• Latino and Muslim: A growing minority

    By Audris Ponce The Venture HOUSTON -- Latino and Muslim are two words that come charged with various sentiments in American society. Being a Latino Muslim comes with the challenge of facing both religious and ethnic ostracism. Juan Alvarado was raised Catholic by his Dominican parents but converted to Islam at the...

  • DREAM Act Sabbath

    MetroLatinoUSA WASHINGTON, DC -- Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL), Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) and more than a dozen religious leaders representing a broad variety of faith traditions, today announced a DREAM Act Sabbath - an initiative enlisting churches, synagogues, and mosques around the country to dedicate time during their regular...

  • Catholic program aims at building peace in Mexico

    By Pablo Jaime Sáinz La Prensa San Diego SAN DIEGO, CA -- A non-profit Catholic organization announced this week in San Diego that it will start a pilot program in three Mexican states that will aim to contribute to peace building in Mexico. Lynnette Asselin, Mexico's representative for Catholic Relief Services (CRS),...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: Raising the bar on treating the homeless

    LatinaLista -- San Antonio's newest and largest facility serving homeless adults and children draws attention because it isn't just another place where the homeless find refuge. Haven for Hope raises the bar on helping the homeless by creating the first "Homeless Transformation Campus" in the country. Citing their mission as "to transform...

  • Virtual summit empowers women to make an impact on the world

    LatinaLista -- Wherever we look around the world, and even in our own backyards, we see women are taking bolder stands -- running for political office, challenging social injustice or human rights abuses, leading coalitions, communities and governments. Some say the world is on the cusp of a new era that is...

  • Study finds Latinas forego cancer screenings leaving outcome to God

    LatinaLista -- At one point in each of our lives, we've heard our mothers, abuelas, tias, sisters, and heck, we may have even uttered words to the effect of "God's Will, be done." It's an attitude that automatically surrenders our ability to change the outcome of a given situation.The older generation calls...

  • Forest Lawn cemetery wants to be the top destination for Latinos on Dia de los Muertos

    LatinaLista -- The name "Forest Lawn" is world renown as the final resting place for Hollywood's greatest names in show business. Yet, Forest Lawn isn't a typical cemetery. With nine separate cemeteries throughout Southern California, Forest Lawn also is known locally for holding special community events on their grounds. They even have...

  • FL’s Pastor Jones shows being within your rights to do something doesn’t make it right

    LatinaLista -- There was literally a collective sigh heard today around the world when Florida Pastor Terry Jones announced he had "changed" his mind about this weekend's burning of the Quran. Though legal analysts say Jones was within his First Amendment rights to do such a thing, common sense prevailed that it...

  • Guest Voz: Guatemalan-born teen tries to keep his Christian faith as he faces deportation

    LatinaLista -- The "DREAM Now Series: Letters to Barack Obama" is a social media campaign that launched Monday, July 19, to underscore the urgent need to pass the DREAM Act. The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, S. 729, would help tens of thousands of young people, American in...

  • Peru: Holy Week in Peru — a time for religion and recreation

    By Isabel Guerra LatinaLista Peru, a country that has been through 300 years of Spanish Viceroyalty, is still, despite the advances of other religions and cults, a Catholic country. Spanish conquistadores set foot on current Peru's territories in 1532, and imposed Catholicism by force on the native Peruvians, who adopted the Catholic...

  • Prayer campaign for Juarez, Mexico winds down as violence heats up

    LatinaLista -- A day hasn't gone by lately when Juarez, Mexico isn't in the news. The latest sad tale to come from Mexico's most violent city, and the most violent city in the world outside a war zone, is the senseless ambush of U.S. Consulate employees who were in separate cars with...

  • A crowning achievement: Sharing the beauty of family and love with troubled young adults

    Winning the title of Mrs. Kentucky International 2010, Elaine Barnes Bateman uses her pageant platform to raise awareness for mentoring and adopting troubled young adults.   LatinaLista — To look at Elaine Barnes Bateman, one can easily see how this petite, pretty Venezuelan-Cuban with the mega-watt smile was crowned Mrs. Kentucky International...

  • New report shows marriage isn’t as revered an institution among some communities

    LatinaLista — The quickest way to get people all hot and bothered is to change things. We're seeing it in Washington these days with the healthcare debate. If there could have been a strategy to slowly introduce and implement healthcare reforms, aside from catching people off guard, it wouldn't have caused the...

  • New cookbook whips up dishes in the name of peace

    LatinaLista — What do Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mia Farrow and Rigoberta Menchù Tum have in common? Well, aside from being advocates for peace, they also happen to share book credit in a special new cookbook called "Ingredients for Peace." The 141-page cookbook, which supports the work of the Nobel Women's Initiative, features...

  • A quest for religious fulfillment takes readers on a 200-year adventure

    By Jo Ann Hernandez LatinaLista   Lupe de la Garza is a shopkeeper in a mountain village in Mexico. After seeing a sign from God in the smoke of a fire of the local church, she is on a quest to spread the word inspired by an altarpiece painted by the eighteenth...

  • The “We Won’t Wait for Peace” Virtual Film Festival marks International Day of Peace

    LatinaLista — Today is International Day of Peace. It is a day dedicated to a global call for ceasefire and non-violence. This year's call, as asked by the UN Secretary-General, is for nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. Unfortunately, such a call can only be responded to by the governments of the world. However,...

  • International Peace Summit in Costa Rica extends a global invitation via virtual summit web site

    LatinaLista — Everyone, or most everyone, has heard about the G-20 Summit taking place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Sept. 24-25, attended by the world's most powerful leaders to discuss the state and future of the global economy. Yet, there's another summit taking place this month and it also deals with an imperative...

  • In the name of Dios: Mormon missionaries bring urban Hispanics, Catholics into the church

    By Kate Shellnutt News21 Traditional greetings--"buenos dias" and smacking kisses, one on each cheek--sound out over the organ music 22-year-old missionary Charisse Horn plays at a Sunday morning service in Logan Square. A year ago, she'd never spoken a word of Spanish. Now, as one of about 35 Spanish-speaking missionaries in Chicago,...

  • Poor Catholic Latinos in Miami-Dade under siege with Diocese plan to close neighborhood churches

    LatinaLista — If it weren't for Latinos, the nation's Roman Catholic Church might not have a future. As we recently reported, Latinos now comprise the largest majority of the ethnic groups studying for religious vocations. Thousands of Catholics listened Sunday as pastors read a letter by Archbishop John C. Favalora announcing plans...

  • Study shows Latinos lead all ethnic groups in studying for U.S. Catholic vocations

    LatinaLista — A new study titled Study of Recent Vocations to Religious Life reports that among the "religious-in-training" the majority are Latino. The new members' total is likely higher than the 4,000 surveyed, as some religious institutes did not respond. The study's findings, which did not include diocesan priesthood, show an increased...