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Faith and Culture | New Year's resolutions, baptismal promises awaken us

We now find ourselves in what the Catholic liturgical calendar calls "ordinary time." The great Advent and Christmas seasons are behind us. With the feast of the Epiphany, the taking down of the holiday decorations began and came to an end. Even the New Year's celebrations, glamour and excitement are gone.

What still linger in our minds are the New Year's resolutions. Many of us opted, once again, to engage the coming of the New Year as a time for personal inventory and renewal. With our imaginations rolling and our aspirations soaring we made clear resolutions.

Faith and Culture | The gift of recognizing beauty in our lives

Living in a postmodern culture can often create the feeling that few things are truly what they appear to be. We have become quite comfortable with the idea of questioning and deconstructing everything around us. The stories and images that once nurtured our imagination become suspect and are dismissed as antiquated and even perceived to be oppressive.

Pope celebrates Guadalupe feast, confirms he'll travel to Mexico, Cuba

Pope Benedict XVI walked past an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe as he celebrated Mass to mark the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in St. Peter’s Basilica. During the liturgy the pope confirmed he will travel to Mexico and Cuba in the spring.

VATICAN CITY -- Celebrating the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and confirming he will travel to Mexico and Cuba in the spring, Pope Benedict XVI called on the people of Latin America to hold firm to their faith.

During his homily at the Mass Dec. 12 in St. Peter's Basilica, the pope prayed that God would guide the decisions of the Latin American people, so they could progress in "building a society based on the development of good, the triumph of love and the expansion of justice."

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is a daylong affair treasured by many

For Saralicia Cortez, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is special because "she helped the Mexicans learn about the religion of Catholics."

Saralicia, a student at Our Lady of Guadalupe School in Ferguson, portrayed Mary in a re-enactment of Our Lady's visits to St. Juan Diego near Mexico City in December 1531. Saralicia said she was proud to take part in the events at her parish church because of the connection of the feast to her heritage and because it shows how important the faith is to the people.

'You are not alone,' U.S. Hispanic bishops tell immigrants

WASHINGTON -- An emotional pastoral letter to immigrants from the U.S. Hispanic and Latino Catholic bishops offers love, encouragement, welcome, sympathy and assurance that "you are not alone or forgotten."

"We recognize that every human being, authorized or not, is an image of God and therefore possesses infinite value and dignity," begins the strongly worded letter released on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dec. 12. "We open our arms and hearts to you, and we receive you as members of our Catholic family. As pastors, we direct these words to you from the depths of our heart."

Day of the Dead

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The Day of the Dead or "Día de los Muertos" in Spanish, is a Hispanic tradition where the days surrounding All Saints and All Souls are celebrated by making a remembrance altar for deceased loved ones. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico, where it is considered a national holiday. Traditional celebrations of this festival include building altars honoring the deceased using sugar, bread, skulls and other foods which the departed loved ones appreciated while alive. 

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