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  • Nun Who Hid Jews from the Nazis to Be Proclaimed a Saint

    06/04/2016 5:13:51 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 15 replies
    Aleteia ^ | June 4, 2016 | David Newberger
    Sr. Maria Elizabeth Hesselblad, a Swedish religious sister, will be canonized by Pope Francis on Sunday Pope Francis will on Sunday officially recognize the sanctity of Maria Elizabeth Hesselblad, who readily risked her life in the midst of the Second World War, opening the doors of the Roman convent where she was the superior to take in persecuted Jews. Piero Piperno, 87, owes his life to this Swedish woman who, after having been a nurse in New York, embraced Catholicism and joined the Order of the Brigittine Sisters. Piperno, who was 15 years old when Mother Elizabeth took in his...
  • Vatican set to approve Mother Teresa elevation to sainthood

    03/15/2016 3:12:35 AM PDT · by detective · 27 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | March 14, 2016
    The Vatican committee that approves elevations to sainthood will meet Tuesday to consider a recommendation that Mother Teresa of Calcutta becomes Saint Teresa, the Holy See announced on Monday. With the long-awaited decision seen as a formality, Pope Francis is expected to sign a decree approving the canonisation of the 1979 Nobel peace prize winner and set a date and venue for it to happen.
  • Catholic Caucus: Mother Teresa miracle approved, sainthood set for September

    12/18/2015 6:34:31 AM PST · by topher · 19 replies
    RNS - Religion ^ | Dec 17, 2015 | David Gibson and Rosie Scammell
    VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis celebrated his 79th birthday on Thursday (Dec. 17) with a gift to the many devotees of Mother Teresa of Calcutta: The pontiff gave final clearance for “the saint of the gutters” to become an official saint. Francis took the step by signing a decree declaring that the inexplicable 2008 recovery of a Brazilian man who suddenly woke from a coma caused by a viral brain infection was due to the intercession of the Albanian-born nun, who died in 1997.
  • Junpero Serra not just another saint

    09/20/2015 9:47:45 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 58 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | September 20, 2015 | Deepa Bharath
    When Pope Francis canonizes Father Junpero Serra on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., Serra will be the first Hispanic American saint, and the first saint canonized on American soil. He also figures to be one of the most controversial saints in the long history of the Roman Catholic Church a symbol that roils some hearts even as it lifts others. Serra, an 18th-century Spanish friar who founded nine of the 21 California missions, including Mission San Juan Capistrano, is gaining sainthood, in part, because he helped bring the church to the Americas. By one reckoning, Serras legacy is nothing less...
  • Rome, Her Saints, & the Gospel

    05/28/2015 8:12:00 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 177 replies
    The Cripplegate ^ | May 20, 2015 | Eric Davis
    This past weekend pope Francis canonized four new saintsin aceremony which received extra attention as two of the four were of Palestinian origin. One of the new Palestinian saints, Sister Mariam Baouardy (1846-1878), was a mystic and stigmatic also known as Mary Jesus Crucified. She was aPalestinian and foundress of the Discalced Carmelites of Bethlehem in the late 1800s. The other new Palestinian saint, Sister Marie Alphonsine Danil Ghattas (1843-1927), was a co-founder of the Congregation of the Rosary Sisters, who spent much of her life in Bethlehem founding schools and orphanages.Despite the interesting politics of the situation, we...
  • Message of His Holiness Karekin II at the Canonization of the Armenian Martyrs

    04/23/2015 6:53:30 PM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    Armenian Public Radio ^ | 04-23-2015 | Catholicos Karekin II
    Message of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians On The Occasion of the Canonization of the Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, April 23, 2015 If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of God is resting on you. 1 Peter 4:14 Dear and pious faithful brothers and sisters, Under the gaze of biblical Ararat, in this cherished holy shrine of the Christ-built Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, today with unified prayer we offer glory up to our Omnipotent God for all of His...
  • Poll: Is it time to retire Junipero Serra's statue?

    04/19/2015 5:06:33 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 68 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 14, 2015 | Jon Healey
    ... Statues of ... historical figures stand in the U.S. Capitol's National Statuary Hall, where each state has two representatives cast in bronze or marble ... [Father Junipero] Serra could be the first and only actual saint in Statuary Hall -- Pope Francis recently announced plans to canonize him -- yet he's also a polarizing figure. Is it time to send Serra to the sidelines (or more accurately, move his statue to the California Capitol grounds)? ... Take our pointedly unreliable poll, leave a comment or do both! ...
  • Pagan Saints

    01/21/2015 4:47:04 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 470 replies
    The Cripplegate ^ | July 19,2012 | Nathan Busenitz
    As a church history professor, I am sometimes asked how certain practices developed in church history. For example: When did the Roman Catholic (and Eastern Orthodox)emphasis on praying to saints and venerating relics and icons begin? A somewhat obscure, but extremely helpful,book by John Calvin answers that question directly.In his work, A Treatise on Relics, Calvin utilizes his extensive knowledge of church history to demonstrate that prayers to the saints, prayers for the dead, the veneration of relics, the lighting of candles (in homage to the saints), and the veneration of icons are all rooted in Roman paganism. Suchpractices infiltrated...
  • Pope Paul VI: Next Contestant on the Santo Subito Show

    04/28/2014 10:22:50 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 22 replies
    The Remnant ^ | 4/24/14 | Michael Matt
    But, wait, theres more! According to La Stampa, Pope Paul VI has reportedly been penciled in for beatification this coming fall at the conclusion of the Synod of Bishops in Rome. Yes, thats rightPaul VI! Remember him? That vague, sort of nondescript pontiff who made up for negligible personal magnetism with an almost fanatical penchant for novelty. There is no particular cult associated with his cause, of course, other than among a few aging ecclesiastical hippies inside the Vatican who are evidently bound and determined to nominate their pal Paul for a Halo Award, come hell or high water. Something...
  • Pope Francis makes history with dual canonization of Pope John XXIII, Pope John Paul II

    04/27/2014 6:45:53 PM PDT · by Salvation · 45 replies ^ |
    VATICAN CITY –  Pope Francis declared Popes John XXIII and John Paul II saints before some 800,000 people on Sunday in an unprecedented ceremony made even more historic by the presence of emeritus Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Square.Never before have a reigning pope and a retired pope celebrated Mass together in public, much less at an event honoring two of their most famous predecessors.Benedict's presence was a reflection of the balancing act that Francis envisioned when he decided to canonize John and John Paul together, showing the unity of the Catholic Church by honoring popes beloved by...
  • Candle-bearer holds prayers in her heart during canonization

    04/27/2014 1:45:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    cna ^ | April 27, 2014 | Kerri Lenartowick
    Julia Marie Desilets participates in the canonization Mass of John Paul II and John XXIII on April 27, 2014. Credit: Stephen Driscroll/CNA. Vatican City, Apr 27, 2014 / 02:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- One young woman's participation in today's canonization liturgy offered a special opportunity for intercessory prayer. Julia Marie Desilets, who was a candle-bearer in the procession of John Paul II's relics, reflected, “I felt like I was carrying more than a candle. It was like carrying many of the devoted to the altar with their intentions, gratitude and love for these popes.” “I felt like I was placing the...
  • How does the Roman Catholic Church determine sainthood? [Catholic Caucus]

    04/27/2014 7:23:53 AM PDT · by Salvation · 24 replies
    ABCActionNews ^ | April 24, 2014 | John Morris
    April 25, 2014 (WPVI) -- On Sunday, when Pope Francis presides over the dual canonization of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII he will be following a long established process. Being named a saint is, usually, the end of a four-step process. First, after the candidate's death, someone needs to begin gathering the evidence to support sainthood, and then present that to the Vatican's Congregation for the Causes of Saints. ------------ , it turns the candidate's name over to the Pope who proclaims the candidate "venerable." ------------- The next step is the investigation of possible miracles attributed to the...
  • Pope Francis sermon for the canonization

    04/27/2014 5:46:32 AM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    Pope Francis’ sermon for the canonization. Some analysis to follow. At the heart of this Sunday, which concludes the Octave of Easter and which John Paul II wished to dedicate to Divine Mercy, are the glorious wounds of the risen Jesus.He had already shown those wounds when he first appeared to the Apostles on the very evening of that day following the Sabbath, the day of the resurrection. But Thomas was not there that evening, and when the others told him that they had seen the Lord, he replied that unless he himself saw and touched those wounds, he would...
  • Two Modern Saints for the Modern World [Catholic Caucus]

    04/26/2014 9:21:36 AM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies ^ | April 25, 2014 | Sean Fitzpatrick
    Two Modern Saints for the Modern World Sean FitzpatrickPope Francis shook the Catholic world on July 5th, 2013, with the announcement that Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II will be canonized together on April 27th, 2014.Pope Francis approved the healing of Floribeth Mora of Costa Rica from a brain aneurysm as miraculous, making it the second approved miracle attributed to the beloved Polish pope who passed away in 2005. The first miracle was the healing of a French nun, Sister Marie Simon-Pierre, who had been afflicted with Parkinson’s disease—the very ailment that John Paul II suffered from....
  • Catholics tell writer to "Go to Hell" for criticizing rushed pope canonization

    04/25/2014 4:17:48 PM PDT · by TigerTown · 6 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 25, 2014 | Brett M. Decker
    At least seven people wrote Decker and told him to go to hell. For instance, MariaTM supportively promised, I will pray for your burning soul. And Amanda kept things real simple: Go to hell lowlife. One simple text just said: hater. Someone calling himself or herself SSPVArchangel asked, When did the other 2 popes die and who made Decker Supreme Pontiff?? On there was KarlFromOhio who cleverly wrote, Since John Paul II eliminated the Devils Advocate position in the canonization procedure, I guess USA Today has decided to take the position on a pro bono basis.
  • Man crushed to death by giant crucifix dedicated to Pope (To be Canonised Sunday)

    04/24/2014 3:13:43 PM PDT · by equalator · 16 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 4-24-14 | Nick Squires
    An Italian man was crushed to death on Thursday by a giant crucifix dedicated to the late Pope John Paul II, just days before the Polish pontiff will be made a saint in a ceremony at the Vatican. In a bizarre coincidence, the 21-year-old man was reported to have been living in a street named after Pope John XXIII who will also be canonised in the ceremony on Sunday, in an event that is unprecedented in the 2,000 year history of the Catholic Church. The man, named as Marco Gusmini, was posing for a photograph with a group of...
  • President Obama names delegation to canonization Mass

    04/16/2014 2:22:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | April 14, 2014 | Diogenes
    President Barack Obama has announced the names of the members of the presidential delegation to the April 27 Mass of canonization of Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II. John Podesta, current Counselor to the President and White House Chief of Staff under President Bill Clinton, will lead the delegation. The other members of the delegation are Rep. Xavier Becerra, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, and Katie Beirne Fallon, Assistant to the President and Director of Legislative Affairs. According to Vogue, Fallon was a leading strategist in the effort to garner political support for the HHS mandate. Additional...
  • Popes John XXIII, John Paul II to be canonized April 27th

    09/30/2013 7:18:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/30/201 | Ed Morrissey
    Two of the great figures of the Second Vatican Council will be canonized on the same day next year. The Vatican announced that they will add Popes John Paul II and John XXIII to the list of saints on April 27th next year. That falls on Divine Mercy Sunday, a feast day instituted by John Paul II: Two of the most-loved leaders of the Catholic Church, Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II, will be raised to sainthood together in a joint canonization ceremony — the first such ceremony in the church’s history.At a consistory in the Vatican, Pope...
  • Why is Philomena No Longer Considered a Saint?

    09/12/2013 7:30:16 AM PDT · by Weiss White · 22 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | September 12, 2013 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: How is it that the martyr Philomena used to be a saint, but isnt any more? I dont understand how the Church can canonize a saint and then change its mind Mary A: Philomena is not, and has never been a saint. Many Catholics erroneously believe that Philomena used to be a saint, and was somehow decanonized by Pope John XXIII in 1961. In fact, the action taken that year by the Congregation of Riteswhich back then had jurisdiction over matters pertaining to the canonization of saintsactually clarified and made more consistent the canonical status of the person commonly...
  • How Many Miracles are Required to Canonize a Saint?

    07/18/2013 8:29:53 PM PDT · by Weiss White · 32 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | July 18, 2013 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: How many miracles are required before somebody can be canonized a saint? I thought that you needed three. But now the Pope has announced that John Paul II will be canonized after only two miracles, and John XXIII with (I believe) even less than that. Did the rules get changed at some point? Is this even a canon-law question? Sylvie A: Sylvie is of course referring to the Vaticans July 5 announcement that a miracle has been attributed to the intercession of Blessed John Paul II, clearing the way for his canonization. The same decree also indicates that Pope...
  • The Saints That Marriage Needs Today! [Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin]

    07/17/2013 9:38:56 PM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies ^ | July 17, 2013 | Phil Kosloski
    The Saints That Marriage Needs Today! by Phil Kosloski on July 17, 2013On May 21st the tribunal in Valencia completed a pivotal stage in the process of canonization for Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin. This couple, the parents of the “greatest Saint of modern times” Therese of Lisieux, needs one more miracle to confirm their union with their daughter in the company of canonized Saints. That miracle appears to have already taken place. A baby girl, doomed to die on account of numerous maladies, was miraculously healed through their intercession in 2008 in Valencia.Inspired and assisted by local Carmelite...
  • Vatican theologians approve second miracle of John Paul II

    06/20/2013 6:07:23 AM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    cna ^ | June 19, 2013
    Pope John Paul II Visits United Nations. Credit: UN Photo/Evan Schneider. Vatican City, Jun 19, 2013 / 12:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Theologians at the Congregation for the Causes of Saints have approved a second miracle granted through the intercession of Blessed John Paul II, moving him closer to being declared a saint. “The proclamation of his sainthood needs only the approval of the commission of cardinals and bishops and the final signature of Pope Francis,” Italian news agency ANSA reported June 18. Before Blessed John Paul II can be canonized, the Congregation must formally approve the miracle and present...
  • Islamic Forced Conversions - Past and Present

    05/16/2013 4:40:31 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 6 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 17 May 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    Raymond Ibrahim, a scholar of Islam and Islamic history who has a particular focus on Muslim persecution of Christians, has on his website - for which I also write -a new article, Islamic Forced Conversions Past and Present, highlighting the astonishing similarities of past atrocities, which many people in the West believe to have been consigned to distant history (belief largely due to the mainstream media's "carpet non-coverage" and total neglect of these everyday slaughters, massacres, beheadings, torture and discrimination), to current ones. His piece was inspired by last Sundays canonization by Pope Francis I of the 813...
  • Pope canonizes seven saints for the new evangelization

    10/21/2012 9:43:58 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    cna ^ | October 21, 2012 | Matthew A. Rarey
    Pope Benedict XVI waves to the crowd after the canonization Mass, Oct. 21, 2012. Credit: Marianne Medlin and Emily Hazelbach/CNA. Vatican City, Oct 21, 2012 / 09:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has canonized seven new saints and prayed that their intercession may “strengthen and sustain” the Church “in her mission to proclaim the Gospel to the whole world.” The Pope addressed a crowd of tens of thousands on a sunny, Oct. 21 Mass at St. Peter's Square, raising seven men and women to the altars. Those included Jacques Berthieu, Pedro Calungsod, Giovanni Battista Piamarta, Marìa Carmen Sallés...
  • Boy's survival of flesh-eating bacteria declared a miracle (headline shortened)

    12/21/2011 8:31:34 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 7 replies
    Mail Online (UK) ^ | 21st December 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    An 11-year-old boy's survival from a near-fatal battle with a flesh-eating bacteria has been declared a miracle by the Vatican. Jake Finkbonner, of Ferndale, Washington, made a stunning recovery from a tissue-destroying disease that gnawed away at his young face and nearly took his life in 2006. Pope Benedict XVI attributed the miracle attribute to The Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, clearing the way for the 17th century Mohawk-Algonquin woman to become the first American-Indian saint. She could be canonised as early as February, becoming America's first indigenous saint. Mrs Finkbonner told MSNBC her son, meanwhile, is 'doing fantastic' and is playing...
  • Holy confusion? Beatification, canonization are different (Catholic Caucus)

    04/17/2011 1:39:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 1+ views
    cns ^ | April 15, 2011 | Cindy Wooden
    Pope Benedict XVI, seated at right, watches the Polish-produced documentary, "John Paul II: I Kept Looking For You," at the Vatican April 9. After watching the film about his predecessor, Pope Benedict said "John Paul II was a great contemplative and a great apostle." (CNS/L'Osservatore Romano) By Cindy WoodenCatholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The slight differences between a beatification and a canonization are easy to miss, especially when one pope beatifies another pope. Just three weeks before Pope Benedict XVI was to beatify Pope John Paul II, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments issued a...
  • John Paul II to be beatified by Pope Benedict XVI on the Feast of Divine Mercy

    01/15/2011 5:46:58 AM PST · by tcg · 25 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 1/15/11 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    On April 2, 2005 at 9:37 p.m. the Venerable Pope John Paul II died. In April of 2009 his beloved successor, Pope Benedict XVI, told Pilgrims gathered in Rome "With you, I pray for the gift of beatification". That prayer has been answered. Friday, January 14, 2011 the Holy See released the "Decree for the Beatification of the Servant of God John Paul II". ...The choice of the Feast of Divine Mercy, May 1, 2011 is not accidental. He had a deep devotion to his fellow Pole Sr. Faustina Kowalska and to the Divine Mercy devotion identified with her. ...Pope...
  • Vatican analyst reports approval of beatification for Pope John Paul II (Catholic Caucus)

    01/12/2011 2:34:26 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    cna ^ | January 12, 2010
    Venerable Pope John Paul II Vatican City, Jan 12, 2011 / 02:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Vatican officials have concluded that a miraculous healing credited to the intercession of Pope John Paul II is authentic. The decision clears the way for the Church to declare the late Pope blessed, the final stage on the road to sainthood. The Popes beatification could take place as early as April 2, the sixth anniversary of his death, according to veteran Vatican analyst Andrea Tornielli, who broke the news in the Jan. 12 edition of the Italian newspaper, Il Giornale. Tornielli reported that cardinals...
  • Miracles have a measure

    10/17/2010 3:25:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Montreal Gazette ^ | October 16, 2010 | ANDY RIGA
    Father Claude Grou stands in front of a statue of Brother Andre at St. Joseph's Oratory. The humble hero would have been comfortable with canonization, the oratory rector argues, "if this can help people to love St. Joseph better, if this can help people come closer to God." Before recognizing a saint, the Catholic church says it thoroughly investigates the subject to ensure he or she led a remarkable and exemplary Christian life. The subject must also have at least two miracles recognized as taking place through his or her intercession. The Vatican says it must confirm that "the act...
  • Papal visit to UK parliament confirmed by Holy See

    07/05/2010 1:11:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    cna ^ | July 5, 2010
    Vatican City, Jul 5, 2010 / 01:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the invitation of Queen Elizabeth II and the episcopal conferences of the United Kingdom to visit in September, according to the spokesman of the Holy See. While the Pope's stop in the house of parliament has been confirmed, the most anticipated moment of the apostolic visit will take place on its final day.The Holy See's spokesman, Fr. Federico Lombardi, officially announced the trip in a Monday statement from the press office. This confirms what Pope Benedict had already told the bishops of England and Wales...
  • Much-maligned pontiff (Pope Pius XII defended in a leading Israeli newspaper, HAARETZ)

    01/24/2010 1:32:01 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 45 replies · 930+ views
    Haaretz ^ | Sun., January 24, 2010 - Shvat 9, 5770 | Dimitri Cavalli
    The controversy over Pope Pius XII's actions during World War II was recently reignited when... Riccardo Pacifici, president of Rome's Jewish community, told [Pope Benedict] : "The silence of Pius XII before the Shoah still hurts because something should have been done." [snip] To what extent, if any, does the evidence back up these allegations, which have been repeated since the early 1960s? On April 4, 1933, Eugenio Cardinal Pacelli, the Vatican secretary of state, instructed the papal nuncio in Germany to see what he could do to oppose the Nazis. On behalf of Pope Pius XI, Cardinal Pacelli drafted...
  • Canonization Mass of Leper Priest-EWTN

    10/10/2009 10:03:28 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 3 replies · 417+ views
    CANONIZATION OF BLESSED DAMIAN DE VEUSTER, JEANNE JUGAN AND OTHERS - LIVE (2 1/2 hr) and Mary of The Cross (Jeanne) Jugan. Sun 10/11/09 4:00 AM ET / 1 AM PT Sun 10/11/09 12:00 PM ET / 9 AM PT
  • Pope Benedict to receive paralyzed artists portrait of Fr. Damien

    10/09/2009 10:34:45 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies · 980+ views
    cna ^ | October 9, 2009
    Peggy Chun's portrait of Blessed Father Damien Rome, Italy, Oct 9, 2009 / 06:24 am (CNA).- As the October 11 canonization of the Fr. Damien de Veuster approaches, an art teacher is leading a small group from Hawaii to Rome to present Pope Benedict XVI with a portrait of the saint painted by an artist paralyzed by Lou Gehrigs Disease, also known as ALS.Fr. Damien, a hero to Hawaiians, ministered to a major leper colony on Molokai where he contracted and eventually succumbed to leprosy in the late nineteenth century.The late artist Peggy Chun had created the artwork with...
  • "I Pray St. Nuno Blesses the World" (Upcoming Canonization) (Catholic Caucus)

    04/16/2009 9:03:32 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 2 replies · 325+ views
    Inside the Vatican ^ | 4/15/2009 | Andrew Rabel
    On April 26 in St. Peter's Square, Pope Benedict XVI will canonize a Portuguese national hero who toward the end of his life became a Carmelite monk and served the poor, Nuno de Santa Maria lvares Pereira, O. Carm. (1360-1431), the Condestvel ("Constable," meaning General) known in Portugal as "the Father of the Nation." Almost a century ago, Pope Benedict XV beatified Nuno (January 23, 1918), and proposed him as a model for the Catholic soldiers then engaged in combat during World War 1. So one Pope Benedict, the 15th, beatified Nuno, and a second, Benedict XVI, will canonize him....
  • India to Have 1st Female Saint

    10/10/2008 4:46:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 664+ views
    ZNA ^ | October 10, 2008
    ROME, OCT. 10, 2008 ( As Christians in India continue to face persecution for their faith, they will have a new advocate in the figure of soon-to-be St. Alfonsa of the Immaculate Conception.Blessed Alfonsa (born Anna Muttathupadathu) is one of four people to be canonized by Benedict XVI this Sunday. The other three are Maria Bernarda Butler, from Switzerland; Narcisa de Jess Martillo Morn from Ecuador; and Father Gaetano Errico from Italy.Blessed Alfonsa will be the first woman from India to be canonized. She was a religious of the Poor Clares.Anna Muttathupadathu was born in the Indian state of Kerala...
  • Cardinal Newman 'to become saint very soon'

    01/09/2008 1:39:12 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies · 125+ views
    Telegraph ^ | January 9, 2008 | Jonathan Petre
    Cardinal Newman, the Anglican cleric whose conversion to Roman Catholicism scandalised Victorian Britain, appeared closer to sainthood today after his case was backed by a senior Vatican official. Cardinal Newman The head of the Vatican department that examines the causes of saints said that he would like the Cardinal's beatification - the step before canonisation - to take place very soon. His comments suggest that the Vatican is close to attributing a miracle to Cardinal Newman, which means that the 19th century cleric could be beatified before the end of the year. The controversial theologian and writer of the...
  • Vatican to encourage greater caution in opening sainthood causes

    01/08/2008 1:30:14 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies · 47+ views
    CNS ^ | January 8, 2008 | John Thavis
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican is preparing to issue a set of instructions to promote "greater caution and more accuracy" in the opening of new sainthood causes by local dioceses, a top Vatican official said. Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, head of the Congregation for Saints' Causes, said the instructions were needed to reflect the "new spirit introduced by Pope Benedict XVI in beatification procedures." The cardinal spoke in an interview published Jan. 8 by the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, under the headline: "More precision will be asked in diocesan canonization processes." Cardinal Saraiva Martins said the new document will...
  • Saints in the rain (Pope canonizes 4 new saints - nice photos)

    06/03/2007 4:02:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies · 514+ views
    Open Book ^ | June 3, 2007 | Amy Wellborn
    Today's canonization was marked by heavy rain: The rain was the most obvious protagonist of this mornings canonization of 4 new saints, as it poured down relentlessly on the ocean of coloured umbrellas, on the sick, on the ministrants and bishops gathered in St Peters square. Every step of the ceremony, the readings, processions with the exception of the rites preformed around the papal altar were hindered by the opening and closing of the multi coloured umbrellas as they were passed from hand to hand, covering heads but drenching the shoulders and robes of the cardinals and 40...
  • Friday: Benedict in Brazil (Day Three)

    05/11/2007 5:41:32 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies · 664+ views
    American Papist ^ | May 11, 2007 | Thomas Peters
    Today, Pope Benedict continues his apostolic journey to Brazil for a third day, celebrating the canonization Mass of Brazil's first native-born saint (Bl. Fr. Antonio Galvao) and then spending the night near the famous Shrine of Aparecida. Once again, this post will be updated and expanded throughout the day, so keep visiting! NB: Complete roundup of my coverage here, the best photos from the trip here. Highlights of Friday's papal itinerary (all times EST): 8:30 AM Canonization Mass of Blessed Frei Galvo at Campo de Marte in So Paulo3:00 PM Vespers with the Bishops of Brazil in the Catedral...
  • John Paul II sainthood process advances (World's Greatest Saint Maker About to Become Saint)

    04/02/2007 10:35:06 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies · 474+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | April 2, 2007 | NICOLE WINFIELD
    Roman Catholic Church officials passed a key milestone in the drive to make Pope John Paul II a saint Monday, closing an investigation into his life during a ceremony on the second anniversary of the beloved pontiff's death.Also Monday, church officials from France delivered to the Vatican a dossier detailing the purported miraculous cure of a nun who prayed to John Paul a key requirement for beatification, the last step before possible sainthood.The remarkably fast pace underscores the Church's keen interest in beatifying John Paul and responding to the calls of "Santo Subito" or "Sainthood Immediately!" that erupted after...
  • Mystery French nun in Pope Jean Pauls beatification case identified

    03/29/2007 6:04:41 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies · 165+ views
    The Sentinel ^ | March 29, 2007
    PARIS (AP) Sister Marie-Simon-Pierre is the French nun whose testimony of a mystery cure from Parkinsons disease will likely be accepted as the miracle the Vatican needs to beatify Pope John Paul II, an official at the Paris maternity hospital where she works said Wednesday. The identity of the nun has been one of the Catholic Churchs most closely guarded secrets. The nun says that she was cured of Parkinsons after she and her community of nuns prayed to John Paul. The nun, a member of the Congregation of Little Sisters of Catholic Motherhood in Aix-en-Provence in southeast France,...
  • John Paul miracles hasten sainthood (canonization expected in 18 months)

    01/21/2007 5:56:07 AM PST · by NYer · 511 replies · 5,153+ views
    Times Online ^ | January 21, 2007 | Christopher Morgan
    THE VATICAN is close to making the late pope John Paul II a saint after investigating three "miracles" attributed to him. John Paul had already been credited with curing a nun of Parkinson's disease and now it has emerged he has been credited with two other cures, proof of which will confer on him beatification and then canonisation.This weekend the cardinal in charge of the process said he expected the checks performed by the local dioceses on all three miracles to be complete by April. A formal announcement is expected on April 2, the second anniversary of John Paul's death,...
  • Second miracle approved - Dun Gorg canonisation process

    01/11/2007 10:29:14 AM PST · by NYer · 3 replies · 534+ views
    Times of Malta ^ | January 11, 2007 | Michael Testa
    The late Pope John Paul II praying in front of the remains of Blessed Gorg Preca at the MUSEUM chapel in Blata l-Bajda in May 2001 The Congregation for Sainthood Causes in Rome has approved a second miracle that should lead to the canonisation of the Blessed Gorg Preca, the Archbishop's Curia said yesterday. The decision was taken following a discussion held at the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican headed by Cardinal Jos Saraiva Martins on Tuesday. The decision was originally expected in the middle of last year but was delayed. Pope John Paul II beatified Dun Gorg in...
  • Pope Benedict XVI canonizes 4 new saints (with photos from ceremony)

    10/15/2006 5:26:18 AM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies · 1,464+ views
    AP ^ | October 15, 2006 | FRANCES D'EMILIO
    Pope Benedict XVI gave Catholics four news saints Sunday, bestowing the honor on a 19th century nun who struggled in the American frontier, a bishop who tended to the wounded during the Mexican Revolution and two Italian clergy.French-born Mother Theodore Guerin endured harsh conditions on the American frontier and resisted the objections of a local bishop in pursuing her dream of establishing Catholic education for pioneers. She established a college for women in Indiana, which enrolled its first student in 1841.Among those at the ceremony on the steps of St. Peter's Basilica were ailing Chicago Cardinal Francis George and five...
  • If you have any influence with God (Baptist minister's son healed by Blessed Mother Guerin)

    10/10/2006 9:19:34 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies · 459+ views
    Curt Jester ^ | October 10, 2006 | Jeff Miller
    Interesting article on Phil McCord the currently non-Catholic whose miraculous healing of his eye is attributed to Blessed Mother Theodore Guerin and was used as proof for the second miracle leading to her canonization this Sunday. He was the son of a Baptist lay minister and he worked for nuns, overseeing the facilities owned by the Sisters of Providence, composting and all. McCord was never much of a praying man. But concern for his eye and the notes from an organ brought him into the Church of the Immaculate Conception, the large, ornate church on the St. Mary-of-the-Woods campus. He...
  • October 15 chosen for canonization of Blessed Mother Theodore Guerin

    07/01/2006 9:38:51 AM PDT · by Military family member · 5 replies · 224+ views
    The Wabash Valley Journal of Business ^ | July 1, 2006 | Robert L. Flott
    Canonization date setOctober 15 chosen for canonization of Blessed Mother Theodore Guerin By Robert L. Flott WVJB Editor Even before Sister Ann Margaret O'Hara took the stage, the room sparkled with excitement. As Superior General of the Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods took the stage, Sr. Ann Margaret had an important announcement to make, however, and the Sisters of Providence are disciplined. Quickly, the room went silent. "It is October 15." The room exploded with cheers and applause--even on "Go Girl!" For the 300 or more members of the Sisters of Providence gathered in O'Shaunnesy Hall on the St....
  • Date set for Consistory in Rome (for Blessed Mother Theodore Guerin)

    06/23/2006 9:23:29 AM PDT · by Military family member · 15 replies · 282+ views
    Sisters of Providence ^ | June 23, 2006 | Sisters of Providence
    The Vatican has announced that the next Consistory, a meeting between the pope and cardinals in Rome during which significant papal matters are considered, is scheduled for Saturday, July 1. The date for the canonization ceremony for Blessed Mother Theodore Guerin, foundress of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind., will be set at that time. Mother Theodore was beatified in October, 1998, and in April of this year, Pope Benedict XVI signed a decree acknowledging a second miracle healing attributed to her intercession through prayer. She founded the Sisters of Providence in 1840. She died in 1856. Sister...
  • Pope clarifies Churchs traditions, norms for canonization; announces new instruction

    04/27/2006 11:30:53 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies · 437+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | April 27, 2006
    Vatican City, Apr. 27, 2006 (CNA) - As the world watches the Catholic Church in its process for the beatification of John Paul II, the Vatican has released a message from Pope Benedict to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, which just finished its plenary assembly. In it, the Pope clarifies the Churchs stance and means for assessing sainthood. The message, released today, was addressed specifically to Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins C.M.F., prefect of the Congregation. The Holy Father wrote that ''From her beginnings, the Church has dedicated great attention to the procedures that elevate Servants of God to...
  • Miracle reported; could speed John Paul's canonization

    12/01/2005 4:30:34 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 48 replies · 2,077+ views
    Catholic World News ^ | 2 December 2005
    The inexplicable healing of a French nun could be the miracle that paves the way for beatification of Pope John Paul II. The Roman news agency I Media has learned that a French nun who was dying of cancer experienced a sudden and complete cure in October, after the members of her community prayed for the intercession of the late Pope John Paul. In accordance with Vatican rules, the identity of the nun is not being revealed, as doctors conduct a thorough study of her case. If a miracle is confirmed, it would speed the cause for the Polish Pontiff's...
  • Pope Benedict XVI canonizes first saints (Latin Mass - dignified and reverent)

    10/23/2005 5:35:32 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 605+ views
    INQ7 ^ | October 23, 2005
    VATICAN CITY -- Tens of thousands of pilgrims gathered in St Peter's Square early Sunday as Pope Benedict XVI began a ceremony canonizing the first saints of his pontificate -- two Polish-born Ukrainians, two Italians, and a Chilean.Flag-waving pilgrims packed the giant Vatican square as the 78-year-old pontiff began the ceremony in bright sunshine which burned off the mist that had earlier obscured the dome of St Peter's basilica.Choirs sang hymns in English, French, German, Italian, Polish, and Spanish. During the two-hour ceremony, the pope was to proclaim the canonization of Polish Archbishop Jozef Bilczewski (1860-1923), diocesan priest Zygmunt Gorazdowski...