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Br. Modestino da Pietrelcina.

Beatification cause opened for spiritual son of Padre Pio

Sep 17, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Nov 18, 2019

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

Oct 22, 2019

By Courtney Mares

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

May 2, 2019

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'

Dec 22, 2018

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?

Jul 6, 2018

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

Jun 9, 2018

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

Jun 8, 2018

By Perry West

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

May 29, 2018

By Perry West

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’?

Nov 17, 2017

By Elise Harris

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

Nov 6, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Nov 4, 2017

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

Aug 10, 2017

By Andrea Gagliarducci

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

Jul 11, 2017

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

Fr. Stanley Rother.

Father Stanley Rother: The first US-born martyr

Dec 2, 2016

Pope Francis has recognized the martyrdom of Father Stanley Rother, a priest of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City who served... Read more

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

Pakistani diocese opens cause for Shahbaz Bhatti to be declared a martyr

Mar 2, 2016

Marking the fifth anniverary of the assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti on Wednesday, a Pakistani diocese has opened a process of... Read more

John Paul I, whose cause for beatification is open.

How Benedict XVI played a special role in a Pope's cause for sainthood

Oct 20, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

On his path to beatification, John Paul I can count on a very special supporter: Pope emeritus Benedict XVI.  Read more

The Titanic Sinking.

Priest who died on the Titanic could be on path to sainthood

Apr 14, 2015

When the Titanic began to sink on April 15, 1912, Father Thomas Byles had two opportunities to board a lifeboat.... Read more

Chiara Lubich, founder of the Focolare Movement.

Beatification cause opened for founder of Focolare movement

Jan 24, 2015

Bishop Rafaello Martinelli of Frascati, Italy, has announced that the beatification cause will be opened for the founder of the... Read more

Bishop Francis Hong Yong-ho of Pyongyang, who was disappeared by the North Korean regime in 1949.

North Korea could soon have its first saint: Hong Yong-ho

Aug 15, 2014

North Korea could in time have its first canonized saint, since last year the death of the Bishop of Pyongyang,... Read more