históricos que también están por encima y fuera de la historia, y que cobran vida de manera nueva en cada Pascua a través de los siglos.

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Sabrina Vourvoulias

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