Key job of Vatican communications department: make way for the Gospel

VATICAN CITY – As the Vatican Secretariat for Communication works to unify Vatican media efforts, a key pastoral concern is to keep open all the channels that allow Pope Francis to speak to the world.

Upcoming Shroud of Turin exhibit in Ottawa is a labour of love

OTTAWA – When Janice O’Dacre’s parish priest asked last October if she and her husband Allan would chair a team organizing the Man of the Shroud exhibit at their parish April 4-11, she hesitated.

No date yet for Blessed Romero canonization, archbishop says

ROME – While documentation regarding an alleged miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Oscar Romero is being studied at the Vatican, there is no date scheduled for his canonization, the archbishop of San Salvador, El Salvador, said.

Cardinal O'Malley: There’s no excuse for not implementing sex abuse safeguards

ROME – There is absolutely no excuse for not implementing concrete measures to protect minors and vulnerable adults from sexual abuse, said Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley of Boston.

Pope approves second miracle for Fatima witnesses Francisco, Jacinta Marto

VATICAN CITY – On Thursday Pope Francis approved the second and final miracle needed to canonize Blessed Francisco and Jacinta Marto, two of the shepherd children who witnessed the Fatima Marian apparitions.

Church more than a flash-mob experience, says Pope in WYD 2017 message

VATICAN CITY – Young men and women can live a true experience of the church by joining together and reconnecting with the past, Pope Francis told Catholic young people.

Good Friday Collection to benefit Holy Land Christians

VATICAN CITY – As Christians in the Middle East continue to suffer innumerable hardships this Lenten season, the Vatican has announced that this year’s Good Friday Collection will benefit Christian communities in the Holy Land.

Vatican maze: Retracing the path of sex abuse accountability proposals

VATICAN CITY – Recent exchanges in the media between the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and a former member of a papal advisory commission have highlighted a lack of clarity and transparency when it comes to finding better ways to make bishops and religious superiors more accountable for how they handle allegations of sexual abuse.

Pope presides over Lenten penance service at Vatican

VATICAN CITY – A few hours after urging priests to be generously available for the sacrament of penance, Pope Francis went to confession, then offered the sacrament to seven Catholics.

Priests and marriage: Pope's response not so new after all

VATICAN CITY – While Pope Francis' recent comments on the subject of married priests made headlines around the world, his response falls clearly in line with the thinking of his predecessors.