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Pope approves canonizations, but no date set because of pandemic

The sainthood causes of seven men and women -- including the hermit Blessed Charles de Foucauld and the Indian martyr Devasahayam Pillai -- cleared their final hurdle May 3.

Venezuela’s ‘doctor of the poor’ beatified in austere ceremony

Blessed José Gregorio Hernández led a pious life marked by science, faith and public service in Caracas, where he treated patients during the Spanish flu pandemic.

Cardinal Burke, seven others rise in rank in College of Cardinals

Eight cardinals -- including U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke -- moved from the rank of cardinal deacons to cardinal priests. Their seniority determines their place in processions and seating arrangements.

In times of trouble, church turns to prayer with Mary, theologian says

The global Catholic Church coming together in May to pray for an end to the coronavirus pandemic shows how people find solace and strength with Mary, said an expert in Mariology.

Under pope’s new laws, cardinals and bishops can face trial

The new measure ensures the Vatican judicial system conforms to the principle that "among all the faithful there is true equality in dignity and in action," Pope Francis said.

Irish government to lift ban on Mass attendance May 10

Public worship has been banned since Dec. 26 amid increased cases of COVID-19, and it had become a criminal offense for a priest to plan a public Mass or a Catholic to leave home to participate in Mass.

Ukrainian bishop says Russian troops instilling fear in border regions

A Catholic bishop from eastern Ukraine said tensions and fears of invasion remain high. Meanwhile the head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church called on Ukrainians abroad to be "witnesses to truth" about the seven-year conflict.

Pope puts $48 limit on gifts Vatican officials can accept

The cap on personal gifts is part of new laws by Pope Francis intended to prevent corruption. Other provisions include requiring Vatican officials and employees to declare they are not suspected of committing crimes such as money laundering or exploitation of minors.

Ecuadorian bishops dismiss ‘rumors’ after resignation of bishop, coadjutor

The bishop of a diocese in Ecuador resigned at age 75 as required, and his successor resigned "for personal reasons," said the bishop's conference of the country in response to the accusations and "ideological prejudices" of a Spanish lay missionary.

Priests arrested after bishop-designate shot in South Sudan

Three local priests are accused of shooting of an Italian missionary set to be the Rumbek Diocese's next bishop. In recovery, he asked for prayers for Rumbek's people "who are suffering more than me."