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Four laypeople advance in cause for canonization

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By Elena Dini ROME — Pope Francis recognized the "heroic virtues" of four laypeople July 5, thus advancing their sainthood causes. Italian politician Giorgio La Pira (1904-1977) was born in Pozzallo, Sicily. Having witnessed two …
Layman named to lead Vatican dicastery

Layman named to lead Vatican dicastery

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By Elena Dini  ROME — For the first time in church history, a layman has been appointed to head a Vatican dicastery. Pope Francis named veteran Italian journalist Paolo Ruffini prefect of the Dicastery of Communications. The appointment was …

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