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Pope beatifies Blessed Paul VI, the 'great helmsman' of Vatican II

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Beatifying Blessed Paul VI at the concluding Mass of the Synod of Bishops on the family, Pope Francis praised the late pope as the "great helmsman" of the Second Vatican Council and founder of the synod, as well as a "humble and prophetic witness of love for Christ and his church."


Life of newly beatified New Jersey sister called 'recipe for holiness'

NEWARK, N.J. (CNS) -- More than 2,200 people packed the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark Oct. 4 to celebrate the first beatification liturgy in the United States.


Pope recalls another key anniversary in his life: his first Communion

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Unable to resist telling the world about a personal event that is dear to his heart, Pope Francis said that 70 years ago to the day, he celebrated his first Communion.


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