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  • Op-ed: Sainthood for Mother Teresa exposes the delusion of religion

    09/11/2016 4:48:33 AM PDT · by detective · 43 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | Sep 10 2016 | Gregory A. Clark
    In canonizing Mother Teresa as a saint ("Pope declares Mother Teresa a saint," Sept. 5), the pope publicly confirmed the essential tenets of Catholicism: That God could have stopped Catholic priests from raping altar boys. But, overall, He didn't want to. And millions throughout the world rejoiced in this good news. Such is religion.
  • Mother Teresa To Be Canonized on September 4

    03/15/2016 3:18:39 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies ^ | March 15, 2016 | Christine Rousselle
    Mother Teresa, or Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, will be declared a saint in the Roman Catholic Church on September 4, Pope Francis announced on Tuesday. While it was announced in December that she had been cleared for sainthood, her date of canonization was announced today. Affectionately known as the "saint of the gutter" for her unconditional ?love ?for the poor, abandoned and marginalized, Mother Teresa earned several international honors, including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. She was beatified in 2003 by Pope John Paul II after being attributed to a first miracle, answering an Indian woman's prayers to cure...
  • 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.
  • Vatican announces consistory to approve canonization of Mother Teresa

    03/10/2016 10:15:09 AM PST · by Morgana · 16 replies ^ | March 7, 2016 | Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis will preside over a consistory to approve the canonization of five men and women, including Blessed Teresa of Kolkata, the Vatican announced. The March 15 consistory will also determine the approval of canonization of Argentine "gaucho priest," Blessed Jose Gabriel del Rosario Brochero and Blessed Jose Sanchez del Rio, a 14-year-old Mexican boy martyred for refusing to renounce his faith during the Cristero War of the 1920s, the Vatican said March 7. The meeting of cardinals and promoters of the sainthood causes, also known as an "ordinary public consistory," formally ends the process of...
  • Mother Teresa to Be Sainted After 2nd Miracle Declared: Vatican

    12/18/2015 7:34:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    NBC News ^ | 12/18/2015 | by CLAUDIO LAVANGA and ALASTAIR JAMIESON
    ROME — Mother Teresa, who dedicated her life to helping India's poor, will be made a saint in the Roman Catholic Church, the Vatican said Friday. She will likely be canonized in September to coincide with the 19th anniversary of her death and Pope Francis' Holy Year of Mercy, according to an Italian Catholic newspaper report. The pontiff marked his 79th birthday on Thursday by approving a decree that the nun had performed a second miracle 11 years after her death, the Vatican confirmed in a statement. She was beatified in 2003 as Blessed Teresa of Calcutta for healing an...
  • Obama touts Oscar Romero sainthood

    05/23/2015 10:01:51 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 41 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | May 23, 2015 | Sarah Westwood
    President Obama embraced the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador Saturday ahead of celebrations in El Salvador over the controversial religious figure's progression toward sainthood. "I join people in El Salvador and around the world today in welcoming the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero," Obama said. "He fearlessly confronted the evils he saw, guided by the needs of his beloved pueblo, the poor and oppressed people of El Salvador." Romero was shot while performing Mass in 1980 just one day after imploring the country's military to abandon their orders to violently repress a leftist uprising. Pope Francis called...
  • New Jersey nun credited with curing boy beatified

    10/04/2014 8:17:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    NEWARK, N.J. – A New Jersey nun credited with curing a boy's eye disease moved a step closer to sainthood Saturday in what church officials said was the first beatification Mass held in the United States. A beatification Mass for Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovich, who died in 1927, was led by Cardinal Angelo Amato at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark. Beatification is the third in a four-step process toward sainthood....
  • Time for new reformation re: understanding of Biblical priesthood, sainthood, & ordination [Vanity]

    06/26/2014 11:27:30 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 169 replies
    Colofornian | June 26, 2014 | Colofornian
    Mass confusion is still extant pertaining to three key Christian words -- each related to "ministry" and those who serve God: "priesthood" "saints" "ordination" Each of these words have, unfortunately, been largely skewed by the historical Church: The first two by Roman Catholicism; the latter by Protestantism. 'Holy Priesthood...Royal Priesthood' No New Testament-based Church can neglect 1 Peter 2:4-9 and Revelation 1:5-6 plus Revelation 5:10 in its definition of "priesthood." In 1 Peter 2, the "holy priesthood" (verse 5) and the "royal priesthood" (verse 9) are described as a privilege presented to those who... ...come to Christ (verse 4); ...are...
  • 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, there’s 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, that’s right—Paul 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...
  • Shouldn't Bible-believing church leaders be speaking up on "sainthood"? (vanity)

    04/27/2014 3:47:28 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 404 replies
    With it so much in the news right now that the Catholic Church is making two former Popes "saints." shouldn't Bible-believing Christians, and those in leadership in particular, be pointing out the Bible truth on who is a saint is? The media won't do this themselves, and the Catholic use of "saint" has caused a lot of ignorance on this most important matter.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: BEATIFICATION, 02-12-14

    02/12/2014 8:13:27 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 02-12-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:BEATIFICATION A declaration by the Pope as head of the Church that one of the deceased faithful lived a holy life and/or died a martyr's death and is now dwelling in heaven. As a process, the beatification consists of a years-long examination of the life, virtues, writings, and reputation for holiness of the servant of God under consideration. This is ordinarily conducted by the bishop of the place where he or she resided or died. For a martyr miracles worked through the person's intercession need not be considered in this primary process. The second, or Apostolic,...
  • Pope approves miracle attributed to American nun

    12/18/2013 3:30:57 PM PST · by NYer · 44 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | December 18, 2013
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has approved the attribution a miraculous healing to the intercession of a young American nun, opening the way to her beatification. Born and raised in New Jersey, Miriam Teresa Demjanovich (1901-1927) entered the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth in 1926 and died one year later, taking her religious vows one month before her death.The miracle that opens the way for the beatification of Miriam Teresa Demjanovich involves the restoration of perfect vision to a boy who had gone legally blind because of macular degeneration. Silvia Correale, the postulator for Sr Teresa’s cause in Rome, said...
  • A path to sainthood that could be explosive

    08/10/2013 11:50:35 AM PDT · by NYer · 58 replies
    ucanews ^ | July 10, 2013 | Alessandro Speciale
    At a special ceremony on July 6, Pope Francis briefly met with clergy and officials who, over the past two years, have been involved in the diocesan phase of the beatification process of Vietnamese Cardinal Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan.Cardinal Van Thuan spent 13 years in prison, nine of them in solitary confinement in Hanoi, following his appointment as coadjutor archbishop of Saigon just seven days before South Vietnam fell to the Communist North in 1975.He was released in 1988 and Pope John Paul II called him to Rome, where he eventually became president of the Pontifical Council for Justice...
  • Sainthood [Drudge Headline-Pope John Paul II]

    07/05/2013 5:24:31 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 14 replies
    DrudgeReport ^ | 7/5/2013 | Drudge
    Drudge Headline and picture .....                                                                   SAINTHOOD
  • Pope Francis clears John Paul II for sainthood

    07/05/2013 5:23:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 5, 2013 7:50 AM EDT | Nicole Winfield
    Pope Francis on Friday cleared Pope John Paul II for sainthood, approving a miracle attributed to his intercession and setting up a remarkable dual canonization along with another beloved pope, John XXIII. In a major demonstration of his papal authority, Francis decided to make John XXIII a saint even though the Vatican hasn’t confirmed a second miracle attributed to his intercession. The Vatican said Francis had the power to “dispense” with the normal saint-making procedures to canonize him on his own merit, without a miracle.The ceremonies are expected before the end of the year. The date of Dec. 8 has...
  • "To Hell With It" - Dorothy Day (Kinda interesting article from the *bad* NCR)

    12/06/2012 10:00:52 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 30 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | Dec. 5, 2012 | Michael Sean Winters
    We continue our series of considering Catholic identity today by looking at Dorothy Day. Monday, I set the tone for the week by recalling the response of Flannery O’Connor to a group of erudite Catholics who thought the Eucharist was a great symbol: “Well, if it’s just a symbol, then to hell with it.” Then, I examined the counterfeit of faith known as civil religion. Yesterday, I looked at the Vatican new motu proprio regarding the Catholic identity of our charities and a different counterfeit form of Christianity, a reduction of the faith to a social justice ethic. Today,...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ADVOCATUS DEI, 01-16-12

    01/16/2012 8:48:59 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | 01-16-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ADVOCATUS DEI Advocate of God. The one authorized to examine the virtues and reported miracles of a person whose cause for beatification has been introduced with the Holy See. Also called the promoter of the cause. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Holy Fulton: Amid Dispute Over Resting Place, Peoria Halts Sheen Sainthood

    11/11/2010 6:27:09 AM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    WITL ^ | November 11, 2010 | Rocco Palmo
    We interrupt this hiatus for an intriguing story of particular note.... Arguably the most influential figure in the four-century history of American Catholicism, nearly a year after Fulton Sheen was celebrated anew across the globe on the 30th anniversary of his death, the iconic prelate's boyhood diocese has suddenly pulled out of leading the charge for his beatification. In a release posted to its website late last week, the Peoria-based Archbishop Sheen Cause announced the surprise move thus: It is with great sadness and disappointment, Bishop [Daniel] Jenky announces that after nine years of effort and sacrifice, the Diocese...
  • 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...
  • Pope John Paul II 'whipped himself to feel closer to God'

    01/27/2010 11:35:46 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 43 replies · 1,410+ views
    timesonline ^ | January 27, 2010
    The late Pope John Paul II, who has been put on the fast track to sainthood by the Vatican, regularly whipped himself as an act of penance to feel closer to God, and signed a secret document saying that would step down as pontiff if he became incurably ill, according to a new book. Why a Saint? by Monsignor Slawomir Oder, the Vatican "postulator" in charge of the canonisation process, says the Polish-born Pope performed self flagellation as a bishop in Krakow and continued to do so in the Vatican after being elected Pope in 1978. "In his wardrobe, among...
  • Details of possible Pius XII miracle emerge

    01/19/2010 3:45:52 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies · 501+ views
    cna ^ | Januay 19, 2010
    Venerables John Paul II and Pius XII Rome, Italy, Jan 19, 2010 / 12:21 pm (CNA).- Some details of the case under investigation regarding a possible miracle attributed to Venerable Pope Pius XII have been made public.  The story features not just one former Pontiff, but two.On Tuesday morning, Vatican journalist Andrea Tornielli published an article in Il Giornale describing at length the situation which "mysteriously involves" John Paul II.Tornielli reported that this case was brought to the attention of Benedict XVI shortly before he approved a measure on Dec. 19, 2009 venerating Pope Pius XII's life of "heroic...
  • Why a Rush to Pius XII Sainthood?

    01/01/2010 2:29:41 PM PST · by presidio9 · 34 replies · 1,152+ views
    The New York Times ^ | January 1, 2010 | CELESTINE BOHLEN
    Does the world really need yet another Roman Catholic saint, particularly if that means canonizing one of the most controversial popes in history? By one count, there are already more than 10,000 saints and “beati,” or blessed, accumulated since Roman times, with at least three saints already assigned for every day of the year. That’s just one of several reasons why Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to proceed toward the canonization of Pius XII, the church’s World War II-era pope, was so surprising. Another two miracles to his name, and Pius will have cleared all the hurdles to sainthood, where he...
  • Pope John Paul II and Pope Pius XII move closer to sainthood

    12/19/2009 5:10:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies · 575+ views
    Times Online ^ | 12/19/2009 | Simon Alford
    The controversial wartime pope accused of failing to openly condemn the Holocaust has moved a step closer to sainthood, the Vatican has confirmed. Pope Pius XII will be declared venerable after the current pontiff Pope Benedict XVI approved a "heroic virtues decree", the first of three stages before canonisation. To be declared venerable, a church investigation has to conclude that the person in question lived a life of exemplary holiness and heroic virtue. There must be nothing in the dead person’s writings that enables these characteristics to be challenged. Pope Benedict has also agreed to declare his predecessor Pope John...
  • Australia's first saint in Mary MacKillop days away

    12/12/2009 2:35:30 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 21 replies · 848+ views
    Sunday Mail (South Australia) ^ | 13th December 2009 | Brad Crouch
    THE Vatican is gearing up to give Australia a joyous Christmas celebration, with Blessed Mary MacKillop almost certain to be our first saint within days. The decision will end decades of lobbying for the canonisation of the woman revered for her tireless work helping children and the needy. Australia's five million Catholics will rejoice at the news, with the sainthood predicted to spark a surge in interest in the Church and faith, particularly in South Australia where Mary co-founded the Sisters of St Joseph. The Sunday Mail understands Mary MacKillop's second miracle has been cleared by a team of cardinals...
  • First step taken toward beatification of John Paul II, says Vatican analyst

    11/17/2009 9:40:21 AM PST · by NYer · 75 replies · 1,481+ views
    cna ^ | November 17, 2009
    div class="noticia_imagen_contenedor" style="width: 250px;"> John Paul II Rome, Italy, Nov 17, 2009 / 11:22 am (CNA).- Vatican analyst Andrea Tornielli reported this week that the first step toward the beatification of John Paul II has already been completed.  He explained that officials at the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints have given the green light for the proclamation of the late Pope's heroic virtue.Tornielli added that only the signature of Pope Benedict XVI is needed for the proclamation to become official, noting that it “could come during Christmas, when the prefect for the Congregation for the Causes of the...
  • Mayor Willie Brown : After Nobel, what's next for Obama - sainthood?

    10/11/2009 6:43:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies · 1,933+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/10/2009 | Willie Brown
    Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize for one thing - getting elected president in a country that has never had a woman or a person of color as its leader. I expect an Oscar, a Tony and a Pulitzer will all follow, and all will be equally deserved. The Nobel is great news for Obama and for America, but is bad news for the Rev. Al, Jesse and me, as the prize committees have now met their quota.
  • Who today would qualify as a modern-day American saint?

    06/02/2009 12:40:58 PM PDT · by Obro · 19 replies · 511+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | 9/9/2007 | Ann Rodgers
    There are men who say, "My wife is a saint for putting up with me." But an Ohio man, Jerome Coniker, may prove it. The Vatican has given approval to pursue sainthood for his late wife, Gwen, who was 62 when she died in June 2002. "When the church looks for sanctity, they don't seek phenomenal signs or revelations or apparitions. They just look for the virtuous life. She sure qualifies for that," said Mr. Coniker, co-founder with her of the Apostolate for Family Consecration in Bloomingdale, Ohio. Together they raised 12 children, and have 65 grandchildren. Read more:
  • JPII Beatification in 2010?

    03/19/2009 10:19:40 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies · 427+ views
    NCR ^ | March 18, 2009 | Tom McFeely
    (CNS/Reuters) According to the Italian daily La Stampa, John Paul II will be beatified on April 2, 2010 — the fifth anniversary of his death. Reporter Giacomo Galeazzi reports that thanks to an acceleration in the beatification process, documents pertaining to John Paul’s cause, called the “positio,” have already been forwarded by a commission of theologians to be examined by cardinals . “This is very good news,” says Msgr. Tadeusz Pieronek, the Polish priest who has been responsible for the diocesan phase of the beatification process in Krakow, La Stampa reported. La Stampa adds that in early March, John Paul...
  • Sainthood set for Oct. 11 (Father Damien)

    02/22/2009 6:06:59 PM PST · by KJC1 · 7 replies · 473+ views
    Maui News ^ | 02-22-09 | Chris Hamilton
    WAILUKU -- Just after midnight in Rome on Saturday, Pope Benedict XVI made the final announcement many Hawaii residents have wanted to hear for more than a century. The pope will canonize Blessed Damien of Molokai as a saint Oct. 11 at the Vatican, according to an e-mail from the Very Rev. Marc R. Alexander of the Honolulu Roman Catholic Church Diocese. Damien ministered to leprosy patients on Kalaupapa in the 19th century, ultimately contracting the then-fatal disease. The pope had previously declared in July that Damien would become a saint, after the church officially attributed to Damien the two...
  • 19th Century Belgian Priest Who Aided Lepers in Hawaii to Become Saint (Catholic Caucus)

    02/21/2009 3:42:47 PM PST · by big'ol_freeper · 224+ views ^ | 21 Feb 09 | AP
    A 19th-century Belgian priest who ministered to leprosy patients in Hawaii will be declared a saint Oct. 11 at a Vatican ceremony presided over by Pope Benedict XVI. The Rev. Damien de Veuster's canonization date was set Saturday during a meeting between Benedict and cardinals at the Apostolic Palace. De Veuster will be canonized along with four other people, the Vatican said.
  • Cuban friar put on path to sainthood (Raoul attends event)

    12/02/2008 8:18:28 AM PST · by STARWISE · 16 replies · 364+ views
    CNN ^ | 12-1-08
    Thousands of Cubans, including President Raul Castro and Communist Party leaders, flocked to a Catholic ceremony on Saturday putting a 19th century monk on the path to sainthood. Saturday's Mass honored Friar Jose Olallo Valdes, known as the father of the poor. It was the first beatification ceremony on the island. "From here on, let him be called blessed," said the pope's representative, Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints at the Vatican.
  • French Jewish Group Opposes Pius XII Sainthood

    10/18/2008 10:06:35 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 107 replies · 878+ views ^ | October 17, 2008 | Associated Press
    French Jewish Group Opposes Pius XII Sainthood Friday, October 17, 2008 4:30 PM PARIS -- France's main Jewish organization warned Friday that efforts to make wartime Pope Pius XII a saint would deal "a severe blow" to relations between Catholics and Jews. The warning from an umbrella organization of French Jewish groups comes as the Vatican mounts a campaign to refute accusations Pius did not do enough to try to stop the extermination of 6 million Jews during World War II. "Pope Pius XII, worried about burning his bridges with Germany, never made a clear statement denouncing the singular monstrosity...
  • Catholic Officials Seek Permission to Exhume Cardinal Newman's Body

    07/19/2008 1:49:24 PM PDT · by kellynla · 5 replies · 128+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | Jul-16-2008 | Simon Caldwell
    LONDON (CNS) -- Catholic officials have applied for permission to exhume the body of a 19th-century cardinal whose cause for sainthood is expected to soon progress to beatification. They want to transfer the remains of Cardinal John Henry Newman from a grave in a small cemetery in the suburbs of Birmingham, England, to a marble sarcophagus in a church in the city where they can be venerated by pilgrims. A July 14 statement said that the Archdiocese of Birmingham was now in direct contact with the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice, Sir Suma Chakrabarti, to obtain the necessary...
  • Finally, It's Official: Molokai's Hero = Hawaii's Saint

    07/05/2008 4:39:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies · 1,037+ views
    WITL ^ | July 4, 2008 | Rocco Palmo
    The requisite miracle for his canonization approved in May, the Pope yesterday green-lighted the elevation to sainthood of Bl Damien deVeuster -- the Belgian priest (1840-89) who spent his life ministering to the leper community on the Hawaiian island of Molokai, eventually contracting and dying of the disease. Beatified in 1995, the news gives Stateside Catholicism its seventh product raised to the honors of the altar, and is notable on a global level given the widespread devotion to Bl Damien as unofficial patron of HIV/AIDS patients. Benedict XVI accepted 13 decrees of miracles, martyrdom and heroic virtue presented to...
  • Confirmed: Pope approves 'heroic virtues' of Knights of Columbus founder

    03/16/2008 1:40:57 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 307+ views
    American Papist ^ | March 16, 2008
    From the Canadian Press, Vatican City press office: Pope Benedict on Saturday set the founder of the Knights of Columbus, one of the world's largest lay Catholic groups, on the path to possible beatification and sainthood, the Vatican said.The Pope recognized the "heroic virtues" of reverend Michael McGivney, who in 1882 created a fraternal society for Catholic men who suffered discrimination because of their religion and immigrant origins....The effort to canonize him was opened in 1997. That process received important support last year, when the Vatican's No. 2 official, Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone, celebrated mass at the Knights of Columbus...
  • Kissimmee FL Baptist edges emperor toward sainthood

    02/05/2008 1:54:12 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies · 55+ views
    CNA ^ | February 5, 2008
    Orlando, Feb 5, 2008 / 07:12 am (CNA).- Karl von Habsburg, the last emperor of the Austro-Hungarian Empire moved a step closer to sainthood last week, the Orlando Sentinel reports.  A Florida woman has claimed that by praying for the intercession of the emperor, she was cured from breast cancer.The Baptist woman from Kissimmee, Florida received the ruler’s holy card from a friend, Paula Melancon, who became interested in Emperor von Habsburg on a trip to Europe.  The cancer sufferer prayed that Karl intercede on her behalf.Doctors as well as a judicial tribunal of the Diocese of Orlando agreed that...
  • 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...
  • Miracle brings nun closer to sainthood

    10/23/2007 7:27:53 AM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies · 55+ views
    Religion and Spirituality ^ | October 22, 2007
    A second reported miracle brings sainthood one step closer to Australia's Blessed Mary MacKillop. Sister Maria Casey, vice-postulator of MacKillop's cause for sainthood, announced the recovery of a woman who was on her deathbed may elevate MacKillop to full sainthood, the Sydney Morning Herald reported Monday in a story carried by Catholic News. Rosa, who does not want her last name revealed, lay in a coma, suffering multiple organ failure from breast cancer. On the night she recovered, coincidentally MacKillop's feast day, her family prayed to Australia's saint-in-waiting for her intercession. Father Raphael Beltrame left to await the call from...
  • Widower pursues sainthood for wife

    09/11/2007 1:44:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies · 269+ views
    Post Gazette ^ | September 11, 2007 | Ann Rodgers
    There are men who say, "My wife is a saint for putting up with me." But an Ohio man, Jerome Coniker, may prove it. The Vatican has given approval to pursue sainthood for his late wife, Gwen, who was 62 when she died in June 2002. "When the church looks for sanctity, they don't seek phenomenal signs or revelations or apparitions. They just look for the virtuous life. She sure qualifies for that," said Mr. Coniker, co-founder with her of the Apostolate for Family Consecration in Bloomingdale, Ohio. Together they raised 12 children, and have 65 grandchildren. A 10 a.m....
  • 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...
  • Sainthood sought for Gallitzin

    03/10/2007 11:29:43 AM PST · by Cavalcabo · 28 replies · 365+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | 3-10-07 | Ann Rodgers
    Tomorrow in Loretto's Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel, Frank and Betty Seymour will present Bishop Joseph Adamec with the petition for sainthood for Father Demetrius Gallitzin, an 18th century Russian prince who converted to Catholicism and became a pioneering missionary in Western Pennsylvania. "He literally gave up everything to pursue a life of extraordinary hardship, in order to plant the Catholic church here on this frontier," said Betty Seymour, a retired teacher from Loretto, Cambria County. Her research, with that of her husband, has made them "co-postulators," or head researchers, of Father Gallitzin's cause for canonization. The ceremony at...
  • Sainthood exam for John Paul II ends

    03/10/2007 6:30:11 AM PST · by NYer · 13 replies · 357+ views
    AP ^ | March 10, 2007
    The Rome diocese has wrapped up its examination of Pope John Paul II's virtues and life, an important step in the Catholic Church's process that could lead to sainthood for the late pontiff.Rome Cardinal Camillo Ruini said Saturday he had been informed that completion of work by the diocese on the cause for beatification and sainthood will be marked with a ceremony in St. John's Lateran Basilica on April 2 in the capital. The date is the second anniversary of John Paul's death.All pontiffs serve as bishop of Rome, and so the diocese examined "the life, virtues and reputation for...
  • Rome office issues prayer cards, relics to promote sainthood for JPII

    02/28/2007 10:10:14 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies · 509+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | February 26, 2007
    ROME (CNS) -- The Rome diocesan office charged with promoting the sainthood cause of Pope John Paul II continues to distribute the official prayer cards for the cause and the only authorized relics, an office spokeswoman said. "We receive dozens of requests each day and the distribution continues," she told Catholic News Service Feb. 26. The relic is a small piece of one of the white cassocks worn by Pope John Paul. The free cards and relics can be requested by letter, fax or e-mail, she said. The e-mail address is:; the fax number is: (39-06) 6888-6240. The mailing...
  • Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen's cause

    01/11/2007 12:25:34 PM PST · by NYer · 17 replies · 544+ views
    Curt Jester ^ | January 11, 2007 | Jeff Miller
    Via Cosmos-Liturgy-SexArchbishop Fulton Sheen’s Cause for Canonization has been moving forward quite well lately. I hear that it appears that the miracle needed for his beatification will be found among those which have been pouring in recently (one of them, which I believe may already have been verified, was from a woman from my parish). A concern is that since he was such a prolific writer, the review of his voluminous writings may not be completed for some time and could, therefore, delay the process.For the review process, each document must be reviewed by two qualified persons. Qualified means: a...
  • 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 José 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...
  • Canonization of Bl. Mother Guerin to be broadcast live on EWTN

    10/10/2006 7:52:08 AM PDT · by Military family member · 5 replies · 466+ views
    EWTN ^ | Oct. 10, 2006 | Military Family Member
    EWTN will broadcast live Canonization of Rafael Guizar; Fillippo Smaldone; Rosa Venerini; and Blessed Mother Theodore Guerin from Rome (2 ˝ HOURS) LIVE
  • El Paso native will be considered for sainthood (Archbishop Sheen alert!)

    07/24/2006 7:48:55 AM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies · 550+ views
    PEORIA - Copies of a report on an alleged miracle that took place in 1999 through the intercession of the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen were signed and sealed Sunday by Roman Catholic Church officials. The 500-page report and supporting documents will now be delivered to Rome by canon lawyer Andrea Ambrosi, postulator of the cause to have Sheen recognized as a saint. There, Ambrosi will argue to a Vatican panel that this case and another being prepared in the Diocese of Pittsburgh are evidence of Sheen's sainthood. Sheen, who was born in the Woodford County town of El Paso...
  • 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...
  • He died with his men – Sainthood cause begins for Vietnam chaplain

    05/30/2006 8:21:50 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 8 replies · 1,248+ views
    WASHINGTON (National Catholic Register) — This Memorial Day, you can pray to the Maryknoll priest they called “The Grunt Padre.” On May 21 at the Memorial Day Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., Father Vincent Capodanno received the title Servant of God. The Vietnam War Navy chaplain was a Medal of Honor winner. At the Mass, Archbishop Edwin O’Brien, head of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, officially opened the cause for canonization for Father Capodanno, who died heroically in Vietnam on Sept. 4, 1967, during a fierce battle in Operation...