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Mass same-sex marriages, presided over by the mayor? Yes, and then some. Read more»

Pope Francis

Best-selling author Thomas Cahill reflects on Pope Francis and the astonishing change he brings to the Vatican. Read more»

Leslie Camarillo (left) and Martha Alamilla, both from Mexico City, at the Centro Educativo de la Comunidad Musulmana in Mexico City, following Friday prayers.

For almost five centuries Catholicism has been the dominant religion in Mexico. And a small yet growing group of converts are seeking spiritual salvation in Islam. In fact, Pew estimates Mexico will be home to 126,000 Muslims by 2030, up from 111,000 in 2010. Read more» 1

Pope Francis

Some in the region see a streak of liberation theology in Francis, who is in Brazil this week for World Youth Day. Read more»

About 1,000 Catholic school students, joined by bishops and legislative leaders, attended a rally Wednesday timed with National School Choice Week. Read more»

Items for sale in León, Guanajuato, Mexico, to commemorate Pope Benedict XVI's visit.

The arrival of Pope Benedict XVI is being celebrated by many in León, Mexico, but not by all. Read more»

Once a month, an unconventional mix of churchgoers — devotees, drug addicts and thieves — convene in a church on the outskirts of Mexico City to praise the saint of lost causes. Read more»

A Santa Claus statue in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico.

A free, government-coordinated holiday program in Mexico City underscores an emerging trend in the country: Christmas is being Americanized. Read more»

In 2010, Hidalgo County's network of eight Planned Parenthood clinics provided family-planning services to 23,000 patients, many of whom are uninsured and cannot afford to pay. Recent budget cuts and narrowing of staff have left many without services. Read more» 1

The new statue of Pope John Paul II that was unveiled this week outside a train terminal in Rome.

The Vatican on Friday slammed a giant new sculpture outside Rome's main train station that portrays John Paul II but has been compared to the late Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. Read more» 1