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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.

Meeting with Philadelphians, Pope Francis urges prayers for world’s clergy

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The world's bishops, priests and deacons need people's prayers and encouragement to continually deepen their relationship with Jesus and serve their community with love, Pope Francis said during his weekly audience March 26. He also met with a delegation from Pennsylvania to discuss the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia next year.

Priest: Ukrainian Catholics flee Crimea to escape threats of arrest

OXFORD, England (CNS) -- Members of the Ukrainian Catholic Church are fleeing Crimea to escape threats of arrest and property seizures, a priest told Catholic News Service just four days after Russia finalized the region's annexation.

Archbishop Chaput’s remarks from Vatican press conference

Following are the full remarks of Archbishop Charles Chaput and of Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, during a press conference March 25 at the Holy See Press Office at the Vatican. The archbishops spoke about the planning efforts for the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.

Britain bans burning of fetuses to heat hospitals

MANCHESTER, England (CNS) -- The British government has imposed an immediate ban on the incineration of miscarried and aborted babies after journalists found cases of hospitals burning fetuses to generate heat.

Abuse survivor says new Vatican commission must achieve real change

DUBLIN (CNS) -- The lone clerical abuse survivor nominated by Pope Francis to sit on the new Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors said the commission needs to achieve concrete change in order to "show other survivors that the church is going to get it right."