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A nun venerates the relics of St. Teresa of Avila in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Is it weird that Catholics venerate relics? Here's why we do

“We are many parts, but we are all one body,” says the refrain of a popular '80s Church hymn, based... Read more

Pope St. John Paul II in 1979.

Polish bishops call for John Paul II to be named a doctor of the Church

The Polish Bishops’ Conference has asked Pope Francis to name St. John Paul II a patron of Europe and doctor... Read more

John Henry Newman by Sir John Everett Millais (1881).

What Cardinal Newman can teach the modern world about freedom of conscience

The writings of newly-canonized St. John Henry Newman offer important reflections for contemporary society on freedom of conscience and the... Read more

Dachau concentration camp.

‘Secret preacher’ of Dachau concentration camp beatified

The ‘secret preacher of block 17’ who witnessed to Christ in a Nazi concentration camp was beatified this week in... Read more

GK Chesterton. public domain

Chesterton sainthood cause will not advance, Bishop Doyle says

A cause for the canonization of the pipe-smoking, plain-talking, mustachioed and beloved Catholic author Gilbert Keith (GK) Chesterton will not... Read more

Image from the Shrine of St. Charbel.

The Lebanese saint who unites Christians and Muslims

St. Charbel Makhlouf is known in Lebanon for the miraculous healings of those who visit his tomb to seek his... Read more

Pope Francis prays in Basilica of St Bartholomew on Tiber Island April 22, 2017.

This Roman basilica is dedicated to 20th century martyrs

On an island in Rome’s Tiber River, there is a basilica devoted to the Christian martyrs of the 20th century,... 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

Monstrance.

This 9-year-old cancer patient who ‘never complained’ is now on the path to sainthood

Pope Francis Monday recognized the heroic virtue of nine-year old Brazilian boy, who “never complained” during cancer treatments, but instead... Read more

Matteo Pio Colella (L), the young man cured by Padre Pio.

Young man healed by Padre Pio recounts story of miraculous cure

Matteo Pio Colella was just 7 years old when he contracted a deadly disease. Doctors believed there was no hope... Read more

The heart of St Laurence O'Toole.

After shocking theft, heart of Irish saint returns home

The heart of St. Laurence O’Toole is again on public display six years after it was stolen, and 800 years... Read more

Pope Francis smiles during an encounter in St. Peter's Square Oct. 14, 2017.

Pope on All Saints' Day: Live for heaven, not the world

If a Christian wants to reach heaven, he or she should ask themselves if they are living for the pleasures... 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

Bl. Nunzio Sulprizio.

19th-century Italian teen to be canonized during youth Synod

Bl. Nunzio Sulprizio, who died at the age of 19 from bone cancer, will be declared a saint Oct. 14... Read more

Giorgo La Pira. Public domain

‘Holy mayor’ Giorgio La Pira takes next step to sainthood

Most mayors do not live in unheated monastic cells, deliver candy from Orthodox patriarchs to the pope, or become ambassadors... Read more

James Rubin, owner of Enviro Waste, presents the relic of St Clement to Archbishop George Stack of Cardiff at the Lady Chapel of Westminster Cathedral, June 19, 2018.

Relic of St Clement found in trash settles into Westminster Cathedral

A relic discovered last year by a U.K. waste management company found a home Tuesday in London's Westminster Cathedral.  Read more

The Basilica of San Clemente al Laterano in Rome.

London waste company discovers relic of St Clement in the trash

You know the old saying - one person’s trash is another person’s 2,000 year-old sacred bone fragment of an early... Read more

Celtic cross.

Did Irish saints perform abortions? Don’t believe it, scholars say

Faulty history, bad moral analysis and dubious voting advice are behind claims that several cherished Irish saints were involved in... Read more

Pope Francis during his June 7, 2017, Wendesday general audience in St. Peter's Square.

Francis shares a sweet treat with Rome's poor for feast of St. George

I-scream, you-scream, Pope Francis screamed... 'gelato!' on the feast of his patron saint, George, offering some 3,000 ice creams to... Read more

Pope Paul VI and Archbishop Oscar Romero pose together in an undated file photo. Photo courtesy of Oficina de Canonizacion de Mons. Oscar Romero.

It's official: Paul VI and Oscar Romero will be canonized

The Vatican announced Wednesday that Pope Francis has recognized a second miracle allowing five people on the path to sainthood... Read more