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Why the church law forbids violating the seal of confession

VATICAN CITY — The seal of confession is so important and sacred that a priest would be automatically excommunicated under canon law for directly...

After investigation, Pope Francis accepts resignation of Bishop Pineda

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- After an investigation into alleged irregularities in the Archdiocese of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of 57-year-old Auxiliary...

Dark to light: Buried under scaffolding, Holy Stairs set for resurrection

VATICAN CITY -- With large sheets of plain plywood blocking public access to the Holy Stairs, one woman lovingly touched a large color photograph...

Pope Francis joins funeral services for Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis attended the funeral Mass and presided over the final commendation of Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the French cardinal who led...

Vatican conference to focus on helping to find uses for decommissioned...

VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican is helping organize an international conference meant to help dioceses work with their local communities in finding appropriate uses...

State of Earth tomorrow depends on action today, pope tells activists

VATICAN CITY — While everyone has a role and responsibility to help safeguard the planet, all governments must uphold commitments agreed upon in the...

New papal appointments reflect pope’s wish for transparency

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis appointed Bishop Nunzio Galantino, 69, as president of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Holy See, which handles...

Reducing climate change, preserving Earth averts danger, says Pope Francis

Editors: A video accompanying this story can be found at https://youtu.be/g8QJNJu9Rrw VATICAN CITY -- While everyone has a role and responsibility to help safeguard the...

Pope at pallium Mass: Jesus wants disciples unafraid to aid others

VATICAN CITY -- God wants his disciples to bring his mercy and love to everyone, everywhere on earth, which means it may cost them...

Credible leadership serves others, pope tells cardinals at consistory

VATICAN CITY -- Defending the weak or hopeless and becoming a servant to those most in need is the best promotion one can ever...

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