Pope marks anniversary of 'Laudato Si'' with call to prayer, action

VATICAN CITY -- Commemorating the fifth anniversary of his encyclical on the environment, Pope Francis called on Christians to join in prayer and acts of care for the Earth and for the poor.

    Year-long program created for encyclical

    VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican announced that it will commemorate the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment with a year-long series of initiatives dedicated to the safeguarding and care for the Earth.

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      Vatican distributes notes on cleaning, protecting church objects

      VATICAN CITY -- To help prevent damaging artistic and historically significant objects, the Pontifical Council for Culture released suggestions for cleaning and disinfecting church buildings, furnishings and sacred objects.

        Investigators: No evidence St. John Paul covered up abuse

        ROME -- The postulator and the commission involved in investigating the life of Pope John Paul II for sainthood cause found no evidence that the pope knowingly neglected or covered up abuse scandals, the postulator said.

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          Pope Benedict: St. John Paul's life marked by mercy, not moral rigidity

          VATICAN CITY -- The continuity between St. John Paul II and Pope Francis is rooted in the message of God's divine mercy for all men and women, retired Pope Benedict XVI said in a letter commemorating his predecessor's birth.

            Pontifical universities planning to reopen in the fall

            VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education has asked pontifical universities and faculties to plan to reopen in the fall and teach with students present.

              Pope Francis to nurses, midwives: 'Thank you for your service to humanity'

              VATICAN CITY -- The coronavirus pandemic has drawn well-deserved attention to nurses and midwives, who are among "the saints next door," dedicated to helping people in some of the most joyful or painful moments of their lives, Pope Francis said.

              • By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

                Papal academy fosters ethics, multidisciplinary alliances in AI debate

                VATICAN CITY -- Given the huge impact technology and artificial intelligence will have on humanity and the environment, the Pontifical Academy for Life is seeking to foster more ethical and moral reflection.

                  The spiritual frontline amid pandemic

                  On a cold afternoon in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, I took my shopping trolley to go for some groceries. 

                    Pope Francis makes promotions within the College of Cardinals

                    VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis has expanded the ranks of the top members of the College of Cardinals, naming as "cardinal bishops" Cardinal Beniamino Stella, prefect of the Congregation for Clergy, and Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

                    • By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

                      Case closed: Vatican says bones are not those of missing woman

                      VATICAN CITY -- Because all of the human bones found in a Vatican cemetery last summer were at least 100 years old, the Vatican City State court officially closed its investigation into the possibility that some of the remains belonged to a teenage woman missing for more than 30 years.

                      • By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service