• Celebrating the Mass of Ages

    On a Mexico City Traffic Island By Beverly Stevens Photos by Michael Durnan and Beverly Stevens It may be the smallest church in the largest metropolitan area in the western hemisphere. This delicate chapel, the Inmaculada Concepcion de María, was built centuries years ago, on…

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  • The FSSP’s ‘Extraordinary’ New House of Formation in Mexico

    Photos by Beverly Stevens and Michael Durnan Fr. Jonathan Romanoski, FSSP was ordained on May 30, 2008 by His Eminence, Dario Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos and has been ministering in Mexico ever since. Here’s REGINA‘s exclusive on-the-spot interview with the Pennsylvania native, 37, on the Fraternity…

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  • Rogue Priest

    Mexico’s George Washington by Beverly Stevens Photo Credit: Beverly Stevens and Wikipedia He’s an unlikely George Washington. The ‘father of Mexico’s’ name is everywhere: on street signs, 1000 peso notes and in fact an entire state. Wreathed with laurels, often dressed like a Roman senator,…

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  • Mexico’s Magnificent Martyred Son

    by Peter De Trolio Photos by Michael Durnan Priests hidden in the homes of terrified Catholics persecuted by priest hunters, informants and the law. Religious orders expelled and their houses confiscated. Churches closed or converted to use by the new official state-sanctioned religion.  England during…

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  • Masonic Mexico

    by Michael Durnan Photos by Beverly Stevens and Michael Durnan Aren’t the Masons just a voluntary service organization, like the Rotary Club? What possible connection could they have to Mexico? In this concise article, REGINA writer Michael Durnan sheds light on the hidden history of…

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  • Mexico’s Church in the Spotlight

    REGINA: We were a bit surprised when an older, retired Mexican academic asked us why we thought Mexicans were such ‘religious extremists’, citing as examples the Santa Muerte death cult and Our Lady of Guadalupe. Where does an attitude such as his come from? Matthew…

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  • Mexico’s Miracle-Working Virgin

    Our Lady of Saint John of the Lakes by Teresa Limjoco Photo Credit: Beverly Stevens They flock to her. In central Mexico, northeast of Guadalajara, the second most-visited shrine in Mexico is besieged by millions of Mexicans every year. Even the most jaded observer is…

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  • Aztec Demons

    by Harry Stevens Photos by Beverly Stevens and Michael Durnan (Editor’s Note: It has often been noted that ‘the victors write history’ and the story of the Aztecs is no exception to this rule. The ‘victors’ in this case, however, are not the 16th century…

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  • The Growing Enigma of the Tilma

    What We Know Today About Our Lady of Guadalupe by Ed Masters Photos by Michael Durnan and Beverly Stevens Most Catholics, especially Mexicans, are familiar with the story of the apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe to St. Juan Diego in the mid 16th century….

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  • A Catholic Quinceañera for Trinity

    by Donna Sue Berry It’s not a Sacrament, though it always includes a Mass. The Mexican Quinceañera (variously called fiesta de quince años, fiesta de quinceañera, quince años, quinceañera or simply quince in Latin American countries and ex-patriate communities) is a ‘coming of age’ ceremony….

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  • Hidden Jewel: The Latin Mass in Mexico

    REGINA: The Latin Mass is almost unknown in most of Mexico. Why is this? Maria Albers: Unless you are/were educated in a Catholic institution or raised in a Catholic family with basic knowledge of the religion, you won’t learn much about religion from other sources….

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  • ‘Imagine No Heaven’: Mexico Without Vocations

    ANTI-CATHOLIC POP ART: Mexico’s media and art elites have for over 200 years worked assiduously at discrediting the Church’s religious Orders, but until recent decades the country nevertheless had many vocations. This has suddenly ground to a halt nearly everywhere except one or two traditional…

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  • Mexico’s Marriage Problem

    Feminism among the elites plus widespread consumerism and materialism are taking their toll on Mexican marriages and families, as our correspondents report.  REGINA: Are young Mexicans marrying and having children?   Maria Albers: Sadly, as time passes, less and less people believe in the institution…

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