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  • Pope plans to canonize St. Therese's parents during family synod

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis is expected to canonize Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, during the world Synod of Bishops on the family in October.

    Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes, leading a conference Feb. ...

    Blessed Louis and Marie Zelie Guerin Martin, the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, are pictured in a combination photo created from images provided b
  • Vatican security always on high alert, chief says after IS threats

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The head of Vatican security said Islamic State militants have threatened the Vatican, but there are no indications of any planned attack.

    The Vatican gendarmes, Swiss Guards and the Italian state police that patrol the perimeter of Vatican City State are always on ...

    Domenico Giani, commander of the Vatican police force, keeps watch as Pope Francis arrives to celebrate Mass in Manila, Philippines.
  • Shroud shows what pain Jesus endured, says speaker

    PITTSBURGH (CNS) -- Donald Nohs, who is an expert on the Shroud of Turin, widely believed to be the burial cloth of Jesus, talked to a Pittsburgh audience about the evidence of authenticity for the shroud.

    Jesus' passion, Nohs noted, was much more than a physical ...

    Donald Nohs, an expert on the Shroud of Turin, points to distinguishing marks on a negative image of the shroud.
  • Homeless man of deep faith given funeral, burial in Vatican City

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A homeless man who faithfully attended Mass at a church inside Vatican City for decades was buried in a Vatican cemetery after it was discovered he had died and was left unidentified in a hospital morgue.

    Willy Herteleer was well-known by the Swiss ...

    A homeless person sleeps outside the Vatican press office near St. Peter's Square.
  • Father Theodore Hesburgh, education leader, dies at 97

    NOTRE DAME, Ind. (CNS) -- Holy Cross Father Theodore M. Hesburgh, who led the University of Notre Dame through a period of dramatic growth during his 35 years as president and held sway with political and civil rights leaders, died Feb. 26 at the age of ...

    Father Theodore Hesburgh
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