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Bilingualism is our Catholic treasureHosffman Ospino

How many languages do you speak? I speak two, English and Spanish. I can also read comfortably in two other languages. My wife and children are bilingual and so are most of the people with whom I worship ...

The hope of immigrant Catholic families Hosffman Ospino

A most rewarding moment in my daily routine after a long workday or returning home from some travels is to sit with my wife for a while to watch our children play. Their energy and creativity are mesmerizing. ...

A Hispanic Catholic PentecostHosffman Ospino

One familiar question among those trying to get a better sense of the U.S. Hispanic Catholic experience is how many Roman Catholic Hispanics are charismatic. The point of contention usually is the definition ...

A Hispanic cardinal question Hosffman Ospino

A cursory look at the surnames and biographies of current U.S. cardinals, active and retired, yields the following list (in alphabetical order): Burke, Cupich, DiNardo, Dolan, Farrell, Harvey, Levada, ...

The Latino effect of Pope Francis at year five of his pontificateHosffman Ospino

Pope Francis was elected five years ago on March 13, 2013. Two firsts about him captured people's imaginations: the first Jesuit and the first Latin American ever elected pope. What kind of leadership ...

Holding the pope's hand in gratitude for being Catholic Hosffman Ospino

Every now and then, I find in the offices of pastoral leaders and theologians, as well as in the homes of some families I know, a picture of them shaking hands with one of the recent popes. When I ...

The courage to speak of racism in the familyHosffman Ospino

In a recent column, I related a conversation that my wife and I had with our young son about race. We talked about how incisive and damaging stereotypes about Hispanic people are in Church and society. ...

'What am I?' Hosffman Ospino

My 6-year-old son came home after school and unexpectedly asked my wife and me: "What am I?" The question caught us off guard. "What do you mean," we replied. He said, "Am I Mexican? Are people who speak ...