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Archbishop Teofilo Camemot, who died in 1988 as Coadjutor Archbishop Emeritus of Cagayan de Oro.

Canonization cause of Archbishop Teofilo Camomot advances

Nov 11, 2021

By Jose Torres, Jr.

The Theological Commission of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints affirmed Tuesday the heroic virtues of Archbishop Teofilo Camomot,... Read more

A pilgrim attends the canonization of St. John Henry Newman in Rome, Oct. 13, 2019.

Vatican regulates the role of postulator in saints’ causes

Oct 19, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The new regulations are designed partly to prevent conflicts of interest. Read more

The Martyrs of Zenta.

Argentine bishops welcome Vatican recognition of priests' 1683 martyrdom

Oct 15, 2021

By Giselle Vargas

Bishops in Argentina have welcomed the promulgation of a decree by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints that regards... Read more

Robert Schuman in August 1949. Credit: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-19000-2453 (CC-BY-SA 3.0)

EU founding father Robert Schuman declared 'venerable' by Pope Francis

Jun 19, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis has declared venerable the French statesman Robert Schuman, known as a key “founding father” of the European Union. Read more

A canonization ceremony in St. Peter’s Square, Oct. 15, 2017.

Pope Francis advances causes of China missionary, sister killed by Maoist guerrillas

May 22, 2021

The pope advanced the causes of seven people. Read more

Robert Schuman in August 1949. Credit: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-19000-2453 (CC-BY-SA 3.0)

Vatican official: Pope to advance sainthood cause of EU 'founding father' Robert Schuman

Apr 16, 2021

Pope Francis could declare venerable the French statesman Robert Schuman, a key “founding father” of the European Union, a Vatican... Read more

The statue of St. Peter holding the keys, outside St. Peter's Basilica.

Vatican’s saints office says it did not ask for money for beatification

Apr 14, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

“What was said is not true,” the undersecretary of the saints congregation wrote in an April 9 letter to the... Read more

Sr. Annelvira Ossoli, Sr. Vitarosa Zorza, and Sr. Danielangela Sorti, whose heroic virtues were recognized March 18, 2021. Credit: Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

Sainthood causes of three more religious sisters who died in Ebola outbreak advance

Mar 19, 2021

Among the seven clerics and religious whose heroic virtues were recognized by the Vatican on Thursday are three Italian religious... Read more

Swiss Franciscan Conventual Friar Léon Veuthey (1896-1974)

Sainthood cause advances of priest called ‘supernatural man’ by St. Maximilian Kolbe

Mar 18, 2021

The sainthood cause of a Swiss priest whose “supernatural conceptions” made an impression on St. Maximilian Kolbe has advanced, along... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Two 20th century Italians advance on the path to sainthood

Jan 21, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Two Italian contemporaries, a young priest who resisted the Nazis and was shot dead, and a seminarian who died at... Read more

Pope Francis.

Pope Francis advances sainthood causes of priests with early and late vocations

Nov 24, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis advanced Tuesday the sainthood causes of several men and women, including two Italian priests of the 20th century... Read more

Fr. Leonard Melki, pictured in Lebanon in 1911.

Pope Francis recognizes martyrdom of Lebanese priests killed under Ottoman Empire

Oct 28, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis Wednesday advanced the sainthood causes of nine men and women, including two Lebanese priests martyred under the Ottoman Empire.  Read more

Bishop Marcello Semeraro, the new prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

Pope Francis names new prefect of congregation for saints’ causes

Oct 15, 2020

Pope Francis named a new prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints Thursday after Cardinal Angelo Becciu’s dramatic... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square on Oct. 16, 2019.

Pope Francis recognizes miracle attributed to Italian laywoman who died in 1997

Sep 30, 2020

Pope Francis advanced the sainthood cause Tuesday of an Italian woman who died in 1997 after touching the lives of... Read more

Portrait of Father Michael J. McGivney by John Tierney.

Knights of Columbus founder to be beatified in October

Jul 24, 2020

Fr. Michael McGivney, the founder of the Knights of Columbus Catholic fraternal organization, will be beatified on October 31, the... Read more

A portrait of Fr. Michael J. McGivney, by Antonella Cappuccio. Courtesy of the Knights of Columbus

Knights of Columbus founder Fr. Michael McGivney to be beatified

May 27, 2020

Pope Francis approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of Fr. Michael J. McGivney Wednesday, paving the way for the... Read more

Matteo Farina (1990-2009).

Italian teen who died in 2009 declared ‘venerable’ by Pope Francis

May 6, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis Wednesday advanced the sainthood causes of five men and women, including an Italian teenager who died of a... Read more

Pope Francis greets religious sisters at a general audience Oct. 30, 2019.

Pope Francis: 'Holiness is the true light of the Church'

Dec 12, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said Thursday that the often hidden holiness lived out in everyday life is a true light within the... Read more

Father Edward Flanagan with baseball players at Boys Town. Photo courtesy of the Father Flanagan League.

Records on life of Father Flanagan, founder of Boys Town, presented at Vatican

Jul 23, 2019

By Carl Bunderson

The cause for canonization of Servant of God Edward Flanagan, the priest who founded Nebraska's Boys Town community for orphans... Read more

Archbishop Fulton Sheen.

Archbishop Fulton Sheen to be beatified

Jul 6, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis approved the miracle attributed to Archbishop Fulton Sheen Friday, making possible the American television catechist's beatification.  Read more