Beatification

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Pope John Paul I in an undated file photo.

Pope Francis to beatify ‘smiling pope’ John Paul I in September 2022

Dec 23, 2021

By CNA Staff

The pope who reigned for 33 days will be beatified in St. Peter’s Basilica. Read more

The beatification of Fr. Jan Macha in Katowice, Poland, Nov. 20, 2021.

Catholic priest guillotined by Nazis is beatified in Poland

Nov 20, 2021

By Luke Coppen

Fr. Jan Macha was executed in 1942, after serving just 1,257 days as a priest. Read more

Armida Barelli and Fr. Mario Ciceri.

Pioneer of faith-based feminism and WWII priest to be beatified in April

Nov 3, 2021

By CNA Staff

Armida Barelli and Fr. Mario Ciceri will be beatified at Milan Cathedral. Read more

The tomb of Blessed Carlo Acutis in Assisi, Italy.

Blessed Carlo Acutis’ doctors recall his last days in hospital

Oct 12, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Fifteen-year-old Carlo Acutis died within a week of being diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia, offering his suffering for the pope... Read more

The beatification of Fr. Giovanni Fornasini in Bologna, Italy, Sept. 26, 2021.

Heroic Catholic priest described as a ‘guardian angel’ in WWII is beatified

Sep 28, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Blessed Giovanni Fornasini was killed while trying to bury victims of a Nazi massacre. Read more

Cardinal Marcello Semeraro presides at the beatification of Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński and Mother Elżbieta Róża Czacka in Warsaw, Poland, Sept. 12, 2021.

Cardinal Wyszynski and Mother Czacka beatified in Poland

Sep 12, 2021

By Luke Coppen

Cardinal Marcello Semeraro said the new blesseds offered a ‘model of service.’ Read more

Karolina Gawrych and Sr. Nulla, healed respectively through the intercession of Mother Czacka and Cardinal Wyszyński.

Miracle recipients to attend beatification of Cardinal Wyszynski and Mother Czacka

Sep 6, 2021

By CNA Staff

Karolina Gawrych will carry the relics of Mother Czacka at the beatification ceremony. Read more

Sister Maria Laura Mainetti. Public domain.

Sr. Maria Laura Mainetti: Nun stabbed to death by three teenage girls is beatified

Jun 6, 2021

By CNA Staff

Sr. Maria Laura Mainetti was beatified on June 6, the anniversary of her murder, in Chiavenna, northern Italy. Read more

Polish Catholics mark 100 days to beatification of Cardinal Wyszynski

Jun 4, 2021

By CNA Staff

The former Primate of Poland who heroically resisted communism will be beatified on Sept. 12, Read more

Sister Maria Laura Mainetti. Public domain.

Countdown to beatification of martyred Italian nun begins with Eucharistic adoration

Jun 4, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Sr. Maria Laura Mainetti was stabbed to death by three teenage girls in the town of Chiavenna, Italy, in 2000. Read more

Francis Mary of the Cross Jordan is beatified at Rome’s Basilica of St. John Lateran, May 15, 2021.

Polyglot priest beatified after miraculous healing of unborn baby

May 15, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Francis Mary of the Cross was declared blessed at a Mass at the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran in Rome. Read more

Rosario Livatino.

Rosario Livatino beatified in Sicily, honored as ‘martyr of justice and faith’

May 9, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Blessed Rosario Livatino, a Catholic judge brutally killed by the mafia in 1990, was beatified Sunday in the Cathedral of... Read more

Pope Francis waves from the window of the Apostolic Palace on Feb. 7, 2021.

Pope Francis applauds beatification of monks who died protecting the Eucharist

Apr 18, 2021

By Courtney Mares

In his Regina Coeli address Sunday, Pope Francis applauded the beatification of six Cistercian monks who were martyred while trying... Read more

Armida Barelli.

Soon-to-be-beatified Italian woman pioneered faith-based feminism

Apr 15, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Armida Barelli, a lay Catholic leader who formed “generations of conscious and motivated women” in the faith, will be beatified... Read more

Notices highlight the death of Rosario Livatino in 1990. Credit: Rosario Livatino Study Center.

How a martyr killed by the mafia inspired a generation of Catholic lawyers

Jan 8, 2021

Soon-to-be Blessed Rosario Livatino was a Catholic judge brutally killed by the mafia in Sicily in 1990. Today his legal... Read more

Judge Rosario Livatino. Public domain.

Judge killed by mafia to be beatified

Dec 22, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis has recognized the martyrdom of Rosario Livatino, a judge who was brutally killed by the mafia on his... Read more

Portrait of Father Michael J. McGivney by John Tierney.

Named for Father Michael McGivney, Catholic high school eager to celebrate beatification

Oct 25, 2020

By Kevin J. Jones

The upcoming beatification of American priest Father Michael McGivney is a time for celebration and reflection for southern Illinois’ Father... Read more

Bishop Marcello Semeraro presides over the closing of the tomb of Blessed Carlo Acutis in Assisi, Italy, Oct. 19. 2020.

Blessed Carlo Acutis: 41,000 people visited Italian teen’s tomb amid beatification

Oct 20, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

More than 41,000 people visited Bl. Carlo Acutis’ tomb during the 19-day celebration of the Italian teen’s beatification, according to... Read more

The uncovered tomb of Blessed Carlo Acutis in Assisi, Italy.

Blessed Carlo Acutis’ tomb closes after extended time of public veneration

Oct 19, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The glass that has allowed pilgrims to view Blessed Carlo Acutis will be permanently covered Monday as the official multi-week... Read more