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Meet Saint Nektarios – a philosopher, poet and miracle worker

Aug 5, 2015 - 04:01 am .- Buried in a hilltop monastery on a small Greek island, Saint Nektarios – one of the most widely known and venerated Greek Orthodox saints – draws thousands of pilgrims each year, and is known for his writings and miracles.

A fourth saint for the Little Flower family? Cause for Leonia Martin officially opens

Jul 3, 2015 - 06:26 am .- With a sister who is a Doctor of the Church and parents set to be canonized in October, Leonia Martin could be the fourth member of her family declared a saint as her own cause for canonization officially opens.

Pope Francis shares the secret of the saints: life in Christ's love

May 17, 2015 - 10:11 am .- Pope Francis canonized the Church’s four newest saints on Sunday, praising their loving witness to Jesus Christ’s Resurrection.

'Drinking with the Saints' – new book encourages Catholic fellowship, good spirits

May 6, 2015 - 04:25 am .- “I should like a great lake of beer for the King of Kings. I should like the angels of Heaven to be drinking it through time eternal.”

Be 'saints of this prison,' Bishop Conley tells inmates at Confirmation

Apr 1, 2015 - 12:28 pm .- On Tuesday of Holy Week, Bishop James Conley of Lincoln offered Mass and confirmed four inmates at the Nebraska State Penitentiary, encouraging those present to embrace God’s mercy and strive for sainthood.

Saints in the Little Flower family grow as parents set for canonization

Mar 4, 2015 - 03:39 pm .- Last week it was informally announced to journalists that the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, will be canonized this year in the same month as the synod on the family.

Satanism, Pompeii and the Rosary – a bizarre tale surrounds Francis' next trip

Mar 3, 2015 - 08:08 am .- Later this month Pope Francis will head to Pompeii: a city which lays claim to the curious story of a former Satanist priest – now on the way to sainthood – and his miracle-working Marian devotion.

Oscar Romero to be beatified: Pope Francis recognizes martyrdom

Feb 3, 2015 - 10:13 am .- Pope Francis on Tuesday authorized the promulgation of decrees recognizing the martyrdom of Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero, paving the way for his beatification, as well as the martyrdom of three priests in Peru.

American priest among saints causes advanced by Pope Francis

Jan 23, 2015 - 10:28 am .- Servant of God Aloysius Schwartz is one of the 11 causes for canonization that Pope Francis advanced yesterday, and will be granted the title “Venerable” with the pontiff’s recognition of his heroic virtue.

Pope Francis to canonize evangelizer of the Wild West

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.

Pope Francis lauds first Sri Lankan saint's undivided love for God

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.

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.

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