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With no pope in residence, Vatican opens gardens of summer villa

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (CNS) -- The aisle is paved with stone from an ancient Roman road; the apse is made of carefully trimmed evergreen bushes; the columns are tall, thin cypress trees; and the nave is a lily pond, complete with gold fish.


Film 'Mary of Nazareth' now available for parish, school screenings

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Viewing the movie "Mary of Nazareth" at a parish or school screening will enable Catholics to have a greater and a more profound understanding of the mother of God, said Anthony Ryan, director of sales and marketing for Ignatius Press.


In latest interview, Pope Francis reveals top 10 secrets to happiness

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Slowing down, being generous and fighting for peace are part of Pope Francis' secret recipe for happiness.

In an interview published in part in the Argentine weekly Viva July 27, the pope listed his Top 10 tips for bringing greater joy to one's life: