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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

A photo of Msgr. Bernard Quinn at the Immaculate Conception Center in Queens, New York City, June 2019.

Brooklyn diocese advances sainthood cause of local priest

Jun 25, 2019

The Bishop of Brooklyn accepted last week the findings of a nine-year diocesan investigation into the life of Monsignor Bernard... Read more

Venerable Augustus Tolton.

Fr. Augustus Tolton, former African American slave, advances toward sainthood

Jun 12, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Fr. Augustus Tolton advanced along the path to sainthood Wednesday, making the runaway slave-turned-priest one step closer to being the... Read more

Six of the seven martyred bishops who will be beatified in Blaj, Romania, June 2, 2019. Courtesy photos.

Pope Francis will beatify these martyred Greek-Catholic bishops in Romania

May 30, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Sunday in Blaj, Pope Francis will beatify seven Greek-Catholic bishops of Romania who were killed by the communist regime... Read more

Blessed Dulce Lopes Pontes.

Woman who served Brazil’s poorest to be canonized

May 14, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis Tuesday gave his approval for eight sainthood causes to proceed, including that of Bl. Dulce Lopes Pontes, a... Read more

A Romanian stamp featuring Bishop Iuliu Hossu of the Romanian Diocese of Cluj-Gherla, who was among the seven bishops whose martyrdom was recognized by the pope March 19, 2019. Public domain.

Seven 20th-century Romanian bishops declared martyrs

Mar 19, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis declared Tuesday the martyrdom of seven Greek-Catholic bishops killed by the communist regime in Romania in the mid-20th... Read more

Pope Francis at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, May 2, 2018.

Pope advances sainthood causes of 17 women

Jan 15, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis approved Tuesday the next step in the canonization causes of 17 women from four countries, including the martyrdom... Read more

The Mass of Beatification of Pierre Claverie and his 18 companions, said at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Cross in Oran, Dec. 8, 2018.

Nineteen Algerian martyrs beatified

Dec 10, 2018

Bishop Pierre Claverie and his 18 companions, who were martyred in Algeria between 1994 and 1996, were beatified Saturday during... Read more

Pierre Claverie and his 18 companions, who will be beatified in Oran, Algeria, Dec. 8, 2018. Courtesy Eglise catholique d'Algerie.

The Algerian martyrs shed their blood for Christ, pope says

Dec 7, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Ahead of the beatification Saturday of Bishop Pierre Claverie and his 18 companions, who were martyred in Algeria between 1994... Read more

Pierre Claverie and his 18 companions, who will be beatified in Oran, Algeria, Dec. 8, 2018. Courtesy Eglise catholique d'Algerie.

Algerian martyrs are models for the Church, archbishop says

Nov 16, 2018

Archbishop Paul Desfarges of Algiers has said that Bishop Pierre Claverie and his 18 companions, who were martyred in Algeria... Read more

A state of Blessed Francesco Spinelli.

Francesco Spinelli to be canonized after healing of a newborn in DR Congo

Oct 9, 2018

Among those being canonized on Sunday are Fr. Franceso Spinelli, a diocesan priest through whose intercession a newborn was saved... Read more

Algerian martyrs to be beatified in December

Sep 14, 2018

The Algerian bishops' conference has announced that the beatification of Bishop Pierre Claverie and his 18 companions, who were martyred... Read more

Then-Archbishop Giovanni Angelo Becciu speaks with journalists aboard the papal flight to Colombo, Jan. 12, 2015. Becciu was made a cardinal June 28, 2018.

Now a cardinal, Giovanni Angelo Becciu heads to congregation for saints' causes

Jun 28, 2018

By Elise Harris

Newly-minted Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu will resign from his post as substitute of the Secretariat of State tomorrow, in anticipation... Read more

Pope Francis addresses paralympians in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican on Oct. 4, 2014.

Pope Francis creates new path to beatification under ‘offering of life’

Jul 11, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Tuesday Pope Francis declared a new category of Christian life suitable for consideration of beatification called “offering of life”... Read more

A view of the facade of St. Peter's Basilica from the Vaticans Apostolic Palace.

Twentieth century Polish nurse among causes advancing toward sainthood

Jul 7, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis on Friday approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Hanna Chrzanowska, a Polish nurse and... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.

Sainthood causes advance, including layman who resisted fascism

Jun 17, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis on Friday recognized the heroic virtue of six persons on the path to canonization, as well as the... Read more

Venerable Solanus Casey. (CC 3.0). Servant of God Nguyen Van Thuan.

Solanus Casey, Cardinal Van Thuan among those advanced toward sainthood

May 4, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis on Thursday approved decrees of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints advancing the causes for canonization of... Read more

Blessed Francisco and Jacinta Marto.

Pope clears way for canonization of Fatima visionaries

Mar 23, 2017

By Elise Harris

On Thursday Pope Francis approved the second and final miracle needed to canonize Blessed Francisco and Jacinta Marto, two of... Read more

Pope Francis says a Mass of Beatification in St. Peter's Square, Oct. 19, 2014.

Surgeon and father among sainthood causes moving forward

Feb 27, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis recognized on Monday the heroic virtue of eight persons on the path to canonization, including an Italian surgeon... Read more