Saints

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Perseid meteor shower.

In August, watch this meteor shower named for a saint

Aug 11, 2020

Star-gazing might not be the first thing that comes to mind when Catholics think of St. Lawrence, the early Christian... Read more

View of Father Serra Statue and California Street from steps of Ventura City Hall.

California city will remove St. Junipero Serra statue from public grounds

Jul 16, 2020

The City Council of Ventura, California has voted to remove a statue of St. Junipero Serra from the grounds of... Read more

Carlo Acutis.

Mom of Carlo Acutis says son led her back to the Catholic faith 

Jun 16, 2020

While most Catholic mothers pray for their teenage sons, Antonia Acutis has the unique ability to pray to hers, the... Read more

Vice-Sergeant Salvo D'Acquisto. Public domain.

The policeman who might be a saint

Jun 9, 2020

By Andrea Gagliarducci

With police brutality in focus around the world, one priest says it is important to remember a policeman who might... Read more

Matteo Farina (1990-2009).

Italian teen who died in 2009 declared ‘venerable’ by Pope Francis

May 6, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis Wednesday advanced the sainthood causes of five men and women, including an Italian teenager who died of a... Read more

Fra Angelico, “The Forerunners of Christ with Saints and Martyrs” (c. 1423-24). Public domain.

'A Storybook of Saints' aims to showcase 'heroic witness' of saints

May 4, 2020

By Perry West

A new children’s book aims to tell the heroic stories of saints in a way that captures the interest, and... Read more

Skulls on a church shelf.

Bones found in church wall are 7th century saint, scientists say

Mar 6, 2020

Carbon dating confirmed that human remains discovered hidden in a church wall in 1885 are from the seventh century, and... Read more

Charlene Richard, Auguste “Nonco” Pelafigue, and Lt. Father Verbis Lafleur. Courtesy photo.

Will these Louisiana Cajun Catholics become saints? Diocese begins canonization cause

Jan 14, 2020

By Mary Farrow

Three Cajun Catholics from the Diocese of Lafayette, Louisiana are on their way to becoming canonized saints after an historic... Read more

Pope St. John Paul II in 1979.

The saints and blesseds of the 2010s

Dec 22, 2019

Since a new decade begins Jan. 1, CNA offers a look back at some of the men and women named... Read more

Pope Francis greets religious sisters at a general audience Oct. 30, 2019.

Pope Francis: 'Holiness is the true light of the Church'

Dec 12, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said Thursday that the often hidden holiness lived out in everyday life is a true light within the... Read more

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

Nov 29, 2019

By Mary Farrow

“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

Oct 22, 2019

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

Oct 22, 2019

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

Sep 19, 2019

By Courtney Mares

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

Aug 2, 2019

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

Jul 23, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Jul 14, 2019

By Courtney Mares

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

May 14, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Apr 8, 2019

By Courtney Mares

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

Nov 19, 2018

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