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Pope Francis: To pray, begin with humility

VATICAN CITY – Learning to pray well is a continual process, but should always start from a place of humility, as Jesus demonstrated in the Gospels, Pope Francis said Wednesday.

American sculptor humbled to bring sand Nativity to Vatican

VATICAN CITY – Growing up next door to Daytona Beach in Florida, Rich Varano spent a lot of time making things out of sand with his dad. He never imagined it could turn into his full-time gig — but 30 years later, he cannot imagine doing anything else.

Astronomers recommend renaming Hubble’s law to honor Belgian priest

PARIS – The International Astronomical Union has voted in favor of a recommendation to rename the Hubble law the Hubble-Lemaître law, to acknowledge the contributions of the Belgian priest and astronomer Georges Lemaître to the scientific theory of the expansion of the universe.

Youth synod final report released, addresses gender, sexuality

VATICAN CITY – The final report of the fifteenth general session of the Synod of Bishops, held on the topics of young people, faith and vocational discernment, was released Saturday. The document says the church must find new ways of presenting its teaching on sexuality and continue to “accompany” and…

Pope laicizes two Chilean bishops for sexual abuse of minors

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis has officially expelled two Chilean bishops from the clerical state. Both men were accused of sexual abuse of minors. The decision was issued without the possibility to appeal, the Vatican announced on Saturday.