Bigger than St. Patrick: In Italy, St. Joseph is the man

VATICAN CITY — Today’s feast of St. Joseph is a big day in the Vatican. In addition to being Father’s Day in Italy, St. Joseph’s feast day is a paid holiday for Vatican workers. It is the name day of retired Pope Benedict XVI (who was born Joseph Ratzinger). And, the guardian of Jesus is…

Mexicans observe Our Lady of Guadalupe feast amid dire challenges

MEXICO CITY (CNS) — Dressed in green T-shirts and clutching statues of Our Lady of Guadalupe covered in plastic, a group of pilgrims from Guerrero prayed, posed for photos in front of the basilica dedicated to the national patroness, set out on a march to their hometown in the hills south of Mexico City. They…