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Vatican revises norms for examining alleged miracles

VATICAN CITY—In an effort to ensure transparency as well as historical and scientific accuracy, Pope Francis has approved revised norms for the Congregation for Saints’ Causes regarding medical consultations on healings alleged to be miracles. Among the regulations published by the Vatican on Sept. 23 was the requirement that the medical panel have a quorum […]


Urban missionaries offer advice on how to reach homeless

DENVER, Colo.— It’s a common sight at a city intersection. A man or a woman holds a cardboard sign: “Homeless, Hungry. Please Give. Anything Helps.” Most motorists, stopped at the light and eager to move on, just ignore the person. But what should you do before the light changes? The Denver-based urban ministry Christ in the […]


Bishop Jugis calls all to pray for peace, justice in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—After two nights of violence in Charlotte, Bishop Peter J. Jugis called on men, women and children in the Diocese of Charlotte to join him in prayers for “peace and justice” for all victims of violence and for law enforcement personnel who have been victims of “unjust violence.” “Let us pray for all men […]


Sister Anthony Celine O’Leary, OSF, dies at 93

ASTON, Pa.—Franciscan Sister Anthony Celine O’Leary died in Assisi House on Sept. 2. She was 93. All services were held in Assisi House, the congregation’s retirement home, on Sept. 7. Burial was in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery. Sister Anthony Celine, formerly Sheila O’Leary, was born in Milford, County Cork, Ireland. She entered the congregation in […]


No war is holy, pope says at interreligious peace gathering

ASSISI, Italy—Violence in the name of God does not represent the true nature of religion and must be condemned by all faiths, Pope Francis said. “We never tire of repeating that the name of God cannot be used to justify violence. Peace alone, and not war, is holy!” the pope said Sept. 20 at the […]


Failure of ecumenism would imprison mercy, archbishop says

ASSISI, Italy—Churches that are not reconciled with one another weaken the experience of mercy that unites believers to God and with each other, Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury said. By not reconciling with one other, “our worship is diminished and our capacity to grow close together with God is reduced,” he said Sept. 20 […]


Pope: Best way to fight terrorism is to warmly welcome refugees

VATICAN CITY—Offering migrants and refugees truly helpful and loving hospitality is the greatest guarantee against terrorism, Pope Francis said. The current refugee and migration crisis, with more than 65 million people forcibly displaced from their homes, has become “the greatest humanitarian crisis after the Second World War,” he said. “At this place and time in […]


Pope highlights sanctity of life in Year of Mercy visits

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis donned a green hospital gown over his white cassock and entered the neonatal unit of a Rome hospital, peering in the incubators, making the sign of the cross and encouraging worried parents. The trip to the babies’ ward of Rome’s San Giovanni Hospital and then to a hospice Sept. 16 were part […]


Pope Francis calls murdered French priest ‘blessed’

Vatican City—On Wednesday Pope Francis said Father Jacques Hamel, who was killed by supporters of the Islamic State while celebrating Mass in July, “is blessed now,” according to Archbishop Dominique Lebrun of Rouen. The Archdiocese plans, without a doubt, to open a process of beatification for Father Hamel, said Archbishop Lebrun, according to Religious Information […]


Faith, high school coach play role in Paralympian’s journey to Rio

TRENTON, N.J.—When Brian Siemann came into the world, he did so with three sisters. When he was six days old, he was the only one of the quadruplets who lost a third of his blood, due to hospital negligence, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. It would have been easy to wilt under such […]


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