Beatifications

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Blessed Sandra Sabattini.

This new blessed spent her short life loving the poor and marginalized

Oct 25, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The 22-year-old died when she was struck by a passing car in 1984. Read more

Pope John Paul I in an undated file photo.

John Paul I, ‘the smiling pope,’ to be beatified after miracle approved by Pope Francis

Oct 13, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

‘The smiling pope’ died unexpectedly after just 33 days in office. Read more

Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński with Cardinal Karol Wojtyła, the future St. John Paul II. Photo courtesy of Adam Bujak/Biały Kruk.

Cardinal Wyszynski, Poland’s ‘Primate of the Millennium,’ to be beatified in September

Apr 23, 2021

The beatification ceremony will be held in the Polish capital, Warsaw, on Sept. 12 Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square Oct. 2, 2019.

Pope Francis advances cause of teen who died of bone cancer

Jul 11, 2020

The Vatican announced Saturday that Pope Francis has recognized the heroic virtues of a 14-year-old Italian boy who died in... Read more

A portrait of Fr. Michael J. McGivney, by Antonella Cappuccio. Courtesy of the Knights of Columbus

Knights of Columbus founder Fr. Michael McGivney to be beatified

May 27, 2020

Pope Francis approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of Fr. Michael J. McGivney Wednesday, paving the way for the... Read more

Carlo Acutis.

Computer programming teen Carlo Acutis to be beatified 

Feb 22, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican announced Saturday the approval of a miracle attributed to the intercession of Venerable Carlo Acutis, an Italian teenager... Read more

Brother James Miller. Courtesy: La Salle Christian Brothers

Wisconsin native and Guatemalan martyr: Br. James Miller to be beatified

Nov 8, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis Thursday approved the beatification of American Br. James Miller, who was martyred in 1982 in Guatemala.  Read more

Mother Clelia Merloni. Courtesy photo.

Mother Clelia Merloni, ‘a woman of pardon,’ to be beatified

Nov 2, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Mother Clelia Merloni, a 20th-century Italian religious sister and founder of the women’s institute of the Apostles of the Sacred... Read more

Fr. Tolton.

Runaway slave-turned-priest moves closer to beatification

May 12, 2018

The first African American priest in the U.S. could become the country’s first African American saint as his cause took... Read more

Janos Brenner.

Beloved 1950s Hungarian priest and martyr beatified

May 1, 2018

Fr. János Brenner, a Cistercian Hungarian priest who was martyred in the 1950s, was beatified May 1. The beatification took... Read more

Blessed Hanna Chrzanowska. Public Domain, Wikipedia.

Soon-to-be beatified nurse, laywoman lived for others

Apr 27, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Hanna Chrzanowska, a 20th-century Polish nurse and laywoman who will be beatified in Krakow Saturday, is a model of how... Read more

Archbishop Oscar Romero.

Insides that didn't decompose – and other stunning facts about Oscar Romero

Mar 8, 2018

By Elise Harris

In his role as Vicar General, Monsignor Ricardo Urioste was one of the closest collaborators of Oscar Romero, the archbishop... Read more

Solanus Casey. Courtesy of the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph.

The quirky Father Solanus: Squeaky violinist, tamer of bees

Dec 30, 2017

By Mary Farrow

You’ve heard of Jesus’ multiplication of the loaves. But have you heard of Fr. Solanus Casey’s multiplication of the ice... Read more

Paula Medina Zárate, a Panamanian cured through Solanus Casey's intercession, at his beatification Nov. 18, 2017.

Faithful from near and far gather to celebrate Fr. Solanus, friend and healer

Nov 19, 2017

By Mary Farrow

Usually, when Detroit’s Ford Field is filled with people, it’s because football fans are watching the Lions play another NFL... Read more

Blessed Solanus Casey Beatification at Ford Field in Detroit. Nov. 18, 2017.

Humble disciple, tireless servant: Solanus Casey beatified in Detroit

Nov 18, 2017

Detroit’s beloved Father Solanus Casey has been beatified, with Pope Francis calling him “a humble and faithful disciple of Christ,... Read more

Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Detroit.

Friendship and from-scratch food served up at Fr. Solanus’ soup kitchen

Nov 18, 2017

By Mary Farrow

It’s a Franciscan custom to give food - even if that’s just a simple sandwich - to anyone who comes... Read more

Venerable Solanus Casey, who will be beatified Nov. 18, 2017. Photo courtesy of the Capuchin Franciscan Order of St. Joseph in Detroit.

Fr. Solanus Casey: the American priest who will be beatified next week

Nov 8, 2017

Venerable Solanus Casey, an American-born Capuchin priest who died in 1957, will be beatified at a Nov. 18 Mass in... Read more

Blessed Stanley Rother tapestry at Beatification Mass in Oklahoma City Sept. 23, 2017.

My cousin the martyr: meet Blessed Stanley Rother's large family

Sep 23, 2017

By Mary Farrow

They came from Illinois and they came from Wisconsin. They came from Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico.  Read more

Blessed Stanley Rother and a little girl.

Faithful martyr and missionary Father Stanley Rother beatified in Oklahoma

Sep 23, 2017

Father Stanley Rother, an Oklahoma priest martyred in Guatemala, was beatified Saturday during a Mass in Oklahoma City attended by... Read more

Joseph Mayr-Nusser.

This man was killed for defying Hitler – and now he's been beatified.

Mar 21, 2017

By Mary Farrow

Italian layman Joseph Mayr-Nusser who refused to take the Hitler oath was beatified March 18 in his home town of... Read more