iReporter captures 'holy supper' scenes in Mexico
iReporter Isaac Manriquez photographed this scene in Guadalajara, Mexico, of church members gathering for a "holy supper."
August 13th, 2013
01:57 PM ET

iReporter captures 'holy supper' scenes in Mexico

By Sarah Brown, CNN

(CNN) - Every August, devotees from the Light of the World Church, or La Luz Del Mundo, based in Guadalajara in central Mexico gather for a “holy supper,” or “santa convocation.”

The event is a remarkably colorful occasion for the church, which says it follows the beliefs of the “primitive” or early Christian traditions.

Crowds of worshipers who had traveled to the country from as far afield as Israel spill out into the city’s streets, holding parades and festivities that go on for days. FULL POST

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Americas • Christianity • Church • iReport • Mexico

Records detail cardinal's failings in abuse scandal
Cardinal Roger Mahony will be deposed Saturday, then head to Rome to vote on next pope.
February 22nd, 2013
07:15 PM ET

Records detail cardinal's failings in abuse scandal

By Wayne Drash, CNN

(CNN) – Told by two families that a visiting priest was suspected of molesting their children in 1988, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles did not immediately notify police. Instead, Cardinal Roger Mahony’s right-hand man alerted the priest – a heads-up that allowed him to flee the country for Mexico.

He remained in the priesthood there for another 21 years, allegedly continuing to molest. He has denied the accusations and remains a fugitive.

Newly released church documents show the behind-the-scenes machinations of top officials within the Los Angeles archdiocese making decisions on how to deal with pedophile priests, hindering police investigations and saying, in private, something completely different than what they said in public.


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: California • Catholic Church • Mexico • Pope • Pope Benedict XVI • Vatican

February 11th, 2013
05:57 PM ET

Papal news stuns Mexican faithful

CNN's Nick Parker reports on the stunned reaction of Mexican Catholics to the pope's sudden resignation.

- A. Hawkins

Filed under: Catholic Church • Mexico • Pope Benedict XVI

January 31st, 2013
04:21 AM ET

Unholy details of a religious cult

CNN's Brooke Baldwin talks to Rafael Romo about a religious cult whose members were believed to be victims of sex slavery.

- A. Hawkins

Filed under: Cults • Mexico • TV-CNN Newsroom

Some believe Friday is doomsday on the Mayan calendar; the Mayans don't
Image from Mayan calendar found in Guatemala.
December 20th, 2012
05:00 AM ET

Some believe Friday is doomsday on the Mayan calendar; the Mayans don't

By Ben Brumfield and Nick Parker, CNN

Merida, Mexico (CNN) - There may be no one left on earth to say TGIF this week.

Some believe the world is coming to an end Friday - on 12/21/12 - which is when an important phase on the ancient calendar of the Mayan people terminates.

Mayans don't buy it.

At least the ones living in the city of Merida, Mexico don't. Neither does the Mayan village of Yaxuna. They know the calendar their ancestors left them is about to absolve a key phase, which means the end of an era and the heralding of a new one, but they don't think we're all gonna die.

- A. Hawkins

Filed under: Mexico

October 28th, 2011
10:00 PM ET

Predators in plain sight: Priests accused of child abuse appear beyond the reach of law

Editor’s note: Gary Tuchman reports on allegedly abusive Catholic priests who are living, unsuspected, in communities across the country on CNN Presents, Saturday at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET on CNN.

By Gary Tuchman and Jessi Joseph, CNN

Los Angeles (CNN) - Former LAPD Detective Federico Sicard still remembers the Monday he arrived at a school to interview children who said a priest had molested them, even though the visit took place 23 years ago.

Sicard found four children at the school, Our Lady of Guadalupe in East L.A., who said they’d been abused by Nicolas Aguilar Rivera, a priest who’d recently arrived from Mexico.

But police never had a chance to interview Aguilar.


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Catholic Church • Mexico • Sex abuse

Capsule containing Pope John Paul II's blood heading to Mexico
August 10th, 2011
07:49 AM ET

Capsule containing Pope John Paul II's blood heading to Mexico

By the CNN Wire Staff

MEXICO CITY (CNN) - A capsule containing the blood of Pope John Paul II will be flown to Mexico next week and displayed in more than 100 locations across the country, officials announced Tuesday.

The blood - drawn in a hospital before the pope's death in 2005 - will be on view in Mexico until mid-December, the country's Catholic Bishops Council said.


- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Catholic Church • Mexico • Pope John Paul II

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