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National / International News

Relics of St. Padre Pio, St. Leopold arrive in Rome for jubilee

ROME (CNS) — Thousands of people waited hours outside a Rome church to catch a glimpse of the mortal remains of St. Padre Pio and St. Leopold Mandic, two Capuchins popular as miracle workers and known particularly for the long hours they would spend hearing confessions.

God wants to save you; will you let Him? pope asks

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — God doesn't want to condemn anyone; He wants to save every person in the entire world, Pope Francis said. "The problem is letting Him enter one's heart" to transform one's life, the pope said during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square Feb. 3.

Vocations crisis needs prayer, not despair or lax admissions, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Respond to the crisis of vocations with intensified prayer, not despair or a lax admissions process, Pope Francis told women and men religious. The pontiff said he is tempted to lose hope, too, asking God, "What is happening? Why is the womb of consecrated life sterile?"