Monthly Archives: April 2014

Papal reformers in Rome this week

VATICAN CITY — Three papally-appointed groups working on overhauls of the Roman Curia and specific issues of concern are meeting here this week. The Council of Cardinals (the so-called C-8, although Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, is pretty … Continue reading

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For collectors: Treasury of stamps, coins mark newest saints

It’s not just Vatican City commemorating the canonizations of Sts. John XXIII and John Paul II through postage stamps and coins. Post offices and treasuries around the world have taken steps to honor the Catholic Church’s newest saints. At least 11 countries … Continue reading

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Arkansas parish prepares to receive people left homeless by storms

The Arkansas Catholic reports that St. Joseph Parish in Conway, Ark., this afternoon was preparing to receive victims from Sunday evening’s tornadoes that claimed at least 18 lives and left hundreds homeless across the central part of the state. As … Continue reading

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Wish you were here? Come follow me…

VATICAN CITY — Don’t miss out on today’s canonizations. Stay tuned to the Vatican’s live feed and download the liturgical booklet.  Then of course follow us live tweeting @CatholicNewsSvc and check back every now and then on the blog. 9:45 … Continue reading

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Witnesses to unsung miracles bringing prayers, thanks to new pope-saints

VATICAN CITY — Two witnesses to some unsung miracles will be in Rome tomorrow for the canonizations of Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II. Pamela Pechanec from Topeka, Kansas, and Frances Mercado from Oceanside, California, have come to St. … Continue reading

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Footloose: Getting to Rome the old-fashioned way

VATICAN CITY — Sporting blisters and a pair of split sneakers, Francesco Locatelli finally made it to Rome on foot from his northern Italian hometown of Sotto Il Monte — the birthplace of Blessed John XXIII. The journey took him … Continue reading

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Of pilgrims and roses

VATICAN CITY — CNS’s senior Vatican photographer Paul Haring is hanging out in St. Peter’s Square. He came upon Polish-American pilgrims from Chicago, and workers from Italy’s Puglia region who are helping arrange the flowers for tomorrow’s Mass. But the … Continue reading

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