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

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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

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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

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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.

Pope approves second miracle for Fatima witnesses Francisco, Jacinta Marto

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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.

Vatican maze: Retracing the path of sex abuse accountability proposals

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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 Francis gives life to married priests debate

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Pope Francis’ apparent openness to a discussion about ordaining married men to serve as priests in remote communities has heartened and encouraged at least one Canadian bishop.

Shady business deals that threaten employment a 'grave sin,' Pope says

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VATICAN CITY – Employers who make business deals that threaten people's livelihood commit a sin that robs men, women and their families of their dignity, Pope Francis said.

New planets raise old questions

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For millennia, people have gazed into the night sky and wondered, “Are we alone?”

Hear no evil: How culture of resistance may hinder child protection

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VATICAN CITY – When a child-protection advocate resigned from a papal advisory board in early March, she did so because of growing frustration with persistent resistance and a "toxic" sense of superiority from some in the Roman Curia.

Musicians, pastors voice concerns about current state of sacred music

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ROME, Italy – Hundreds of musicians and pastors from around the world have signed a document urging parishes and publishers should take care to develop the Church’s rich musical traditions, not discard them.