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20170323T1002 0386 CNS POPE FATIMA MIRACLE 800Pilgrims walk on their knees at the Marian shrine of Fatima in central Portugal in this 2012 file photo. (CNS photo/Rafael Marchante, Reuters)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis has approved the recognition of a miracle attributed to the intercession of two of the shepherd children who saw Our Lady of Fatima in 1917, thus paving the way for their canonization.

20170309T1425 8384 CNS TORNADOES PRAYER CHARITY 800An uprooted tree and damaged roof shingles are seen March 1 at St. Mary Church in Naplate, Ill., after a deadly EF-3 tornado struck the village and neighboring Ottawa Feb. 28. The church suffered structural damage and Masses have been suspended until further notice. (CNS photo/Father Tony Fevlo)

OTTAWA, Ill. (CNS) -- Deadly and destructive tornadoes that moved through regions of the Diocese of Peoria on the eve of Ash Wednesday have led to extra prayer and charity in the first days of Lent.

20170227T0734 1481 CNS POPE MARRIAGE ROTA 800Pope Francis greets Cardinal Carlos Osoro Sierra of Madrid during an audience with parish priests attending a course on marriage preparation sponsored by the Roman Rota, at the Vatican Feb. 25. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Reaching out to and guiding couples in cohabitation with tenderness and compassion is essential to promoting and defending the sanctity of marriage, Pope Francis said.

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