Anna Kolesarova (photo Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life)

'Faithful layperson' who lived simple life with family beatified

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KOSICE, Slovakia — With all of the press coverage in recent weeks ahead of the high-profile canonizations Oct. 14, namely of St. Paul VI and St. Oscar Romero, the beatification of a young Slovak laywoman seemed to slip under the radar. Anna …

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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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