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Mexico offers visas to caravan members, but plan remains controversial

IMAGE: CNS photo/Alexandre Meneghini, ReutersBy David AgrenCIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico (CNS) -- At this normally bustling border crossing between Mexico and Guatemala, Central American migrants -- part of a caravan that set out Jan. 15 from San Pedro Sula, Honduras -- sat patiently on folding chairs in the shade. Mexican immigration officials distributed bottles of water, while members of the navy served meals of simple stew and slices of white bread.When their names were read from a list, they proceeded to pick up one-year humanitarian visas, which allow them to freely travel through Mexico, work in the country and claim social benefits such as health care and education."I didn't know they'd give us a visa," said Josue Giron, 22, a welder from Honduras, who fled with the caravan after not being able make extortion payments."We didn't believe it," he added, pointing out that police in Honduras and border officials in Guatemala tried to stop the caravan's progress. &qu...

As World Youth Day closes, pope prompts volunteers to keep serving

IMAGE: CNS photo/Chaz MuthBy Rhina GuidosPANAMA CITY (CNS) -- Just before leaving the physical and human warmth of Panama Jan. 27, Pope Francis stopped to thank the thousands of official volunteers, young and old, gathered at the capital city's Rommel Fernandez Stadium to tell them that they had just participated in an event similar to one that took place early in Christianity.  In their case, they didn't just multiply food, he said."You could have easily chosen to do other things, but you wanted to be involved, to give your best to making possible the miracle of the multiplication, not only of loaves, but also hope," he said, telling the volunteers to go out into the world and make that attitude contagious. "We need to multiply that hope."Volunteers at Panama's World Youth Day showed it was possible to renounce one's interests in favor of others, the pope said."You made a commitment," he said. "Thank you."On stage, before the pope spoke, Bar...

Bishops must realize seriousness of abuse crisis, pope says

IMAGE: CNS photo/Paul HaringBy Junno Arocho EstevesABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM PANAMA (CNS) -- The primary goal of the Vatican's February summit on clerical sexual abuse and child protection is to help bishops understand the urgency of the crisis, Pope Francis said.During a news conference with journalists Jan. 27 on his flight to Rome from Panama, the pope said the presidents of the world's bishops' conferences have been called to the Feb. 21-24 meeting at the Vatican to be "made aware of the tragedy" of those abused by members of the clergy."I regularly meet with people who have been abused. I remember one person -- 40 years old -- who was unable to pray," he said. "It is terrible, the suffering is terrible. So first, they (the bishops) need to be made aware of this."The pope's international Council of Cardinals suggested the summit after realizing that some bishops did not know how to address or handle the crisis on their own, he said."We felt...

Panama shows solidarity with pilgrims along route to World Youth Day vigil

IMAGE: CNS photo/Chaz MuthBy Rhina GuidosPANAMA CITY (CNS) -- As thousands of pilgrims streamed through the neighborhood of Las Acacias en route to the World Day Youth vigil, those from Nicaragua and Venezuela received special cheers and applause as they carried the flags of their respective countries."Venezuela without Maduro!" someone yelled in the crowd as the pilgrims carried the flag of the South American nation."Thank you, Panama!" they yelled back.Venezuela is facing political upheaval, including some attempts at deposing President Nicolas Maduro, and a spiraling political and economic crisis.Likewise, Nicaraguans carrying their flag received loud cheers as they went by. The Catholic Church in that country has been trying to broker peace after a proposal to change the social security system in 2018 unleashed pent-up frustration over the administration of President Daniel Ortega.The political situations of Nicaragua and Venezuela have been difficult to avo...

Next World Youth Day to be held in Portugal

IMAGE: CNS photo/Paul HaringBy Junno Arocho EstevesPANAMA CITY (CNS) -- Lisbon, Portugal, will open its doors to the world's young people in 2022 for the next World Youth Day.The announcement of Portugal was made by Cardinal Kevin Farrell, head of the Vatican's Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life, at the final Mass of World Youth Day Jan. 27. World Youth Day officials confirmed the year and city.Upon hearing the location of the next celebration, Portuguese erupted in cheers, waving their country's flag and chanting "We are the pope's youth!"Pope Francis then greeted Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who attended the Mass.In the early morning hours, pilgrims were awakened by sounds of upbeat music as the hot Panamanian sun rose. Despite the heat, the pilgrims danced and sang along, awaiting Pope Francis' arrival.In his homily, Pope Francis encouraged young Catholics to be engaged in the world today to ensure a better tomorrow."You, dear young people, ...

Like Mary, be 'influencers' for God, pope urges at World Youth Day vigil

IMAGE: CNS photo/Paul HaringBy Junno Arocho EstevesPANAMA CITY (CNS) -- Although Mary would not be considered an "influencer," like many social media personalities, she still became the most influential woman in history by trusting "in the love and promises of God, the only force capable of making all things new," Pope Francis told young people at the World Youth Day prayer vigil Jan. 26."Are you willing to be an 'influencer' like Mary, who dared to say, 'Let it be done'?" he asked. "Only love makes us more human and fulfilled; everything else is a pleasant but useless placebo."Despite sweltering temperatures in Panama City, hundreds of thousands of young men and women made their way to St. John Paul II Park on the penultimate day of World Youth Day. They brought sleeping bags and tents, prepared to spend the night at the field -- praying the rosary, making new friends -- before celebrating Mass with Pope Francis at 8 a.m. Jan. 27. The pope d...

Pope calls for peace in Venezuela, denounces Philippine church bombing

IMAGE: CNS photo/Paul HaringBy Junno Arocho EstevesPANAMA CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis prayed that a peaceful solution may be found in Venezuela as uncertainty and political instability grip the country.After praying the Angelus Jan. 27 with residents and workers at the Casa Hogar el Buen Samaritano, a hospice for HIV/AIDS patients, the pope said he is "united with the people of Venezuela in these days.""In front of the grave situation (Venezuela) is going through, I ask the Lord that a just and peaceful solution may be sought and achieved to overcome the crisis," he said.More than two dozen have died following mass demonstrations against newly sworn in incumbent President Nicolas Maduro.Following Maduro's inauguration, which many alleged was illegal due to vote rigging, many world leaders officially recognized Juan Guaido, president of the opposition-led legislature, as president. However, Maduro has refused to bow out."Respecting human rights and particular...

Hope wanes in church wounded by sin, pope tells Panama clergy, laity

IMAGE: CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi, ReutersBy Junno Arocho EstevesPANAMA CITY (CNS) -- A church wounded by sin can paralyze, confuse and tire the hearts of Catholic clergy and laypeople, causing them to doubt their mission in the modern world, Pope Francis said.Celebrating Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Santa Maria La Antigua Jan. 26 with priests, consecrated men and women and members of lay movements, the pope warned that the burdens and troubles in the church can lead to a "weariness of hope" that "calls into question the energy, resources and viability of our mission in this changing and challenging world.""The weariness of hope comes from seeing a church wounded by sin, which so often failed to hear all those cries that echoed the cry of the Master: 'My God, why have you forsaken me?'" he said.Thousands of pilgrims and Panamanians waited outside -- some camped outside since 4 a.m. -- cheering loudly as the bells of the cathedral hailed Pope Fra...

At lunch in Panama, U.S. pilgrim questions pope on abuse crisis

IMAGE: CNS photo/Vatican MediaBy Junno Arocho EstevesPANAMA CITY (CNS) -- While sharing a private lunch with pilgrims from around the world, Pope Francis expressed his solidarity with victims of sexual abuse by members of the clergy and emphasized the need for unity and prayer, a U.S. pilgrim said.Brenda Noriega, a youth minister from the Diocese of San Bernardino, California, told journalists Jan. 26 that although the experience of sharing a meal with the pope was "amazing," she said the crisis facing the Catholic Church in the United States was an issue "that we couldn't avoid talking about."The pope, she said, "reminded us that it was important to accompany the victims, that it is important to walk with the people and to be present to them. That it is important for us to be a church, a united church. And that for me -- as a representative of the U.S. and a minister of young people -- it means a lot."Noriega was among the group of 10 pilgrims -- five...

Update: World Youth Day offers glimpse of church's diversity to Indiana pilgrims

IMAGE: CNS photo/Rhina GuidosBy Rhina GuidosPANAMA CITY (CNS) -- Panama City has skyscrapers, bumper-to-bumper traffic, and a population of 880,000 within the city limits -- more than 1.5 million in the metropolitan area. Yet a group of pilgrims from Indiana found warmth and the diversity of the Catholic Church while attending World Youth Day in the bustling city center.From encountering friendly and welcoming Uber drivers and watching other pilgrims dance to sharing the Catholic faith and spirit, the experience has been a joyful one, said a group from the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana. They spoke to Catholic News Service Jan. 23 at the FIAT Festival, an event aimed at U.S. pilgrims."It's a unique experience," said Leo Patino of Warsaw, Indiana, a city of about 14,700. Patino, attending World Youth Day for the first time, said he had found exactly what Archbishop Jose Ulloa Mendieta spoke about at the event's opening Mass -- the warmth of the Panamanian people...

Thought of the Day

If you act rightly, you will be accepted; but if not, sin lies in wait at the door: its urge is for you, yet you can rule over it.

Genesis 4:7

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