Sister Maria Ines Teresa Arias to be Beatified…

Sister Maria Ines Teresa Arias is one step closer to sainthood…

The Mexican nun, who founded the Congregation of Poor Clare Missionary Sisters, will be beatified at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, according to the Catholic Church.

Sister Maria Ines was born in Ixtlan del Rio in 1904 and dedicated her life to missionary work. Arias, who passed away in 1981 at the age of 77, now becomes the fourth Mexican woman to be beatified.

Those previously designated as “blessed” are Maria de Jesus Sacramentado (1868-1959), Maria Vicenta Chavez Orozco (1867-1949), founder of the Daughters of the Sacred Heart, and Maria Anastasia Guadalupe Garcia (1878-1963), who was beatified in April 2004.

The process of beatification will be led by Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints of the Roman Curia and papal nuncio in Mexico.

The late Pope John Paul II pronounced to be true the “miracle” attributed to Arias.

Beatification is a first step toward sainthood, though all of those beatified do not necessarily become saints.

Romo & Crawford Introduce Son Hawkins to the World

Call this the family’s “first photo”…

Following the birth of their son Hawkins on Monday night, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo joined his wife Candice Crawford and his newborn son—perfectly wrapped in the traditional hospital blanket and hat—for their first family snapshot.

Tony Romo & Family

The photo opportunity came some moments after Crawford delivered Hawkins, who weighed in at 8 lbs., 8 oz.

And, Hawkins has already been named “a part of the Dallas Cowboy family” by a spokesperson from the team.

The Dallas Morning News reports that on Wednesday morning, the new parents packed their bags and headed home from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano with their beautiful son.

Lima Pregnant with Second Child…

It looks like Adriana Lima’s runway days may be limited for the next few months…

The 30-year-old Brazilian model and her husband, former NBA player Marko Jaric, are expecting their second child. Lima and Jaric are already parents to two-year-old daughter Valentina.

Adriana Lima

Lima tells People that “the entire family is very excited, especially Valentina. She keeps blowing kisses to my belly and saying, ‘Kisses for the baby.’”

The couple wed on Valentine’s Day 2009 after meeting at a Los Angeles party in 2006.

Lima appeared in the annual Victoria’s Secret fashion show in November, and again in two separate Super Bowl ads this year. She has continued to model for the lingerie company, but tells People that motherhood is her favoritegig.

“The best job in the world for me is being a mom,” she says. “I never thought I could love so much. I always thought, does unconditional love exist? Now I know it does because I feel it.”

Perez Releases Book About His Relationship with Selena

Nearly 17 years after Selena’s death,  her widowed husband Chris Pérez  is opening up about his love for La Reina de la Musica Tejana.

The 42-year-old Mexican-American guitarist—who first met Selena as a teenager when he was hired as a guitarist for her band, Los Dinos—has released a book entitled Para Selena con Amor.

Chris Perez & Selena
Published simultaneously in Spanish and English, the book is a love story told from Pérez ’s point of view, “written in a way that expresses the dignity of the person I loved so much and who was my wife,” says Pérez .

“What I tell is the truth about what we felt as two young people in love, the way young people today feel about things as they walk around holding hands,” he said.

Selena—born on April 16, 1971, in Lake Jackson—was gunned down by Yolanda Saldivar, the president of her fan club, on March 31, 1995, in Corpus Christi.

Selena, With Love
“My book isn’t focused on the horror of her death – many years have passed and today I feel it is at last time to write about all we felt, things I simply couldn’t talk about or write about before,” said Pérez , who married Selena on April 2, 1992 in Nueces County, Texas, when she was 20, despite her father’s disapproval of their relationship.

Pérez—who went on to launch the Chris Pérez Band—and his band won a Grammy Award for Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album at the 2000 Grammy Awards for the band’s album Resurrection. In the album, Pérez dedicated the song, “Best I Can” to his deceased wife.

Lopez Attends Rio de Janiero’s Carnival Festivities…

La vida es un carnaval for Jennifer Lopez

The 42-year-old American Idol judge spent part of her weekend in Brazil for Rio de Janiero’s iconic Carnival festivities.

“Hello everyone! My first time here during carnival! #ILoveBrazil,” wrote Lopez on her Twitter account about her visit to the South American country.

Jennifer Lopez at Carnival

The singer/actress—joined by her boyfriend Casper Smart and manager Benny Medina—was spotted wearing a bright red shirt and jeans at the night’s festivities. She flashed a bright smile as she waved to the Carnival crowd from her private VIP seats, courtesy of Brazilian beer company Brahma at the Sambadrome, the central dance competition of the parade.

Rio de Janeiro's Carnival Festivities 2012

Lopez has been appearing in a Carnival-themed commercial in Brazil for the beer company the past few months. It features the Puerto Rican pop star effortlessly dancing the fast-paced Samba.

But Lopez wasn’t the only Latina singer in Brazil to enjoy Carnival…

Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie also turned up for the festivities wearing a yellow T-shirt and tiny denim shorts.

Fergie at Rio de Janeiro's Carnival Festivities 2012

The 36-year-old part-Mexican singer was hosted by Head and Shoulders and viewed the festivities from the same VIP location as Lopez.

Pitbull to Perform at NBA All-Star Game…

Mr. Worldwide is about to get his (all-star) game on…

Pitbull has signed on to perform at the NBA All-Star Game at the end of the month.

Pitbull on Glee

The 31-year-old Cuban American—who gave a high-octane performance In New York City’s Times Square on New Year’s Eve—will team up with Ne-Yo to perform their hit single “Give Me Everything” during the All-Star Game halftime show.

Pitbull will be following in the footsteps of Rihanna, Drake and Kanye West, who rocked the halftime show at last year’s NBA All-Star Game.

Before the big game, Nicki Minaj will perform a medley of her singles, including her brand new track “Starships” and her smash hit “Super Bass,” during the All-Star Game introductions.

Meanwhile, Mary J. Blige will perform the U.S. national anthem prior to the game, with pop group Neverest delivering the Canadian anthem.

Taking place in Orlando on February 26, the showdown between the NBA’s all-star teams will be broadcast on TNT.

Nadal Loses His Shirt in the New Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition

It isn’t uncommon to catch a shirtless Rafael Nadal on a tennis court… But, finding him sin camisa and pressed up against a supermodel is a whole other story!

The 25-year-old Spanish tennis star appears in the new Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition alongside Israeli model Bar Refaeli in an oh-so-steamy photo shoot.

Rafael Nadal & Bar Refaeli in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition

Nadal was captured embracing the model, who covers her bare breasts with her arms in some of the photos, while lying down with him the tennis icon. Meanwhile, Nadal wears nothing but swimming trunks and a wristwatch in about 10 of the photos.

Rafael Nadal & Bar Refaeli in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition

Refaeli said she was thrilled to have the chance to pose with Nadal in the Walter Iooss Jr.-directed photo shoot. And, she said in a video recorded by Sports Illustrated That Nadal could definitely be a great model, in addition to being a great tennis star.

“I was a little nervous, because normally when I work for Sports Illustrated it’s just me,” said the model, who during the intimate scenes reportedly joked around with Nadal.

The Spaniard, meantime, said that he had posed in a photo session in the past, but not one like this: “It was a new experience for me, I enjoyed it a lot.”

Vergara Named The World’s Most Desirable Woman

Move over Blake Lively! There’s a new most desirable woman in the world… And, her name’s Sofia Vergara.

Ask Men has conducted a round up of the “Top 99 Most Desirable Women of 2012,” with the 39-year-old Colombian bombshell—who ranked as one of the best dressed starlets at this years SAG Awards—taking the top spot after more than one million readers cast their votes.

Sofia Vergara

The men’s website says when it comes to Colombian imports, none are more in demand than Vergara—who ranked No. 3 on the 2011 list. Despite the Modern Family star’s obvious assets, says Ask Men, she’s one very funny woman.

Meanwhile, Selena Gomez storms the chart at No. 14. The 19-year-old half-Mexican actress/singer may be a former Disney Channel star, but she’s quickly become tween royalty, thanks to her high profile relationship with Justin Bieber. And, she’s a star in her own right with hit singles like “Hit the Lights” and roles like Gomez’s upcoming image-shattering part in a spring-break-themed film.

In all, this year’s list includes a large Latina contingent. Here’s a look at the Latinas making the final cut:

No. 1 Sofia Vergara
No 14 Selena Gomez
No. 19 Lea Michele
No. 24 Jessica Alba
No. 34 Jessica Gomes
No. 49 Penelope Cruz
No. 52 Jordana Brewster
No. 53 Gisele Bundchen
No. 54 Eva Mendes
No. 64 Leryn Franco
No. 66 Aubrey Plaza
No. 68 Arianny Celeste
No. 71 Adriana Lima
No. 83 Zoe Saldana
No. 84 Camilla Belle
No. 91 Alessandra Ambrosio
No. 93 Jennifer Lopez
No. 99 Paz de la Huerta

Click here to see’s complete list of hotties.

Aguilera Pays Tribute to the Late Etta James

Christina Aguilera has given a moving tribute to the late Etta James.

The 31-year-old half-Ecuadorian singer performed James’ classic song “At Last” at the R&B legend’s funeral in Gardena, California this weekend.

Christina Aguilera

“It isn’t every day that an artist can meet the person who inspired them and their career,” Aguilera told People magazine. “Not only did I have the incredible opportunity of meeting my idol, the legendary Ms. Etta James, but to be asked by her family to perform at her memorial was so very touching and yet bitter sweet.”

Aguilera delivered a full-throated rendition of the song, with very minimal accompaniment. And her vocal stylings drew appreciative cheers and whistles from funeral goers.

“I can only hope that she felt the love in the room as we all came together to pay tribute to her and celebrate her life as a person and as an artist,” said Aguilera. “She will be deeply missed and I thank her family for allowing me such a great honor.”

James’ funeral, the City of Refuge Church, was a star-studded affair. Along with Aguilera’s inspired performance, the funeral included an appearance by Stevie Wonder.

“Thank you Etta James for the inspiration–I love you,” Aguilera said at the end of her performance.