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Pope Francis praises the 'hidden holiness' of everyday saints

Dec 4, 2014 - 09:57 am .- Pope Francis cautioned against the false appearances of those who are proud or vain, saying that true holiness is found in the silent, everyday witness of the poor and humble.

Pope greets Indian community at Mass for newest saints

Nov 24, 2014 - 12:05 pm .- God's love is the “source” and “destination” of all holiness, said Pope Francis on Nov. 24, speaking of India's newly declared saints ahead of a Mass of thanksgiving in the Vatican.

Thinking of yourself won’t make you holy, but serving others will, Pope says

Nov 19, 2014 - 07:29 am .- In his weekly general audience address, Pope Francis said that holiness can never be selfish, but is a gift that must be put into practice through daily witness and attentiveness to the needs of others.

Pope Francis recognizes 'heroic virtue' of 12-year-old boy

Nov 8, 2014 - 01:18 pm .- Pope Francis advanced the sainthood causes for a 12-year-old Italian boy who died late 1970s as well as seven other men and women, recognizing all for their “heroic virtue.”

John Paul II 'taught me how to be a person,' secretary recounts

Oct 28, 2014 - 04:48 am .- Saint John Paul II’s deep love for the world and for God continues to inspire people today to draw near to Christ, teaching them not only about sanctity, but about humanity, say those who were close to the late Pope.  

Highways, byways and sinners: these are the missionary fields

Oct 12, 2014 - 04:17 am .- In his thanksgiving Mass for the canonization of two Canadian saints Pope Francis said that a true missionary goes out of himself, boldly bringing God’s message of love to all without distinction.

Faithful drawn by accessibility of St. Clare, basilica priest reflects

Aug 11, 2014 - 05:14 pm .- The Aug. 11 Feast of Saint Clare is an occasion for the people of Assisi to show their devotion to the beloved saint, with whom they feel a profound connection, said a local priest.

Pope surprises Jesuits for dinner on feast of Saint Ignatius

Aug 1, 2014 - 08:35 am .- In honor of the feast commemorating the founder of their order, Pope Francis made a last minute phone call to the head of the Jesuit General Curia expressing his desire to eat dinner with them.

Maria Goretti's greatest witness is forgiveness, priest observes

Jul 7, 2014 - 06:58 am .- Following St. Maria Goretti’s feast day, the rector of the basilica where her body resides stated that her willingness to forgive is her most prominent testimony, and that her virtue is an example for family life.

Pope's Sri Lanka trip will be January 13-15

Jun 11, 2014 - 08:04 am .- The coordinator of Sri Lankan migrants in Italy has confirmed the dates announced by Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith for Pope Francis’ 2015 visit, during which he could canonize Sri Lankan Blessed Joseph Vaz.

Scott Hahn explores power of saints, angels in modern life

May 28, 2014 - 04:26 am .- Noted Catholic convert and author Dr. Scott Hahn published a new book May 27 exploring the biblical roots and modern-day interventions of the angels and saints.

We are 'sinners in a Holy Church,' preaches Pope

May 9, 2014 - 05:04 am .- In his homily on Friday morning, Pope Francis reminded the congregation of the holiness of the Church that at the same time contains sinful members.

Pope receives sculpture of newly canonized 'Apostle of Brazil'

May 5, 2014 - 12:33 pm .- The Diocese of La Laguna on the Spanish island of Tenerife has sent Pope Francis a bronze sculpture of St. Jose of Anchieta to celebrate the Jesuit saint’s recent canonization.

Knights of Columbus host Mass for Polish pilgrims in Rome

Apr 26, 2014 - 05:39 am .- In honor of the canonizations of Bl. John Paul II and John XXIII the Knights donated two fields in Rome where Polish pilgrims can camp, initiating the weekend with a Mass led by their Supreme chaplain.

Scholar recounts black Catholics' rich history

Mar 29, 2014 - 06:03 am .- Black Catholics across the globe have dedicated their talents and their lives to their faith since earliest days of the Church, a Catholic author and scholar has said.

Personal notes underscore John Paul II's Marian devotion

Mar 12, 2014 - 06:02 am .- In private letters of Bl. John Paul II which have been published by his former secretary, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, the pontiff reflects on the three theological virtues, emphasizing that Mary is the highest example of each.

Pope advances the causes of eight possible Saints

Jan 28, 2014 - 04:36 am .- During a Monday meeting with the head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Pope Francis approved the “heroic virtue” of eight Servants of God, which now allows their public veneration.

Pope calls Feast of All Saints a 'day of hope'

Nov 3, 2013 - 02:53 pm .- Pope Francis offered Mass on All Saints’ Day at a Roman cemetery, preaching on the importance of hope in Christian life and death.

Pope Francis: Sanctity is for everyone, saints are not 'supermen'

Nov 1, 2013 - 12:29 pm .- On the Feast of All Saints, Pope Francis stressed that the saints are not “supermen” who are “born perfect,” but rather are ordinary people who followed God “with all their heart.”

Eastern Catholics to commemorate St. Andrew of Crete

Jun 30, 2013 - 06:04 am .- Celebrated by Eastern Catholics of the Byzantine tradition on July 4, Saint Andrew of Crete was a seventh-and eighth-century monk, bishop, and hymn-writer.

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