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IMAGE: CNS photo/Jose Cabezas, Reuters By Melissa Vida VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Before the sun rose in Rome Oct. 14, 88-year-old Gaspar Romero and his brother, 93-year-old Tiberio Romero were at the head of the line of thousands of people waiting to get into St. Peter’s Square. The two were

IMAGE: CNS photo/Paul Haring By Melissa Vida and Junno Arocho Esteves ROME (CNS) — For many pilgrims from El Salvador and for many Catholics who focus on the tie between faith and justice, waiting for the canonization of St. Oscar Romero was an exercise in patience. The declaration of the

IMAGE: CNS photo/Paul Haring By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Carrying Pope Paul VI’s pastoral staff and wearing the blood-stained belt of Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador, Pope Francis formally recognized them, and five others, as saints of the Catholic Church. Thousands of pilgrims from the new saints’

IMAGE: CNS photo/Paul Haring By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Catholic Church must be a place of justice and mercy, and its members must be catalysts for change, some young observers said at the Synod of Bishops Oct. 11. “In order to teach justice and mercy to our

By Junno Arocho Esteves VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A new documentary about Blessed Oscar Romero, featuring a rare interview with him, revealed the martyred archbishop’s thoughts regarding accusations that he became too progressive. Salvadoran Cardinal Gregorio Rosa Chavez shared an excerpt of the interview with journalists during a briefing Oct.

By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The devil is more dangerous when he is polite and friendly, persuading people to be “lukewarm” and worldly, than when he shows his true face and blatantly pushes people to sin, Pope Francis said. The vocation or “nature of the devil is to

IMAGE: CNS photo/Paul Haring By VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl as archbishop of Washington but did not name a successor. When the pope’s decision was announced Oct. 12, the Archdiocese of Washington released a letter from Pope Francis to the

IMAGE: CNS photo/Tony Gentile, Reuters By Rhina Guidos WASHINGTON (CNS) — A few years ago, I asked a Salvadoran priest whether he believed Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, the best known of the martyrs of El Salvador, would ever be recognized by the Catholic Church as a saint. He didn’t hesitate

IMAGE: CNS photo/Lori Van Buren, Times Union By Kate Blain ALBANY, N.Y. (CNS) — Among the 20 people killed in a devastating limousine accident Oct. 6 in Schoharie were several victims who had connections to parishes, schools and Catholic organizations of the Albany Diocese. All 17 passengers in the limo

IMAGE: CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn By Carol Zimmermann WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. Supreme Court, no stranger to death penalty cases, is looking very narrowly at two aspects of capital punishment this term: if an inmate with dementia should be executed if he has no memory of the crime he committed