A book and hand sanitiser are at the entrance of San Polo church in Brescia, Italy, on July 9. Photo: CNS/Reuters
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Italy goes back to church post-lockdown

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VATICAN (CNS): As governments and world leaders struggle to contain the Covid-19 coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic, they must also work harder Read more

In the same storm but not all in same boat
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The Marian shrine of Fatima in central Portugal. Photo: CNS/Reuters
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Hagia Sophia
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Plans afoot to turn Hagia Sophia into a mosque again

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Italy goes back to church post-lockdown
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VATICAN (CNS): Bishops will need to help their communities participate more in parish life and return to taking part in Read more

Italian bishops lead prayers near Covid-19 epicentre

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Chinese diocese donates masks to Italy and Vatican
Workers making deliveries for a bank in Rome on March 10. Photo: CNS

HONG KONG (UCAN): The Diocese of Xi’an in China’s Shaanxi province, donated 24,000 disposable medical masks to the Vatican and Read more

Public Masses suspended and as Italy goes into coronavirus lockdown
Pope Francis on a video monitor overlooking St. Peter’s Square as he leads the Angelus from the library in the Apostolic Palace on March. Photo: CNS

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Nurses in protective masks stand in front of a statue of St. John Paul II in Wadowice, Poland, on May 18, during a ceremony to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the late pope's birth. Photo: CNS/Agencja Gazeta via Reuters
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Poland marks centenary of Pope St. John Paul’s birth

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VATICAN (CNS): Pope Francis marked the 100th birthday of Pope St. John Paul II by celebrating morning Mass at his Read more

Remembering Pope St. John Paul the world’s conscience
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22 October 1978: the Pontificate of John Paul II begins


Ut Unum Sint at 25: Learning to recognise and welcome others’ gifts
Pope John Paul II and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople embrace on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica following three days of private meetings in 1995. File photo: CNS/L’Osservatore Romano

VATICAN (CNS): Twenty-five years ago, Pope St. John Paul II’s encyclical on ecumenism, Ut Unum Sint (that they may be Read more

Soviet prisoners of conscience asked Pope St. John Paul II for help
Pope St. John Paul II greets throngs of Poles waiting for a glimpse of their native son at the monastery of Jasna Gora in Czestochowa during his 1979 trip to Poland. Photo: CNS

WARSAW (CNS): Soviet political prisoners from various backgrounds begged Pope St. John Paul II’s help in secret messages after his Read more