- Dec 10, 2019
A laid-back Pope Francis came out to play on Thursday in northern Chile, applauding the people of the region for knowing how to party — living the faith in a spirit of joy, especially through great festivals and popular celebrations.
At a hilltop crucifix in struggling Haiti, some people held out passports, pleading for visas, or dog-eared photos of sick relatives. Others prayed for a loving relationship or a steady job while carrying beeswax candles and rosary beads, in an annual ceremony that blends traditional Catholic devotion with elements of Voodoo, a religion that evolved in the 17th century when colonists brought slaves to Haiti from West Africa.
Padre Pio is one of the most popular saints of the 20th century, above all in Italy, despite skepticism from elites and strong opposition from many Church officials — illustrating that Catholicism may not be a democracy, but there is a degree of ‘people power’ after all.