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Portraits hang from the facade of St. Peter's Basilica ahead of a Canonization Mass Oct. 12, 2018.

The Catholic Church’s new path to sainthood: What is ‘offering of life?’

For centuries, the Catholic Church has declared many different holy men and women to be saints through the strict legal... Read more

John Henry Newman by Sir John Everett Millais. public domain.

Blessed John Henry Newman to be canonized October 13

The Vatican announced Monday that Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman will be canonized on October 13 in Rome.  Read more

Blessed Dulce Lopes Pontes.

Woman who served Brazil’s poorest to be canonized

Pope Francis Tuesday gave his approval for eight sainthood causes to proceed, including that of Bl. Dulce Lopes Pontes, a... Read more

Archbishop José Horacio Gomez of Los Angeles at a press briefing at the Holy See Press Office, Oct. 22, 2015.

'We need to show young people what holiness looks like' Gomez tells synod

Young people should look to the “saints of our times,” as models of holiness, Archbishop José Gomez told the Synod... Read more

Pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square hold up an image of Saint Oscar Romero at his canonization Mass Oct. 14.

Pope Francis at canonization Mass: 'Jesus is radical'

"Jesus is radical,” Pope Francis said in his homily at the canonization of Pope Paul VI, Oscar Romero, and five... Read more

Banners depicting each of the new saints on dispaly at St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.

The Seven in Heaven: Meet the new saints to be canonized this weekend

Meet the seven people Pope Francis will officially recognize as saints of the Catholic Church on Sunday.  Read more

Mother Teresa circa 1994.

Head of Mother Teresa's order: she was like 'a mother to me'

For Sr. Mary Prema Pierick, Mother Teresa's impact did not come from her outward appearance, but from a personal encounter... Read more

Mass was held in St. Peter's Square for the canonization of 35 new saints Oct. 15, 2017.

Pope at canonization Mass: God never stops inviting us to the heavenly banquet

On Sunday, Pope Francis canonized 35 new saints in the Catholic Church, saying that no matter how often we reject... Read more

Jose Gabriel del Rosario Brochero. Public Domain via Wikipedia.

The tale of Fr. Brochero: Gaucho priest, devil's worst nightmare

If Jose Brochero doesn't sound like a Gaucho name, nothing does.  Read more

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How the upcoming canonization affirms the Fatima apparitions

The canonization of Fatima visionaries Francisco and Jacinta Marto has been hailed as an exciting moment for the Church, but... Read more

Blessed Francisco and Jacinta Marto.

Consistory announced to approve Fatima children's canonization

Pope Francis will hold an ordinary public consistory on April 20, where the cardinals of the Church are expected to... Read more

Tapestries of St. Stanislaus of Jesus and Mary and St. Maria Elizabeth Hesselblad during their June 5, 2016, canonization Mass in St. Peter's Square.

New saints show the power of Jesus' resurrection, Pope Francis says

St. Stanislaus of Jesus and Mary and St. Maria Elizabeth Hesselblad are key examples of how to unite oneself to... Read more

Mother Teresa around the year 1994.

It's official – Mother Teresa will be canonized September 4

After months of anticipation, the date of Mother Teresa’s canonization has finally been announced. It falls on Sept. 4, which... Read more

Interior of the Sagrada Familia.

Pope Francis wants the 'great mystic' Gaudi to become a saint

On Wednesday Pope Francis met with members of the organization in charge of promoting the cause for canonization of Antoni... Read more

Mother Teresa circa 1994.

It’s official! Mother Teresa is going to be canonized

After months of anticipation, the miracle allowing for the canonization of Bl. Mother Teresa of Calcutta has officially been approved... Read more

Pope Francis canonizes four new saints in St. Peter's Square on Oct. 18, 2015.

Pope Francis: Four new saints point to humility – not worldly power

On Sunday Pope Francis canonized four new saints, whose greatest legacy he said was their tireless imitation of Jesus in... Read more

Crowds gathered for the Mass canonizing Saint Junipero Serra at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C., Sept. 23, 2015.

Saint Junipero Serra's canonization an 'exciting time to be a Catholic'

Last week's Mass for the Canonization of Saint Junipero Serra, said by Pope Francis, proved to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity... Read more

Mother Teresa. Courtesy of Father Woody and Regis University.

Is this the miracle that could canonize Mother Teresa?

The Vatican is studying the case of a Brazilian man inexplicably cured of brain abscesses – which could be the... Read more

Tapestry of Sister Marie Alphonsine Danil Ghattas at St. Peter's Basilica May 16.

For Arab Christianity, new women saints give encouraging example

The Catholic Church’s celebration of the canonization of two new women saints from Palestine on Sunday helps recognize both women’s... Read more

Tapestries in St. Peter's Square show four saints canonized May 17: Marie Alphonsine Danil Ghattas, Jeanne Emilie de Villeneuve, Maria Cristina Brando, and Mariam Baouardy.

Pope Francis shares the secret of the saints: life in Christ's love

Pope Francis canonized the Church’s four newest saints on Sunday, praising their loving witness to Jesus Christ’s Resurrection.  Read more