Jan 15, 2015 - 05:24 am .- In a surprise addition to his fall 2015 trip to the U.S., Pope Francis is planning to canonize the founder of California's first missions, Bl. Junipero Serra.
Jan 13, 2015 - 09:05 pm .- Pope Francis on Wednesday canonized Joseph Vaz, Sri Lanka’s first saint, praising the 17th century priest’s love for the Sri Lankan people, his “missionary zeal” and his example for all Christians.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.