Vatican workers open tombs

Vatican discovers empty tombs as it searches for missing woman

Opening the Vatican tombs of a princess and a duchess July 11 in a search for the remains of a young Italian woman missing for more than 30 years, the Vatican found no human remains at all. “The search had a negative result,” said Alessandro Gisotti, interim director of the Vatican press office. “No human...
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Pope names women as full members of congregation for religious

Previously, all members of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life had been men.
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Secrecy of confession must never be violated, Vatican says

Pope Francis ordered the publication of a document affirming the absolute secrecy of everything said in confession and calling on priests to defend it at all costs, even at the cost of their lives.
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Gender ideology is opposed to faith, reason, Vatican office says

Catholic schools must help parents teach young people that biological sex and gender are naturally fixed at birth and part of God's plan for creation, said the Congregation for Catholic Education.
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Official looks at meaning, role of ‘metropolitan archbishop’

At their June meeting, members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops are scheduled to discuss specifics for implementing a "metropolitan model" of holding bishops accountable.
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Former secretary says officials knew McCarrick’s ministry was restricted

Pope Benedict XVI had imposed restrictions on the public ministry of former Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick in 2008, but they were not formal sanctions and were not followed strictly, even during the papacy of Pope Benedict himself, McCarrick's former secretary said.
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Prenatal diagnosis of illness is no excuse for abortion, pope says

"Abortion is never the answer" to couples seeking a way to deal with a prenatal diagnosis of serious illness or disability, Pope Francis said.
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Cardinal ‘Fix It’: Almoner’s job is to model direct charity

The office of papal almoner has existed since early in the 13th century. While the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and Caritas Internationalis, along with its national partners, are responsible for large-scale development, relief and advocacy projects, the almoner's office is focused on person-to-person charity.
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Not ruling on apparitions, pope allows pilgrimages to Medjugorje

Parishes and dioceses are now allowed to organize official pilgrimages to Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina, but it must be clear that the Catholic Church has not recognized as authentic the alleged Marian apparitions there.
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Pope says study on women deacons was inconclusive

The commission Pope Francis appointed to study the history and identity of women deacons did not reach a unanimous conclusion about whether deaconesses in the early church were "ordained" or formally "blessed," the pope said.
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Pope Francis called Jean Vanier to thank him before his death

Pope Francis told reporters May 7 he had been kept informed about Jean Vanier's failing health and had phoned him a week before his death.
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Pope draws lessons from Mother Teresa in city of her birth

Pope Francis went to the tiny Balkan nation of North Macedonia to pay tribute to a tiny saint who accomplished big things: St. Teresa of Kolkata.
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