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COVID pandemic should raise questions about faith, pope says

By Cindy Wooden  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Besides the immediate considerations of trying to stay healthy, to mourn the dead and protect others, the coronavirus pandemic should be prompting Christians to reflect on their faith, Pope Francis … Continue reading

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Parishes are not ‘businesses’ that can be led by anyone, cardinal says

By Carol Glatz  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The recent Vatican instruction on pastoral care clarifies the responsibility of every member of the church community to work together in the shared mission of evangelization and warns against turning … Continue reading

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U.S. data group: China hacked computers of Vatican, other church entities

By Catholic News Service China has been accused of hacking Vatican computers as well as those in the Diocese of Hong Kong and other Catholic organizations in May. The hacking appears to be an attempt to gain an advantage in … Continue reading

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German bishops continue debate over Vatican document on parishes

Updated 7/30 By Catholic News Service BONN, Germany (CNS) — The Vatican instruction on the reform of Catholic parishes continues to stir debate in Germany, where some bishops say the current parish model with a priest in charge is no longer … Continue reading

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Caritas warns of rise in human trafficking amid pandemic

By Junno Arocho Esteves  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As governments and world leaders struggle to contain the coronavirus pandemic, they must also work harder to protect victims of human trafficking, said the Vatican-based international network of Catholic … Continue reading

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Saintly caution: Church’s reputation on the line when judging sanctity

By Junno Arocho Esteves  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In the Catholic Church, a person’s canonization is almost always preceded by decades of meticulous investigation into the minute details of the candidate’s life. Thousands of saints have been … Continue reading

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Show grandparents, the elderly you care, pope tells young people

Updated By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis called on young people to reach out to their grandparents or the elderly who may be lonely or on their own. “Do not leave them by themselves,” … Continue reading

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As Vatican-China agreement approaches two years, opinion still divided

By Michael Sainsbury  Catholic News Service VALLA BEACH, Australia (CNS) — China has announced that Bishop Paul Ma Cunguo of Shuozhou, a Vatican-recognized bishop, has joined the official state-run Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association. It is the third such concession made … Continue reading

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Pope thanks pilgrim with disability who walked along Spain’s ‘Camino’

By Junno Arocho Esteves  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis sent a letter of gratitude to a Spanish teen with an intellectual disability after the 15-year-old traveled more than 60 miles along the famed Camino de Santiago … Continue reading

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New Vatican Library website aims to serve scholars, entice curious

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican Library has revamped its website to serve scholars better and facilitate navigation for the curious. “Because of the pandemic, physical presence has become more difficult and, therefore, the … Continue reading

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