Catholic Church
Latin America's first pope, Argentine-born Francis I, has staked out a new inclusive appraoch, but he also reflects hopes and anxieties about the future of Catholicism in the region.

Bishop Jorge Lozano of Argentina issued a call on Wednesday urging Church members to share information they may have regarding the fate of the children kidnapped during that country's “Dirty War.”

Pope Francis—the first Latin American to head the Catholic Church—arrived in Brazil on Monday to celebrate World Youth Day, a week-long international gathering of young Catholics initiated by Pope John Paul II in 1985.

This week’s announcement that Pope Benedict XVI has resigned and will relinquish his official papal duties at the end of the month has brought into relief the important role of the Catholic Church in Latin America, and the important role of Latin America in the Catholic Church.

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