Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller

Courtesy San Antonio Archdiocese

Pope Francis has nominated a Hill Country priest to be San Antonio's new Auxiliary Bishop.  

Monsignor Michael Boulette will be ordained in March and will assist Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller across the growing San Antonio region. Boullette is founder and director of a spiritual training program for priests called 'St. Peter Upon The Water' in Ingram.  The Bishop-Elect says he has mixed emotions about his new role in the Church. 

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There’s plenty of skeletal imagery around this week, but one bony figure showing up more in South Texas has little to do with Halloween or Dia de Los Muertos. She’s Santa Muerte, or ‘Saint Death,’ a Mexican folk saint condemned by the Catholic Church. Devotion to the skeleton saint is growing quickly—even in San Antonio. 

Ana Maya’s San Antonio home is filled with images of Santa Muerte, from posters and jewelry to the several dozen statues she uses for her spiritual work.

“People know me as Brujita Maya la Santa Muerte, and I pray and devote to Santa Muerte,” Maya says.

Kate Sheehy / Fronteras

Fronteras: Tijuana has long been a magnet for migrants from across Mexico, but the city’s rapid growth means urban planning is often a second thought. Bishops along the border collaborate on a call for immigration reform. A quinceañera is an important milestone for many young Latinas, and it's become good business in the U.S. Border fence construction continues in Texas  near a historical site. And we look at an experiment designed to re launch destroyed rural border economies on both sides of the Rio Grande.

Joey Palacios / TPR News

Catholic bishops on both sides of the Texas-Mexico border are releasing a letter to their parishes and elected officials to address what they call the "human tragedies" of the current immigration system. The clergy hope the letter will change misconceptions about undocumented immigrants.

Greg Zaragoza for Texas Public Radio

In the first segment:

Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller joins us to talk about the Supreme Court ruling about the Defense of Marriage Act, challenges facing the Catholic church and the future of the church in San Antonio.  

In the second segment:

We take a look at the Supreme court ruling in Shelby v. Holder case and its ramifications in Texas. Congressman Joaquin Castro joined us as well as UTSA Professor of Political Science, Walt Wilson.

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