Canonizations

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Blessed Junípero Serra.

California bishops to Pope: Thanks for the new saint!

Two California bishops have voiced elation and gratitude at Pope Francis’ announcement that he will canonize Blessed Junípero Serra, OFM,... Read more

Pope Francis to canonize evangelizer of the Wild West

In a surprise addition to his fall 2015 trip to the U.S., Pope Francis is planning to canonize the founder... Read more

Pope Francis at the canonization Mass of Joseph Vaz in Sri Lanka.

Pope Francis' full homily on Joseph Vaz, Sri Lanka's first saint

In Saint Joseph we see a powerful sign of God's goodness and love for the people of Sri Lanka. But... Read more

Pope Francis greets the Indian community at a Thanksgiving Mass for the new Indian Saints on Nov. 24, 2014.

Pope greets Indian community at Mass for newest saints

God's love is the “source” and “destination” of all holiness, said Pope Francis on Nov. 24, speaking of India's newly... Read more

Tapestry of Kuriakose Elias Chavara at Vatican City Nov. 21, 2014.

Indian Catholics find spiritual inspiration in two new saints

Two new Indian Catholic saints to be canonized by Pope Francis on Sunday were known for their deep spiritual life... Read more

Archbishop Fulton Sheen.

Suspension of Fulton Sheen's cause expected to be temporary

In the wake of the suspension of Archbishop Fulton Sheen's cause for canonization due to an ownership dispute of his... Read more

President Barack Obama gives his weekly address, May 5, 2012.

Obama praises influence of Saints John XXIII, John Paul II

U.S. president Barack Obama issued a statement Monday noting the canonization of both John XXIII and John Paul II over... Read more

Cardinal Angelo Comastri celebrated a Mass of thanksgiving for Pope St. John Paul II in St. Peter's Square on April 28, 2014.

Masses of Thanksgiving offered in Rome for new Pope saints

Following the canonization of Popes John Paul II and John XIII, Church officials presided over two Masses of Thanksgiving, drawing... Read more

Clergy section at the April 27 Canonization Mass in St. Peter's Square.

Deacons find vocational inspiration in saintly papal witness

The April 27 canonizations of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII are a source of spiritual inspiration for young... Read more

Pope Francis presides over canonization Mass for Saints John Paul II and John XXIII on April 27, 2014

Pope: Christ’s wounds are sign of God’s love

At the canonization Mass for Popes John Paul II and John XXIII on Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Francis emphasized the... Read more

The images of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II hanging from the facade of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican April 25, 2014

Popes John Paul II, John XXIII officially declared saints

In a packed St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Francis officially declared former pontiffs John... Read more

Pilgrims participate in White Night of Prayer on eve of the April 27, 2014 canonizations of Bl. John Paul II and John XXIII.

Pilgrims fill Roman churches in vigils before canonizations

Parishes throughout the city of Rome were filled the evening of April 26 with pilgrims spending the night in prayer... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Square, April 18, 2012.

Benedict XVI to concelebrate at canonization Mass

The Holy See’s press office has announced that retired pontiff Benedict XVI will be a concelebrant at Sunday’s Mass and... Read more

Pilgrims in St. Peter's Square for the Pope's Wednesday general audience on October 2, 2013.

Canonization Mass may draw 1,000 bishop concelebrants

Holy See Press Office director Father Federico Lombardi said that as many as 150 cardinals and 1,000 bishops will concelebrate... Read more

Minor Basilica of San Marco Evangelista al Campidoglio in Rome, July 2012.

Ancient Roman church to host English pre-canonization prayer vigil

On April 26, the evening before the canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII, English speaking pilgrims... Read more

Blessed John Paul II Shrine in Washington D.C., Oct 2, 2013.

Knights of Columbus prepares to celebrate papal canonizations

The Knights of Columbus will sponsor major celebrations of the double canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John... Read more

Benedict XVI. Photo

Benedict XVI: I knew during his life that John Paul II was a saint

In a rare interview, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI recalled his close friendship with Blessed John Paul II, saying that the... Read more

Bl. Pope John Paul II and Bl. Pope John XXIII.

Cardinal: dedication to God links John XXIII, John Paul II

The papacies of John XXIII and John Paul II are connected in their dedication to God and to lives of... Read more

Bl. Pope John XXIII's tomb at St. Peter's Basilica.

Spanish archbishop encourages faithful to attend canonizations

Archbishop Jose Ansejo Pelegrina of Seville, Spain, has issued a pastoral letter inviting Catholics to take part in pilgrimages to... Read more

Workers at the Vatican restore part of the Bernini colonnade in early 2014.

St. Peter's Square restorations to be completed for Easter, canonizations

The restoration of the Bernini colonnade and other historic pieces in St. Peter’s Square will be finished by Easter, in... Read more