Former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez had a bristly relationship with the institutional Catholic Church in Rome, and in Caracas. So, while much of Latin America has been celebrating a South American being installed as Pope Francis, reaction in Venezuela has been muted.
The growing U.S. Hispanic population is largely Catholic, just like much of Latin America, so many of them were particularly excited by the choice of an Argentinian, a latino, as the next pope. But just as in South America, the Latino Catholic Church in the U.S. is not as strong as it once was.
Hugo Chavez has been dead a week and the race to replace him is already set. In many ways it'll be a rematch of the October election Chavez won handily. But the question is whether the less fiery Nicolas Maduro can top Henrique Capriles as well.
Hugo Chavez led Venezuela for 14 years, building the country into the western hemisphere's sharpest critic of the United States. He nationalized businesses and governed with a populist bent. He died Tuesday in Caracas, age 58.
Uruguay's new left-wing government has introduced a host of new laws, regarding marijuana, abortion and same-sex marriage. They're hot topics of discussion and, surprisingly, often the reactions people have defy political labels.
Lakes high in the world's mountains are becoming increasingly dangerous to the towns that have sprouted up near them. The lakes are prone to floods, typically caused when the mountain glaciers that feed them shed a chunk of ice and rock, forcing thousands of gallons over the banks.
The majority of Catholics around the world now live in Latin America and Africa, and those are the places where the church is still growing. Now, those Catholics in the developing world outnumber the Catholics from Europe. And still, the Catholic Church has never had a non-European Pope. Will that change?
Ecuador's media have been under fire since President Rafael Correa took office in 2006. He appears set to win a third term later this month, which means more difficult times for the country's independent media.
A growing community of Hispanic American immigrants, as well as Hispanics in their home country, are choosing to convert from their predominantly Christian religions to Islam. It's especially common for women.
Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez hasn't been seen publicly since Dec. 10, when he left for Cuba and his fourth cancer surgery. Reports are he is gravely ill -- so much so that he missed his scheduled inauguration on Thursday, fueling a bit of a constitutional crisis.