• Pope praises Jesuit missions in New World for ending hunger, oppression

    • Jul 11, 2015

    ASUNCIÓN, Paraguay — To this day, people debate whether the 18th century Jesuit missions in South America were a great social experiment, or a theocratic reign of terror. The 1986 Hollywood movie “The Mission,” starring Jeremy Irons, represents the former view, while some indigenous critics speak for the latter. On

  • Photos: Pope Francis in Paraguay

    • Jul 11, 2015

    The last leg of Pope Francis’ whirlwind tour through Latin America began Friday, where in Paraguay’s capital city he praised the friendliness and welcoming nature of its people, a nation that remains intact, he said, despite enduring terrible sufferings brought on by war, fratricidal conflict, lack of freedom, and a

  • Pope Francis’ love affair with the women of Paraguay

    • Jul 11, 2015

    ASUNCIÓN, Paraguay — Paraguay is the last stop on Pope Francis’ week-long barnstorming tour of Latin America, but in the mind of the pontiff it’s by no means least – especially, perhaps, in terms of his ardor for the country’s women. Indeed, Francis seems to have a love affair going

  • Photos: Pope Francis in Bolivia

    • Jul 10, 2015

    Pope Francis visited Bolivia, where the environment, ministering to the poor and the government’s tense relations with the Catholic Church were high on the agenda. Read more about his trip to Bolivia.    

  • Pope tells inmates in Bolivian jail Palmasola he, too, ‘must do penance’

    • Jul 10, 2015

    SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia — As the closing act of a jam-packed 44 hours in Bolivia, Pope Francis on Friday visited a notorious detention center called Palmasola, known as one of the world’s most overcrowded and dangerous prisons, leading the inmates in prayer. “You may be asking yourselves: “Who is this

  • Bolivia’s propaganda coup with papal visit may be short-lived

    • Jul 9, 2015

    It was always in the stars that this week’s encounter between Pope Francis and Bolivia’s Evo Morales, more or less the successor to Hugo Chavez as Latin America’s most notorious anti-Western populist, would be interesting. Their get-together Wednesday in La Paz, the Bolivian capital, certainly delivered. Thursday morning I was awakened