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PHOTOS: Behind the scenes at Nicoya’s Good Friday procession

Despite the approximately 35°C heat in Nicoya this Good Friday, the Nicoyan people dressed up and headed to the streets to recreate the Via Crucis.

Catholics still a majority in Costa Rica, but church is losing ground

Just over half of respondents believe Costa Rica should maintain its status as a Catholic state.

Debate continues over pregnancy of girl allegedly raped by father

"If we have a girl whose physical and emotional health are going to be damaged because an abortion isn't offered to her, then what are we doing as a society?" lawyer Larissa Arroyo asked The Tico Times.

In Costa Rica Thousands walk to Cartago to visit ‘La Negrita’

Every year, an estimated two million people from across Central America leave their homes and walk to the Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Los Ángeles in...

Commenting on Zika virus, Pope Francis calls abortion ‘a human evil’

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis insisted Thursday that abortion was always a crime but hinted that the Church could exceptionally relax its ban on contraception for women at risk of contracting the Zika virus.

Pope Francis kicks off Mexico tour addressing drug trafficking and violence

MEXICO CITY – Pope Francis threw himself into the most contentious of issues roiling Mexico during his first full day here, calling on President Enrique Peña Nieto and his government to protect citizens and bring justice to a country wracked with violence and corruption.

Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill urge Christian unity at historic Cuba talks

HAVANA, Cuba – Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill called in a historic meeting Friday for restored Christian unity and urgent action to help Christians threatened by violence in the Middle East.

Pope and Russian Orthodox leader to hold historic encounter in Cuba

Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill I of the Russian Orthodox Church will meet in Cuba for the first time next Friday as part of an effort to heal a schism that has divided Christianity between East and West for nearly 1,000 years.

President Solís, church leaders discuss Cuban migrant crisis

The nearly 1,000 Cuban migrants at the Nicaraguan border have become a diplomatic hot potato as countries blame one another for the crisis.

Pope Francis asks ‘forgiveness for the scandals’

Pope Francis on Wednesday offered a surprise public apology from the Catholic Church for a series of scandals which have shaken the city of Rome and the Vatican, from gay sex to drug use.

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