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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

The tomb of Blessed Carlo Acutis in Assisi, Italy.

Public veneration of Blessed Carlo Acutis’ tomb extended as pilgrims flock to Assisi

Oct 14, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The Diocese of Assisi announced Wednesday that the period of public veneration of Blessed Carlo Acutis has been extended until... Read more

Pope Francis waves from his window overlooking St. Peter’s Square during an Angelus address.

Pope Francis says Blessed Carlo Acutis is a model for young people to put God first

Oct 11, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said Sunday that the life of Blessed Carlo Acutis provides a witness for young people that true happiness... Read more

An image of Carlo Acutis was unveiled at his beatification Mass in Assisi, Italy Oct. 10, 2020.

Beatification of Carlo Acutis: The first millennial to be declared Blessed

Oct 10, 2020

By Courtney Mares

With the beatification of Carlo Acutis in Assisi Saturday, the Catholic Church now has its first “Blessed” who loved Super... Read more

Venerable Carlo Acutis.

Carlo Acutis loved the homeless, St. Francis of Assisi, and souls in purgatory

Oct 7, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Ahead of Carlo Acutis’ beatification this week, people who knew the young computer programmer shared their memories of his love... Read more

Carlo Acutis’ tomb is opened for public veneration in Assisi, Italy, Oct. 1, 2020. Photos courtesy of Assisi diocese.

Tomb of Carlo Acutis is opened for veneration ahead of beatification

Oct 1, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The tomb of Venerable Carlo Acutis was opened for public veneration Thursday ahead of the computer-programming teen’s beatification.   Read more

Carlo Acutis.

Carlo Acutis beatification will be a 17-day celebration in Assisi

Sep 24, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Assisi is celebrating the beatification of computer programming teen Carlo Acutis in October with more than two weeks of liturgies... Read more

Antonia Salzano, mother of Carlo Acutis. Screengrab: EWTN.

Mom of Carlo Acutis: Teen computer whiz was an ‘influencer’ for God

Sep 24, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Venerable Carlo Acutis, who will be beatified in Assisi Oct. 10, is an example of a teen who used the... Read more

A detail from a portrait of Fr. Francis Mary of the Cross Jordan.

Founder of Catholic religious order will be beatified in May

Sep 8, 2020

The Vatican has decreed that Fr. Francis Mary of the Cross Jordan, founder of the Salvatorians, will be beatified May... Read more

Carlo Acutis.

Mom of Carlo Acutis says son led her back to the Catholic faith 

Jun 16, 2020

While most Catholic mothers pray for their teenage sons, Antonia Acutis has the unique ability to pray to hers, the... Read more

Carlo Acutis.

Beatification date set for computer programming teen Carlo Acutis

Jun 13, 2020

Venerable Carlo Acutis, an Italian teenager and computer programmer who died in 2006, will be beatified October 10 in Assisi,... Read more