Cookies, sombrero and a shoe shine: Even reporters give pope gifts

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT TO HAVANA (CNS) — Making his 12th trip abroad, Pope Francis was accustomed to collecting interview requests, notes and gifts from the journalists who travel on the plane with him. But his flight to Cuba Feb. 12 had a unique moment. Noel Diaz, who lives in Los Angeles and was covering…

Feast celebrates patroness of the Americas

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Isn’t the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe a Latino celebration just for Latinos? “No, it isn’t,” said Father Jeff Ethen, pastor of St. Leonard of Port Mauritius Parish in Pelican Rapids and St. Elizabeth Parish in Elizabeth. “It is a gift from the Latinos, but it is for all…

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…

All invited to festive celebration honoring ‘patroness of the Americas’

By Dianne Towalski The Visitor Organizers of this year’s diocesan Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration are hoping to draw more than 500 people to the event. “It’s not just Our Lady of Guadalupe for the Mexicans,” said Mayuli Bales, director of the Diocese of St. Cloud’s Office of Multicultural Ministries. “That’s something that we really…

KC Silver Rose Prayer Service set for May 28

May 23, 2014, edition Bishop Donald Kettler will preside at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Silver Rose Prayer Service at 6:30 p.m. May 28 at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Each year, a silver rose honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe is carried by Knights of Columbus from Canada, through the U.S. and into Mexico to arrive at…

Celebration aims for solidarity with Hispanic community

Compassionate immigration reform to be the focus of Dec. 15 events; Bishop Kettler to preside at Mass for Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. John’s Abbey Nov. 22, 2013, edition By Carol Jessen-Klixbull The Catholic community of the St. Cloud Diocese will come together in prayer and communion to support its Hispanic brothers and sisters…