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Blessed John Paul played major role in fall of Soviet communism

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Catholics venerate Blessed John Paul II for his holiness, as demonstrated, among other ways, by his globetrotting evangelism and long-suffering endurance in the papacy despite his illness.

Jordan transfers desert patch into new refugee camp for Syrians

AZRAQ, Jordan (CNS) -- This desolate dusty patch of desert near Jordan's borders with Syria and Iraq is soon to be home to the latest victims of Syria's three-year civil war.

Philippine cardinal praises both sides in peace deal for ‘wisdom’

MANILA, Philippines (CNS) -- The Philippines' newest cardinal was among 1,000 guests who witnessed the peace agreement between the government and the country's largest Muslim rebel group.

Pope Francis, President Obama meet privately at Vatican

UPDATED -VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In their first encounter, Pope Francis received U.S. President Barack Obama at the Vatican March 27 for a discussion that touched on several areas of tension between the Catholic Church and the White House, including religious freedom and medical ethics.

Pope to politicians: Follow God’s love, reject self-serving corruption

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis warned government officials against abandoning the path of God's love and liberating salvation for the dead-end road of self-righteous corruption.

Short pontificate, long impact: Blessed John XXIII launched reforms

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Although he served as pope for less than five years, Blessed John XXIII left one of the most lasting legacies in the Catholic Church's history by convening the Second Vatican Council.

Blessed John XXIII: From humble beginnings to a lasting legacy

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Blessed John XXIII was the 260th successor of St. Peter, serving as pope from October 1958 to June 1963. He is best known for convening the Second Vatican Council.

Blessed John Paul brought moral force, intellect, flair to world stage

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Blessed John Paul II, who will be canonized April 27, was one of the most forceful moral leaders of the modern age.

Important dates in the life of Blessed John Paul II

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Here are some important dates in the life of Blessed John Paul II

Vatican accepts resignation of Germany’s ‘Bishop Bling’

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican has accepted the resignation of a German bishop who was at the center of controversy over expenditures for his residence and a diocesan center.