Residents of Villa 21-24, a slum on the south side of the Argentine capital, hold fond memories of Pope Francis.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Tour guides take tourists to the most notable and mundane points the pope visited when he was Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio in Buenos Aires.
Argentines have embraced the election of Pope Francis in a country where the economy is teetering and politics are polarized.
The traditional pre-Lent celebration has been revived in Argentina in recent years amid turbulent economic conditions.
The diocese of San Isidro publicly apologized for the actions of Fr. Jose Mercau, a priest sentenced to 14 years in jail in 2006 for sexually abusing of four children.
"The San Isidro diocesan community, and especially the bishop and priests, publicly apologize to the young victims who were affected by the conduct of a priest within our diocese, Father Jose Mercau, when he was a priest at St. John the Baptist Church," said the document signed by Bishop Oscar Ojea and read at diocesan Masses Dec. 14-15.
John Allen in Argentina: Go to the slums of Buenos Aires, and there's a very good chance you'll meet someone who has met Jorge Mario Bergoglio personally.
All Things Catholic: A week in Buenos Aires, Pope Francis' hometown, gives indications of just what the new pontiff will do.
Buenos Aires, Argentina – Would Pope Francis shut down the Vatican Bank? A former aide says he wouldn't be surprised if it happens.
It probably shouldn’t be a surprise that the election of the first-ever pope from Latin America is causing a mini-Catholic boom in his home country, but however predictable, signs of a “Francis effect” in Argentina seem almost ubiquitous.
Among other indications of ferment, local Catholics say there’s probably never been a better attended series of Holy Week celebrations in the history of Argentine Catholicism than what transpired in late March 2013.
The bond Rabbi Abraham Skorka and then-Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio formed bridged the religions after some episodes of less-than-cordial relations in Argentina.