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Actor Shia LaBeouf, who portrays St. Pio of Pietrelcina, and Brother Alexander Rodriguez, who is a Capuchin Franciscan, appear in the new drama "Padre Pio," which premiered at last year's Venice Film Festival and will be released in U.S. theaters and on demand June 2, 2023. (OSV News photo/Gravitas Ventures)

LaBeouf: ‘I Fell In Love with Christ’ to Portray Padre Pio

A film making its U.S. debut recounts the life of a beloved 20th-century saint — and the movie’s star told OSV News he “fell in love with Christ” to prepare for the part.

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Cardinal Anders Arborelius of Stockholm, Sweden, is pictured in Rome Aug. 28, 2022. (CNS photo/Junno Arocho Esteves)

After visit to Ukraine, Swedish cardinal says he hopes for ‘just peace’

A recent video that has gained traction on social media purportedly shows a McDonald’s in Kiev bustling with people, prompting some to argue that perhaps the conflict is not as grim as the media and the country’s government has reported.

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Chicago Auxiliary Bishop Joseph N. Perry, pictured in a file photo, was named chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism May 10, 2023. Ahead of the U.S. bishops' meeting in Orlando, Fla., June 14-16, Bishop Perry recently spoke with OSV News about his new role. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

Head of bishops’ anti-racism committee praises investigations into histories

Ahead of the U.S. bishops’ meeting in Orlando, Florida, June 14-16, Bishop Joseph N. Perry said that new investigations by church institutions into their involvement with slavery and Indian boarding schools are “very healthy” and aid a collective examination of conscience.

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Large plumes of smoke rise from a wildfire raging in the Upper Tantallon area, as seen from Hubley, Nova Scotia, May 28, 2023, in this screen grab obtained from a social media video. A wildfire that officials say has damaged hundreds of homes is still burning out of control northwest of Halifax with thousands of residences under a mandatory evacuation order. (OSV News photo/Ben Britton via Reuters)

Priest is among heroes fighting flames in Canadian wildfires

While Canada is fighting wildfires from western Alberta province to eastern Nova Scotia, at least one priest is on the frontlines of the battle in firefighter uniform.

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A health care worker in New York City administers a shot of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to a woman at a pop-up vaccination site Jan. 29, 2021.(CNS photo/Mike Segar, Reuters)

As COVID’s Emergency Phase Ends, Catholic Experts Share Takeaways

As of late May 2023, COVID-19 has taken more than 6.9 million lives around the globe, including more than 1.1 million in the United States.

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Uvalde Catholic community marks painful anniversary with Mass, prayers

(OSV News) — Community members gathered in Uvalde, Texas, to pray and honor the 21 lives taken last year in a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School. “We kneel once again today before God, united and looking for ways to …

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Nearly 2,000 children abused by Catholic clergy over decades, says Illinois AG report

(OSV News) — Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul released a May 23 report revealing decades of abuse by Catholic clergy against almost 2,000 children. The report, unveiled during a May 23 press conference and totaling almost 700 pages, concludes a …

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