Cause for Beatification

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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

Fr. Stanley Rother.

Father Stanley Rother: The first US-born martyr

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

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

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

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

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

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

Archbishop Fulton Sheen, who died in 1979 and whose cause for beatification is open.

Vatican theologians acknowledge Archbishop Sheen miracle

Beloved media personality Archbishop Fulton Sheen is one step closer to beatification after a panel of Vatican theologians unanimously recognized... Read more

Pope Paul VI Visits Geneva to Address ILO Conference on Fiftieth Anniversary, June 10, 1969.

Vatican congregation approves miracle attributed to Paul VI

The beatification cause of Pope Paul VI has advanced with the Congregation for the Causes of Saints giving unanimous approval... Read more


Beatification cause imminent for auxiliary bishop of Madrid

The Archdiocese of Madrid has announced that this fall, the beatification cause of Auxiliary Bishop Eugenio Romero Pose will officially... Read more

A portrait of Father Matteo Ricci in Guangqi Park, Shanghai, China.

Relations with China affect timing of Matteo Ricci cause

Approval for the beatification of the Italian Jesuit missionary Matteo Ricci, who ministered in China 500 years ago, depends to... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square for his installation on March 19, 2013.

Pope moves queen, Italian laywoman closer to sainthood

Pope Francis has approved miracles attributed to a Sicilian queen and a 20th-century Italian laywoman, placing them one step closer... Read more

Fr. Joseph Walijewski. Courtesy of the Fr. Walijewski Guild.

Wisconsin missionary priest's path to sainthood begins

The Diocese of La Crosse has opened the beatification cause of Wisconsin priest Father Joseph Walijewski on March 19, a... Read more

Fr. Aloysius Ellacuria, C.M.F. Courtesy of Fr. Kevin Manion.

California priest inspires push for beatification cause

Basque-born priest Fr. Aloysius Ellacuria, a reputed miracle worker who ministered in Los Angeles for decades until his death in... Read more

Portrait of Father Flanagan created by Boys Town alum Paul Otera, courtesy of the Archdiocese of Omaha

Boys Town founder to be named Servant of God

Father Edward Flanagan, the founder of the famous Boys Town orphanage, will be declared a “Servant of God” next month... Read more