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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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After Dodgers reinstate plan to honor group, LA Archdiocese calls on Catholic to support women religious

LOS ANGELES (OSV News) — The Archdiocese of Los Angeles called on “all Catholics and people of goodwill to stand against bigotry and hate in any form” after the Los Angeles Dodgers reinstated plans to honor a self-described “leading-edge order …

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Pope Francis adds Fátima visit to World Youth Day trip

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis will visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Fátima during his trip to Portugal for World Youth Day 2023, the Vatican said. In a statement May 22, Matteo Bruni, director of the Holy See …

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Pope asks Cardinal Zuppi to lead peace mission for Ukraine

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis has asked Italian Cardinal Matteo Zuppi of Bologna to lead a mission “to help ease tensions in the conflict in Ukraine,” the Vatican press office said. The appointment of the cardinal, who is president …

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Man arrested after car breaches Vatican gate, drawing gunfire from police

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A man with apparent psychiatric problems forced his through a Vatican security gate late May 18 by speeding past Swiss Guards and Vatican gendarmes in a vehicle before being apprehended in a Vatican courtyard. According to …

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Abuse survivors cycle to Rome, deliver ‘broken heart,’ ask for action

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A group of survivors of abuse by priests and religious cycled hundreds of miles from southern Germany to Rome to urge the pope “to do everything in your power” to make the Catholic Church a safe …

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Pope issues new ‘fundamental law’ for Vatican City State

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis updated the “Fundamental Law of Vatican City State,” opening the possibility that laypeople can be members of its governing commission and emphasizing that the independence of the city-state is essential for the mission of …

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