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Pope: Holy Spirit, not human smarts, helps people see God’s loving plan

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Human smarts aren't enough to truly understand God's word and how he is working in people's lives, Pope Francis said.

Vatican lifts sanctions on Irish moral theologian

DUBLIN (CNS) -- An Irish priest who was forbidden to write by the Vatican because of his views on human sexuality has had the sanction lifted.

Pope says jealousy is devil’s work; Holy Spirit brings unity

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Beware of the devil, who wants a jealous, power-hungry and divided church, Pope Francis said.

Iraqis in Jordan go to the polls, hoping for stability at home

AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) -- A steady stream of Iraqi refugees, smiling and displaying purple index fingers, emerged from a polling station in the Hashemi Shamali district, where the majority of these urban refugees live in the Jordanian capital.

Growing up near Treblinka inspired priest’s Holocaust research

JERUSALEM (CNS) -- The Nazis' Treblinka concentration camp has always been a part of Father Pawel Rytel-Andrianik's life.

New saints’ feast days set for church calendar

St. John's feast day is Oct. 11, the anniversary of the day in 1962 that he opened the Second Vatican Council. St. John Paul's feast day is Oct. 22, the anniversary of the inauguration of his pontificate in 1978.

Pope Francis, with retired pope, canonizes SS. John and John Paul

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Canonizing two recent popes in the presence of his immediate predecessor, Pope Francis praised the new Saints John XXIII and John Paul II as men of courage and mercy, who responded to challenges of their time by modernizing the Catholic Church in fidelity to its ancient traditions.

Pope says he hopes new saints will inspire church to fulfill mission

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Just days before Pope Francis was set to canonize two of his predecessors, he expressed his hopes the two soon-to-be saints would continue to inspire the whole church in its mission.

Pope: Church, evangelizing are impossible without joy of knowing Christ

ROME (CNS) -- The Catholic Church cannot be built and the Christian faith cannot be spread without the contagious joy of knowing Christ, Pope Francis said.

African churches work to become more self-reliant for funding

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (CNS) -- Although the church in Africa still faces many challenges linked to poverty, it is becoming less dependent on funding from developed countries, say African church leaders.