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Original research team member says science still can’t explain Shroud

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Even with modern scientific technology, the Shroud of Turin continues to baffle researchers. Barrie Schwortz was the documenting photographer for the Shroud of Turin research project in 1978, an in-depth examination of what many people believe to be the burial cloth of Jesus.

Church is driven by Holy Spirit, not officials or militants, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The church is driven by the Holy Spirit and God’s love, not by bureaucrats or militants, Pope Francis said in his morning homily. He also warned against letting the church’s mission get lost in a tangle of bureaucracy, saying the church administration is necessary only so long as it supports the […]

Colombia’s first saint spent years working with indigenous people

Mother Montoya, who died in 1949 after a career spent working with poor indigenous Colombians in difficult circumstances, will be canonized May 12 and will become the first Colombian saint.

Prepare for Last Judgment by serving the poor, pope says at audience

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christians believe they are saved by God’s grace, but they also know they will be judged at the end of time on how they used the talents God gave them and how they served others, especially the poor, Pope Francis said. “Today belief in Jesus’ return and in the last judgment […]

Pope offers prayers for Orthodox archbishops kidnapped, freed in Syria

UPDATED — VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Acknowledging “conflicting reports” about two Orthodox archbishops kidnapped in Syria, Pope Francis prayed for them and for an end to the war in their country. Speaking at the end of his general audience April 24, the pope offered special prayers for Syriac Orthodox Metropolitan Gregorios Yohanna of Aleppo and […]

Bishop hopeful new Venezuelan leader will continue to seek closer ties

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A Venezuelan bishop said he hoped efforts to improve relations between the country's Catholic Church and the socialist government will continue under newly elected President Nicolas Maduro. High-level meetings between the Venezuelan bishops' conference and the government, including Maduro, began last May in an effort "to foster a climate of peace" and to "reflect the dignity and independence of each institution," Bishop Jose Azuaje Ayala of El Vigia-San Carlos del Zulia, Venezuela, told Catholic News Service April 22 during a visit to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Italian media report progress in Blessed John Paul’s sainthood cause

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A Vatican-convoked commission of doctors concluded a healing attributed to Blessed John Paul II had no natural explanation, according to Italian news reports. Eventual papal approval of the alleged miracle would clear the way for the canonization of the pope, who died April 2, 2005, and was beatified May 1, 2011.

Catholic members of royal couples won’t have to raise kids Catholics

LONDON (CNS) — Church leaders have told the British government that members of the royal family who marry Catholics under recently passed legislation will not be obliged to bring up their children in the Catholic faith. Lord Wallace of Tankerness, speaking on behalf of the government, said he had been assured personally by Msgr. Marcus […]

One cannot follow Jesus, love Jesus without the church, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Following Jesus means belonging to the church, the community that gives Christians their identity, Pope Francis said. “It is not possible to find Jesus outside the church,” he said in his Mass homily April 23. “The great Paul VI said it is ‘an absurd dichotomy’ to want to live with Jesus […]

Vatican official says Archbishop Romero’s sainthood cause ‘unblocked’

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family and the official promoter of the sainthood cause of the late Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador, said the process to beatify and eventually canonize the slain Salvadoran archbishop has been unblocked.