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Michelle Duppong, about whom the Diocese of Bismarck has opened an investigation with a view to a cause for beatification.

Did a saint work in Catholic campus ministry? Bismarck diocese opens inquiry for Michelle Duppong

Jun 20, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Michelle Duppong was a North Dakota Catholic woman who lived such an exemplary life of faith, joy, and campus missionary... Read more

Maria Aristea Ceccarelli.

Woman who endured neglect and abuse declared venerable by Pope Francis

Apr 12, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Maria Aristea Ceccarelli’s parents married her off to a man who treated her like an indentured servant. Read more

Twenty of the Dominicans martyred during the Spanish Civil War who will be beatified June 18 in the Seville Cathedral.

27 Dominican martyrs of Spanish Civil War to be beatified in June

Mar 9, 2022

By ACI Prensa

On June 18 the Seville Cathedral will host the beatification of 27 Dominican martyrs of the Spanish Civil War. Read more

Sister Bernardita de la Inmaculada Sesso, who died Dec. 12, 2001.

Beatification cause of Sister Bernardita de la Inmaculada Sesso advances

Feb 10, 2022

By Giselle Vargas

The Argentine bishops’ representative for the causes of saints, Bishop Santiago Olivera of the Military Diocese, presented in Rome Feb.... Read more

Akash Bashir, who has been named a Servant of God.

Akash Bashir, who died protecting Catholic worshippers in Pakistan, named a Servant of God

Feb 1, 2022

By Katie Yoder

When a suicide bomber attempted to enter a Catholic church in Pakistan in 2015, a 20-year-old  volunteer security guard blocked... Read more

Dorothy Day.

Evidence for Dorothy Day’s sainthood cause sent to the Vatican

Dec 10, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

More than a dozen boxes containing evidence of Servant of God Dorothy Day’s reputation for holiness are on their way... Read more

Father Thomas Dailey, O.S.F.S.; Philadelphia Archbishop Nelson J. Perez; Msgr. Gerald Mesure, archdiocesan chancellor; and Father Sean Bransfield, vice chancellor, hold the official documents for the canonization cause of Father Bill Atkinson during the closing ceremony on Oct. 19, 2021.

Father Bill Atkinson canonization cause completes first phase, moves onto Rome

Oct 22, 2021

By Autumn Jones

Father Bill Atkinson, an Augustinian priest from Philadelphia who died in 2006, is one step closer in the cause for... Read more

“We are here today to provide for him what was not provided for him 70 years ago, a Mass of Christian burial,” said Bishop Carl A. Kemme during the funeral Mass on Wednesday, Sept. 29, in Park City, Kansas. “And, though we are all praying for his intercession, we must nevertheless pray for his repose as we do for all the dead. This is our Christian duty as we bring him to his new place of rest.”

PHOTOS: POW Father Emil Kapaun honored, laid to rest in funeral Mass

Sep 30, 2021

By Autumn Jones

On Wednesday, the Diocese of Wichita held a funeral Mass and procession honoring Servant of God Emil Kapaun at the... Read more

Bishop Carl Kemme of Wichita performs the absolution over the coffin of Fr. Emil Kapaun after his funeral Mass at Hartman Arena in Park City, Kan., Sept. 29, 2021.

Father Kapaun imitated Christ's love 'throughout his ministry', bishop says at funeral Mass

Sep 29, 2021

By CNA Staff

During Wednesday's funeral Mass for Father Emil Kapaun, the Bishop of Wichita called the U.S. Army chaplain who died in... Read more

The Diocese of Wichita held a funeral vigil and rosary for Father Emil Kapaun on Tuesday, Sept. 28, at Hartman Arena in Park City, Kansas.

PHOTOS: Funeral vigil for Father Emil Kapaun

Sep 29, 2021

By Autumn Jones

On Tuesday, the Diocese of Wichita held a vigil and rosary for Servant of God Father Emil Kapaun, who died... Read more

A coffin containing the remains of Fr. Emil Kapaun is taken to the front of St. John Nepomucene Church in Pilsen, Kan., Sept. 25, 2021.

Watch: Father Emil Kapaun's funeral Mass

Sep 29, 2021

By Autumn Jones

The Diocese of Wichita will hold a rosary and vigil for Servant of God Father Emil Kapaun on Tuesday, Sept.... Read more

Veterans precede a motorcade for Fr. Emil Kapaun's remains outside his hometown church, St. John Nepomucene, in Pilsen, Kan., Sept. 25, 2021.

Father Kapaun's remains returned to Kansas

Sep 25, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

The remains of Servant of God Fr. Emil Kapaun returned to his hometown of Pilsen, Kansas on Saturday, ahead of... Read more

Venerable Fulton Sheen.

Venerable Fulton Sheen 'should be made a saint', says Peoria coadjutor bishop

Aug 25, 2021

By Kate Scanlon

Proponents of the beatification of Venerable Fulton Sheen are still searching for answers about the cause, nearly two years after... Read more

Fr. Patrick Ryan. Public domain.

Body of Tennessee priest on path to canonization reburied in basilica

Aug 2, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

The body of Servant of God Patrick Ryan, a Tennessee priest who died in 1878 caring for victims of the... Read more

Venerable Augustus Tolton.

Venerable Augustus Tolton a model of handling racial injustice, Philly archbishop says

Jul 1, 2021

By CNA Staff

Venerable Augustus Tolton, the first widely recognized African-American priest, is a model for how to overcome racism and persecution, the... Read more

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

Apr 16, 2021

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

Apr 15, 2021

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

Mar 5, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

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

Mar 4, 2021

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

Feb 12, 2021

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