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Fatima and the Miracle of the ‘Son’

The “Miracle of the Sun,” witnessed by thousands of Portuguese pilgrims Oct. 13, 1917, at Fatima, capped an amazing six months in which the Blessed Mother appeared to three simple shepherd children and imparted her wisdom that would draw the...

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Cardinal Sarah Confirms Vatican Retains Last Word on Translations

VATICAN — Cardinal Robert Sarah has weighed in on Magnum Principium, Pope Francis’ motu proprio on liturgical translations, reassuring the faithful that the Vatican will continue to safeguard any changes or new liturgical translations to ensure...

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Pope’s Death Penalty Remarks Signal a New Approach to Development of Doctrine

VATICAN CITY — On Wednesday, Pope Francis told a gathering in Rome that the Catechism of the Catholic Church should significantly revise its treatment of the death penalty. It's no surprise that Francis proposed a stronger theological...

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Charles M. Mully, Kenyan Entrepreneur Who Became a Father to Over 12,000

The first half of Charles M. Mully’s life is a rags-to-riches story so dramatic that Horatio Alger wouldn’t have dared to write it even in America, let alone Kenya, where Mully went from homeless street boy to millionaire entrepreneur. The...

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Prayers for California Amid Wildfires

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — While firefighters in northern California are currently battling 17 wildfires in five counties, Bishop Robert Vasa of the Diocese of Santa Rosa, one of the hardest hit areas, is typing updates and messages of support from his...

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Catholic Family Goes Back to Nature: Harvesting God’s Good Earth — and Faith

Converting to Catholicism was a major life change for Jesse Straight and his wife, Liz, but not in ways they could have anticipated. The couple and family now live on the 80-acre Whiffletree Farm in Warrenton, Virginia, and they use farming to...

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Pope Francis: ‘Death Penalty Is Inhumane Measure That Humiliates Human Dignity’

VATICAN CITY — In an Oct. 11 speech to members of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, Francis said the topic of the death penalty should have “a more adequate and coherent space” in the Catechism of the Catholic...

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HHS Relief for Religious Nonprofits Finally in Sight

WASHINGTON — After six years of legal fights that included hundreds of lawsuits and five trips to the U.S. Supreme Court, a positive conclusion is finally in sight for the religious nonprofits and private employers with moral objections to...

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Capuchin Priest Who Ministered Under Soviet Rule Moves Closer to Sainthood

VATICAN CITY — On Monday, Pope Francis advanced nine causes for sainthood, including a Capuchin priest who ministered underground across the Soviet Union for nearly 40 years. Father Serafin Kaszuba was born June 17, 1910, in Zamarstynów, near...

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Remembering ‘the Strength of Goodness’ of Pope St. John XXIII

VATICAN CITY — The life of Pope St. John XXIII shows the saint’s deep spiritual nature, as well as his great kindness toward others, said a cardinal who knew him well. “If in John Paul II the key phrase is ‘courage of the faith,’ in John XXIII...