• Mexican seminary holds the key to future growth of U.S. Catholicism

    By Mariana Llamas-Cendon Latinalista The U.S. Catholic Church is experiencing serious competition and as a result has lost many parishioners to other religions. According to the Pew Forum on Religions and Public Life, about a 31.4 percent of U.S. adults reported they were raised Catholic; however, nowadays only 23.9 percent of adults...

  • President Obama proclaims May 7 National Day of Prayer

    LatinaLista — Today in the Oval Office, President Obama signed a proclamation making May 7 the National Day of Prayer (NDP). President Barack Obama signs the proclamation marking the National Day of Prayer in the Oval Office of the White House May 7, 2009. Looking on is Joshua DuBois, Director of the...

  • The Pope’s condom comments leave the Catholic Church’s fastest growing segment, Latinos, in limbo

    Pope Benedict created a global outrage with his recent remarks regarding the effectiveness of condoms against the spread of AIDS. In the United States, his remarks have the potential to impact this nation’s Hispanic population who have not only emerged as an at-risk population for the virus but who are also responsible...

  • Man claims vision of the Virgin of Guadalupe implores for people to unite

    LatinaLista — As the new legislative season gets underway in the Capitol and across the nation, there are state legislators and city politicians who still insist on demoralizing, intimidating and targeting Spanish-speaking immigrants, both legal and undocumented, with legislation that is racist in nature. As Latina Lista noted yesterday, Senate congressmen still...

  • Tis the season for angels of all kinds

    LatinaLista — Of all the seasons of the year, Christmastime seems to bring out the angels — either in all of us or from that other plane of existence that goes by many different names depending on what you believe. In 2007, a British visitor visiting the Vatican snapped a picture of...

  • Unique calendar showcasing young priests makes for interesting gift idea

    LatinaLista — If you're still stuck on what gift to get someone who has everything, you might want to try a calendar. One of the 12 Catholic priests featured in the 2009 calendar. The calendar we're talking about doesn't feature cute puppies or kittens or famous city skylines. It doesn't feature half-naked...

  • Latinos lend support to Muslim community in wake of Holy Land Foundation verdicts

    LatinaLista — At Latina Lista, I often write to give voice to those I consider without one — the undocumented, the impoverished, those who are discriminated against because of the color of their skin or the accent in their voices and who are summarily dismissed by traditional media, politicians and the general...

  • Guest Voz: Santeria priestess tells Obama, “Oye, Mr. President-elect, don’t dis seances!”

    By Irete Lazo LatinaLista Author Irete Lazo Irete Lazo (a pseudonym) is the author of The Accidental Santera (Oct 2008, Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press). Lazo received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, was an editor at Latina magazine and is currently a freelance science writer living near San Jose,...

  • Sept. 21 is Peace Day but one advocate finds peace to be financially costly

    LatinaLista — How will you create peace in the world? The question sounds more like one of those hypothetical musings posed to beauty pageant finalists than anything that is of substance and attainable but British filmmaker Jeremy Gilley believed a global observance of day without violence could be a reality. Gilley set...

  • McCain’s visit to Mexico’s Basilica de Guadalupe is misguided campaign move

    LatinaLista — An odd thing happened this morning in Mexico City where Sen. John McCain is "having talks" with Mexican President Felipe Calderon. McCain, his wife and entourage, descended upon the Basilica de Guadalupe, at 8 a.m. The Basilica is the Mexican version of Mecca for Catholics of Mexican descent. In fact,...

  • Indian spiritualist chooses to cross picket line of Latino workers fighting for fair wages

    LatinaLista — What do you get when an Indian woman known the world over as the "Hugging Saint" who lives a life of peace and love meets a group of mostly Latino hotel workers protesting their employer's refusal to enact a living wage law? An interesting showdown! Amma, the Hugging Saint Amma...

  • Spanish version of Bible jumps into the 21st Century

    LatinaLista — There is one book that always outdoes the competition when it comes to setting world records in the readership category. You got it — the Bible. Though the Bible has always had a Spanish printed version, it now has an audio version. The American Bible Society has released La Palabra...

  • City of Laredo Co-Hosts Prayer Vigil for Tejano Superstar Emilio Navaira

    LatinaLista — For lovers of Tejano music, this week has been rough with the news that Grammy award-winning Tejano superstar Emilio Navaira almost lost his life, and remains in grave condition, after his tour bus wrecked on a Houston highway Sunday morning. Fans have been praying for his recovery all week and...

  • Guest Voz: It’s Time Women are Recognized for Skills They Have to Build Peace

    By Benita Ferrero-Waldner LatinaLista Benita Ferrero-Waldner is European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy. On March 6, 2008, she addressed a group of over 50 women, including leaders, foreign ministers, lawmakers, first ladies and top European Union and U.N. officials at the International Women's Day Conference in Brussels. Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner...

  • Guest Voz: A Priest’s Appeal to the Federal Government to Stop Offending God with a Border Fence

    LatinaLista — Over the last several months, Latina Lista has posted numerous posts about the strong efforts of some Texas border residents who are fighting back against the federal government's insistence that the country will be safer with a physical barrier dividing Mexico and the United States. Because of these residents pushing...

  • Breaking News: Chicago Church Grants Sanctuary for Second Time

    LatinaLista — Flor Crisotomo is the latest undocumented immigrant to ask for sanctuary at Chicago's Adalberto United Methodist Church, the former sanctuary of Elvira Arellano. Flor Crisostomo, an illegal immigrant from Mexico arrested at a workplace raid at a Chicago site of IFCO Systems in 2006, is helped by supporters as she...

  • Chicago Church that Gave Sanctuary to Elvira “Prays” on Whether or Not to Do It Again

    LatinaLista — Chicago's Adalberto United Methodist Church is back in the news. Known for providing sanctuary to Mexican national Elvira Arellano, the church finds itself facing the same request by more members of their congregation. Adalberto United Methodist Church was the sanctuary home for Elvira Arellano. (Source: chicagoist.com) It's a decision that...

  • Being Successful Means “Keeping the Faith”

    LatinaLista — These days, associating corporate America with Christian values sounds more like an oxymoron than a plan for Latinas to achieve professional success. Yet, Cubana-Latina and corporate executive veteran, Ana Mollinedo Mims, lays the blueprint for Latinas to follow in achieving professional success without compromising their values in her new book...

  • Do the Changing Religious Habits of Hispanics Forbode a Cultural Crisis?

    LatinaLista — A recent article in the New York Times titled For Some Hispanics, Coming to America Also Means Abandoning Religion sparked a lot of interest. In the days after the article was published, newspapers across the country syndicated it and it was the 5th most e-mailed story from the Times' web...

  • Reader Shares New Site Unleashing Power of Prayer

    LatinaLista — With only 24 hours since the deadly shooting at Virginia Tech, people are looking for answers — and milagros (miracles). So, it was rather ironic that a young Latino author named Jeff Rivera sent Latina Lista an e-mail last week sharing a new site he has. In his e-mail, Jeff...