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John Paul I, ‘the smiling pope,’ to be beatified after miracle approved by Pope Francis

Pope John Paul I in an undated file photo. / Vatican Media/CNA.

Vatican City, Oct 13, 2021 / 04:41 am (CNA).

‘The smiling pope’ died unexpectedly after just 33 days in office.

Pope Francis encourages Catholics in Russia to witness to the Gospel

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Moscow. / Sergey Ilyin-Mikhalski via Wikimedia (public domain).

Vatican City, Oct 11, 2021 / 11:23 am (CNA).

As the Soviet Union was disintegrating 30 years ago, St. John Paul II appointed apostolic administrators for the pastoral care of Latin Rite Catholics based in Moscow and Siberia.

Pope Francis names master of ceremonies for Vatican papal liturgies

Msgr. Diego Ravelli in 2015/ / Bohumil Petrik/CNA

Vatican City, Oct 11, 2021 / 05:16 am (CNA).

Msgr. Diego Ravelli was also named head of the pope’s Sistine Chapel Choir.

How to pray the rosary more deeply

Missionary of Charity sister prays the rosary. / Daniel Ibanez

Vatican City, Oct 10, 2021 / 09:04 am (CNA).

It is interesting that in her appearances at Lourdes, Fatima and other locations, the Mother of God repeatedly recommends praying the Rosary.

Pope Francis greets Colombian nun freed 4 years after kidnapping by Islamists in Mali

Pope Francis greets the recently freed Sr. Gloria Cecilia Narváez Argoti at the Vatican, Oct. 10, 2021. / Vatican Media.

Vatican City, Oct 10, 2021 / 07:40 am (CNA).

Sr. Gloria Cecilia Narváez Argoti was kidnapped in 2017.

Pope Francis at the Angelus: ‘Is your faith tired and do you want to reinvigorate it?’

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address at the Vatican, Oct. 10, 2021. / Vatican Media.

Vatican City, Oct 10, 2021 / 06:20 am (CNA).

The pope outlined a three-step process for personal renewal.

Pope Francis launches 2-year synodal path with call to ‘encounter, listen, and discern’

Pope Francis celebrates a Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica opening the worldwide synodal path, Oct. 10, 2021. / Screenshot from Vatican News YouTube channel.

Vatican City, Oct 10, 2021 / 04:00 am (CNA).

The diocesan phase will last from October 2021 to April 2022.

Pope Francis and Nancy Pelosi meet at the Vatican

Pope Francis meets with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the Vatican, Oct. 9, 2021 / Vatican Media.

Vatican City, Oct 9, 2021 / 05:20 am (CNA).

The House Speaker was in Rome for the G20 Parliamentary Speakers’ Summit.

Pope Francis: Path to 2023 synod on synodality faces 3 ‘risks’

Pope Francis takes part in a moment of reflection for the opening of the synodal path at the Vatican’s New Synod Hall, Oct. 9, 2021. / Screenshot from Vatican News YouTube channel.

Vatican City, Oct 9, 2021 / 03:45 am (CNA).

The two-year process leading to the synod formally opens this weekend.

Nancy Pelosi discusses environment, migration, and human rights at Vatican

Nancy Pelosi in the Vatican with Cardinal Turkson / Twitter @VaticanIHD / Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development Prefect

Vatican City, Oct 8, 2021 / 11:30 am (CNA).

The House Speaker met with leaders of the Vatican’s social development office.