Canonizations

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Interior of the Sagrada Familia.

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

Dec 18, 2015

By Elise Harris

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

Dec 18, 2015

By Elise Harris

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

Oct 18, 2015

By Elise Harris

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'

Sep 28, 2015

By Adelaide Mena

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?

Sep 11, 2015

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

May 17, 2015

By Ann Schneible

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

May 17, 2015

By Ann Schneible

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

Blessed Junípero Serra.

California bishops to Pope: Thanks for the new saint!

Jan 16, 2015

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

Jan 15, 2015

By Alan Holdren

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

Jan 13, 2015

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

Nov 24, 2014

By Ann Schneible

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

Nov 22, 2014

By Elise Harris

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

Sep 4, 2014

By Elise Harris

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

Apr 28, 2014

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

Apr 28, 2014

By Elise Harris

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

Apr 28, 2014

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

Apr 27, 2014

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

Apr 27, 2014

By Elise Harris

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

Apr 26, 2014

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

Apr 26, 2014

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