Borderlands

Celebration of Pope Francis’ visit resonates on both sides of the border

CIUDAD JUÁREZ, Mexico -- In the slanting afternoon shadows between this city and its sister across the border, Pope Francis ascended a ramp built overlooking the levee of the Rio Grande and blessed the U.S. and its people, including migrants and refugees.


Storify: Social media coverage of the Pope’s Mass on the border

This Storify summarizes Cronkite News reporters' coverage as well as other media outlets and crowdsourced photos, videos and posts.


Police and military prevalent day before Francis’ visit to Ciudad Juárez

CIUDAD JUÁREZ, Mexico — The amount of law enforcement present around Ciudad Juárez the day before Pope Francis arrives feels overwhelming, even to a local.


Alcohol sales shut down as Pope Francis approaches Ciudad Juárez

CIUDAD JUÁREZ, Mexico — Not everyone in Ciudad Juárez may be Catholic, but for the next few hours, everyone will have to make some peculiar accommodations.


Phoenix couple rejoices at opportunity to attend final Papal Mass in Mexico

CIUDAD JUÁREZ, MEXICO -- Pope Francis' final Mass in Mexico on Wednesday will be a watershed moment not just for this bruised city but for its native sons and daughters, including those who left but never stopped believing.


El Paso remains quiet in days leading up to papal Mass across the border

EL PASO, Texas -- While crowds across the border in Ciudad Juárez are almost too dense to navigate, the streets here remain quiet -- perhaps too quiet -- only hours before Pope Francis celebrates Mass.


As Pope nears Ciudad Juárez, workers race to finish Mass stage

CIUDAD JUÁREZ, Mexico — The sights and sounds at the stage for Pope Francis' Wednesday Mass on the border are an assortment of what comes with hurried construction.


Pope Francis’ visit to border is strategic, both for Latinos and the Vatican

EL PASO, Texas — On a crisp fall afternoon last September, Pope Francis stood at Independence Mall in Philadelphia and delivered a message that resonated among not just the faithful, but Hispanics especially.


Bill to restore health insurance for Arizona children moving forward in legislature

A bill that would restore health insurance for thousands of Arizona children is moving forward in the legislature. Nancy Robles is a part-time secretary and single mother who does not have health insurance for her 10-year old son and hopes the bill will pass.


All-Latina team from Camelback High School wins statewide app challenge

For too long, young women like Olivia Higuera and her classmates have been underrepresented in careers involving science, technology, engineering, and math.


Migrating muralists converge street art culture between Phoenix, LA

LOS ANGELES — When Los Angeles street art photographer Eriberto Oriol and his wife, Angelica Gonzalez-Oriol, traveled through Arizona, they’ve noticed a trend: Street art in Arizona feels more progressive and meaningful than much of the work they see in LA.

PHX mural photo

Sheriff Joe Arpaio: ‘I’d like to meet with the pope and I have no concern about going to Mexico’

Pope Francis’ first visit to Mexico is being marked as a symbolic occasion, with Francis visiting some of the areas struck hardest by the country’s drug violence and poverty.