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Robert Schuman in August 1949. Credit: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-19000-2453 (CC-BY-SA 3.0)

Vatican official: Pope to advance sainthood cause of EU 'founding father' Robert Schuman

Pope Francis could declare venerable the French statesman Robert Schuman, a key “founding father” of the European Union, a Vatican... Read more

Father Emil Kapaun celebrates Mass using the hood of a Jeep as his altar on Oct. 7, 1950.

Father Kapaun's remains to return to Kansas, family says

The remains of Servant of God Father Emil Kapaun, army chaplain and hero of the Korean War, will return to... Read more

Fr. Kapaun with his pipe. Courtesy of the Diocese of Wichita

Medal of Honor chaplain Fr Emil Kapaun's body identified, as sainthood inquiry continues

Department of Defense investigators have identified the remains of U.S. Army chaplain and Servant of God Fr. Emil Kapaun among... Read more

Shahbaz Bhatti, who was assassinated March 2, 2011, speaks at a 2010 press conference in Islamabad.

'He refused to be silent.' What a slain Pakistani religious freedom advocate can teach the world

Ten years after his assassination, various world leaders have praised the life and death of Shahbaz Bhatti, a Pakistan cabinet... Read more

Mother Mary Potter (1847-1913). Public domain.

English Catholic bishop asks for prayers for cause of religious sister who cared for the sick

An English Catholic bishop has appealed for prayers to advance the cause of a religious sister who devoted her life... Read more

Servant of God Wanda Błeńska (1911-2014).

Beatification cause of ‘mother of lepers’ opens in Poland

The beatification cause of a Polish missionary doctor known as the “mother of lepers” was opened Sunday.   Read more

Br. Modestino da Pietrelcina.

Beatification cause opened for spiritual son of Padre Pio

An Italian archbishop has opened the cause for beatification of a Capuchin friar and spiritual son of St. Padre Pio.  Read more

Venerable Fulton Sheen.

Venerable Fulton Sheen to be beatified in December

The Diocese of Peoria announced Monday that Venerable Fulton Sheen will be beatified this December at the city's Cathedral of... Read more

Venerable Stefan Wyszynski, Archbishop of Gniezno and Warsaw from 1948 to 1981, who will be beatified June 7, 2020.

Venerable Stefan Wyszynski to be beatified in June

Venerable Stefan Wyszyński, Archbishop of Gniezno and Warsaw from 1948 to 1981, will be beatified in Warsaw June 7, 2020,... Read more

John Bradburne with Jeromia at the Mutemwa Leper Settlement. Photo courtesy of the John Bradburne Memorial Society.

Zimbabwean bishops reportedly approve beatification cause of lay missionary

The bishops' conference of Zimbabwe approved Wednesday the opening of the cause for canonization of John Bradburne, a lay missionary... Read more

Guadalupe Ortiz de Landázuri.

Life of Spanish chemistry professor shows 'holiness is in the ordinary'

Guadalupe Ortiz de Landázuri, a Spanish member of Opus Dei who is moving toward beatification, teaches us that sanctity can... Read more

Carlo Acutis.

Venerable Carlo Acutis: A patron of computer programmers?

Carlo Acutis, who died of leukemia at the age of 15, offering his suffering for the pope and for the... Read more

Venerable Fulton Sheen.

Civil court rules Fulton Sheen’s remains can go to Peoria

The Superior Court of New York ruled Friday in favor of Joan Sheen Cunningham, who had petitioned to move the... Read more

People pray before the tomb of Servant of God Julia Greeley following Mass on June 7, 2018. Photo by Anya Semenoff/Denver Catholic.

Denver celebrates Mass on 100th anniversary of Julia Greeley's death

The Archdiocese of Denver hosted a special Mass on Thursday in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the death of... Read more

G.K. Chesterton. Public Domain.

GK Chesterton's sainthood cause may soon be opened

As an investigation into the life of Catholic apologist G.K. Chesterton nears a close, admirers of the English writer voiced... Read more

Venerable John Paul I.

Who was Albino Luciani, the 'smiling Pope'?

Last week Albino Luciani, better known by his papal name, John Paul I, took the next step on the path... Read more

Pope John Paul I.

New book reveals details of John Paul I’s death

A new book discloses details about the death of Pope John Paul I – who died in 1978 after just... Read more

Sixty Vincentians martyred during Spanish Civil War to be beatified

Next Saturday 60 members of the Vincentian Order who were martyred during the Spanish Civil War will be beatified at... Read more

Cardinal's zucchetto.

Pioneering missionary bishop to China considered for beatification

A cardinal who helped change Catholic missionary work in China is now a possible candidate for beatification.  Read more

Mary Alphonsa, Mother Superior of the Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne.

Why Nathaniel Hawthorne's daughter is now called a Servant of God

Nathaniel Hawthorne added the “w” to his last name because one of his ancestors was John Hathorne, a Salem witch... Read more