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Pope Francis in the Pope Paul VI Hall, Dec. 13, 2017.

Pope Francis: The Gospel is a call to holiness in concrete actions

Jan 5, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Gospel is more than a nice story – it is the concrete revelation of God’s plan for the world... Read more

Irving Houle. Photo courtesy of the Irving Houle Association.

Was this Michigan grandfather on a mission from God?

Jul 5, 2019

Irving “Francis” Houle was a Michigan father of five known for his holy life. He appeared to bear the stigmata,... Read more

How a teen who fought a tumor showed 'you can be holy living your daily life'

Aug 19, 2018

A young woman whose cause for sainthood is being considered by the Church demonstrated by her life that “you can... Read more

Black Elk, daughter Lucy Black Elk and wife Anna Brings White. Public Domain.

Black Elk sainthood cause advances with US bishops' vote

Nov 14, 2017

The sainthood cause for Lakota medicine man and Catholic catechist Nicholas Black Elk took another step forward today, as the... Read more

Pope John Paul I.

It's official: John Paul I moves forward on path to sainthood

Nov 9, 2017

By Elise Harris

The Vatican on Thursday announced that Albino Luciani – better know as Pope John Paul I – has moved forward... 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

Princess Diana.

Priest related to Princess Diana on the path to sainthood

Aug 31, 2016

A relative of Princess Diana, Prince William and Prince Harry has moved one step closer to sainthood.    Read more

General audience with Pope Francis on March 18, 2015.

How do you become a saint? Pope Francis gives a hint

Sep 12, 2015

Find someone who has never spoken ill of another person, someone who has never judged another – and they would... Read more

St. Therese of Lisieux and her sister Leonia Guerin. Public Domain Photos.

St. Therese of Lisieux's 'difficult' sister is on the road to sainthood

Feb 21, 2015

The “difficult” sister of St. Therese of Lisieux is on the road to sainthood, a reminder – according to her... Read more

Mons. Jesus Delgado, late San Salvador Archbishop Romero's secretary, speaks to reporters at the Vatican Press Office, Feb. 4, 2015.

Archbishop Romero had no interest in liberation theology, says secretary

Feb 21, 2015

Although liberation theology proponents visited Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero and left him their books, he was never swayed by their... Read more

Archbishop Fulton Sheen.

Suspension of Fulton Sheen's cause expected to be temporary

Sep 4, 2014

By Elise Harris

In the wake of the suspension of Archbishop Fulton Sheen's cause for canonization due to an ownership dispute of his... Read more

Pope Paul VI Visits Geneva to Address ILO Conference on Fiftieth Anniversary, June 10, 1969.

Vatican theologians recognize miracle attributed to Paul VI

Feb 24, 2014

The consulting theologians of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints have approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in Saint Peter's Square during his general audience on Oct. 23, 2013.

Sainthood causes of over 100 martyrs advanced by Pope

Feb 8, 2014

The Pope has approved the advancement of the causes for canonization of over one hundred lay Catholics persecuted for their... Read more

Peter Faber.

Pope Francis declares sainthood of early Jesuit, Peter Faber

Dec 17, 2013

Pope Francis recognized the sainthood of early Jesuit Peter Faber on Dec. 17 after holding a private audience with Cardinal... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square before the Wednesday general audience October 30, 2013.

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

Nov 1, 2013

On the Feast of All Saints, Pope Francis stressed that the saints are not “supermen” who are “born perfect,” but... Read more

G. K. Chesterton.

Possible sainthood cause for Chesterton sparks excitement

Aug 8, 2013

By Kevin J. Jones

Devotees of the English writer and Catholic apologist G.K. Chesterton rejoiced at the news that a Catholic bishop in England... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square for his installation on March 19, 2013.

Pope moves queen, Italian laywoman closer to sainthood

May 3, 2013

Pope Francis has approved miracles attributed to a Sicilian queen and a 20th-century Italian laywoman, placing them one step closer... Read more

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Pope advances sainthood causes for persecuted Catholics

Mar 28, 2013

Pope Francis has approved moving ahead with 16 causes for sainthood, which include multiple 20th-century martyrs, the foundress of a... Read more

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John Paul II's canonization progress remains confidential

Feb 22, 2013

The Vatican’s continuing work on Blessed John Paul II’s cause for sainthood cannot currently be made public, said the prefect... Read more

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Sainthood cause for young Spanish catechist moves forward

May 31, 2012

The diocesan phase has concluded for the sainthood cause of Rebeca Rocamora, a Spanish catechist who died in 1996 at... Read more