FAITH/STORIES

VATICAN CITY -- With the COVID-19 pandemic still underway and with restrictions on gatherings still in place in some countries, the Vatican has again extended the period of time when people can earn a plenary indulgence for visiting a cemetery and praying for the souls of the faithful in purgatory.

VATICAN CITY -- A Vatican conference will gather both Christian and non-Christian historians and experts to delve deep into the history of the church in the first centuries of Christianity.

VANCOUVER -- Sr. Hae-Jin Lim is quick to say her vocation story is about God’s faithfulness, not her own.

Martyrs of Spanish civil war beatified

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CÓRDOBA, Spain -- More than 100 victims of Spain’s 1936-1939 civil war moved a step closer to sainthood after being beatified as martyrs for the faith. They included two teenage boys as well as an 88-year-old nun who died of bullet wounds after being tied to a window as a human shield.

Prominent Anglican bishop received into Catholic Church

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MANCHESTER, England -- A prominent Anglican bishop has joined the Catholic Church and will be ordained as a priest at the end of October.

Pope Francis appoints new master of papal liturgical ceremonies

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VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis named Msgr. Diego Giovanni Ravelli, who has served as an official of the papal almoner's office since 2013, as the new master of papal liturgical ceremonies, the Vatican said.

October 12, 2021

Faith is not a transactional relationship with God, Pope Francis says at Angelus

VATICAN CITY -- People should ask themselves whether their faith has become a "commercial relationship" with God or if it is a relationship built on freedom, love and generosity, Pope Francis said.

Pope Francis will not attend climate summit in Glasgow

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VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis will not be going to the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, as he had hoped.

Citing lack of evidence, Vatican court clears two priests in sex abuse case

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VATICAN CITY -- A Vatican court cleared two priests involved in a controversial sex abuse case at a minor seminary once located at the Vatican.

At embezzlement trial, lawyers 'surprised' by Vatican prosecution's request

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VATICAN CITY -- A request by Vatican prosecutors to withdraw testimony in a megatrial regarding financial malfeasance prompted defense lawyers to call for the case to be thrown out.

Pope Francis prays for victims of abuse in France

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VATICAN CITY -- The Catholic Church's inability to make victims of abuse their top concern is a cause for intense shame, Pope Francis said.

Three Swiss Guards quit over vaccine mandate

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VATICAN CITY -- Three members of the Pontifical Swiss Guard have hung up their halberds rather than be vaccinated against COVID-19, and three others were temporarily suspended in early October as they were completing the vaccination cycle, the spokesman for the guards told a Swiss newspaper.

Vatican to require vaccination proof or negative COVID-19 test

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VATICAN CITY -- Visitors, tourists and employees who want to enter Vatican territory will be required beginning Oct. 1 to show proof of vaccination, recovery from the coronavirus or a negative COVID-19 test.