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Fr Rother.

Fr. Stanley Rother, first US-born martyr, to be beatified in September

Mar 13, 2017

Father Stanley Rother, the Oklahoma-born martyr who served as a priest in Guatemala, will be beatified in Oklahoma City on... Read more

Samurai.

Samurai martyr beatified in Japan

Feb 8, 2017

A 17th century Catholic Samurai and martyr was beatified during a Mass in ‎Osaka, Japan on Tuesday.  Read more

Banners of the Albanian and Vatican flags in Tirana in preparation for Pope Francis' Sept. 21, 2014 visit.

In Albania, the Church honors martyrs of the communist era

Nov 2, 2016

During 40 years of communist rule in Albania – which in 1967 declared itself the first completely atheist country in... Read more

Fr. Jacques Hamel, who was killed while saying Mass by Islamic State terrorists July 26, 2016.

Pope Francis green-lights opening of Fr. Jacques Hamel beatification process

Oct 2, 2016

By Elise Harris

The French diocese of Rouen has officially begun an inquiry into the beatification of French priest Jacques Hamel, killed by... Read more

Pope Francis says the Mass of Canonization for the Martins, Father Grossi, and Sister Maria in St. Peter's Square, Oct. 18, 2015.

The Vatican is changing how it verifies miracles

Sep 23, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

Changes to the regulations for confirming alleged miracles during the causes of saints aim to preserve the scientific rigor of... Read more

Archbishop Fulton Sheen's beatification cause could soon be moving forward

Jun 15, 2016

By Kevin J. Jones

The stalled beatification cause of Archbishop Fulton Sheen could soon resume, thanks to a petition by his family members weighing... Read more

Pope Francis speaks at a consistory for the canonization of several blesseds at the Consistory Hall of the Vatican's Apostolic Palace, June 27, 2015.

Pope Francis approves new rules for financial oversight of saints' causes

Mar 10, 2016

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis has issued new guidelines for ensuring financial transparency in advancing causes of beatification and canonization, requiring both an... Read more

Wild West Ghost Town.

Nuns, guns and the Wild West – the extraordinary tale of Sr. Blandina

Aug 1, 2015

By Mary Farrow

Billy the Kid, a notorious bank and stage-coach robber of the Wild West, met his match in the most unlikely... Read more

Solar halo at Beatification Mass for Archbishop Oscar Romero in San Salvador, El Salvador on May 23, 2015.

A supernatural sign? Rare solar halo appears at Romero beatification

Jun 1, 2015

By Elise Harris

As the relics of Blessed Oscar Romero were brought out for veneration during his beatification Mass in San Salvador, the... Read more

Archbishop Oscaro Romero with young people in El Salvador in this undated file photo. Photo courtesy of Arzobispado de San Salvador/Oficina de la Causa de Canonizacion.

Pope: Oscar Romero was a martyr who fought violence with love

May 23, 2015

By Elise Harris

On the day of Oscar Romero’s beatification in San Salvador, Pope Francis sent a letter to the current archbishop, praising... Read more

A pilgim carries a banner of Oscar Romero in San Salvador on May 22, 2015.

History versus caricature: 3 facts that show us the real Romero

May 22, 2015

The beloved Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero was beatified El Salvador this weekend amid both celebration and what one critic calls... Read more

Archbishop Oscaro Romero.

Archbishop Romero, Salvadoran martyr, to be beatified May 23

Mar 11, 2015

May 23 will be the beatification date for El Salvador’s Archbishop Oscar Romero, an outspoken advocate for the poor and... Read more

Archbishop Oscaro Romero.

Oscar Romero to be beatified: Pope Francis recognizes martyrdom

Feb 3, 2015

Pope Francis on Tuesday authorized the promulgation of decrees recognizing the martyrdom of Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero, paving the way... Read more