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A statue of St. Joseph Vaz at the Jan. 14 canonization Mass in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Pope Francis lauds first Sri Lankan saint's undivided love for God

Jan 13, 2015

Pope Francis on Wednesday canonized Joseph Vaz, Sri Lanka’s first saint, praising the 17th century priest’s love for the Sri... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on Dec. 3, 2014.

Pope Francis praises the 'hidden holiness' of everyday saints

Dec 4, 2014

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis cautioned against the false appearances of those who are proud or vain, saying that true holiness is found... 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

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his general audience on Nov. 19, 2014.

Thinking of yourself won’t make you holy, but serving others will, Pope says

Nov 19, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his weekly general audience address, Pope Francis said that holiness can never be selfish, but is a gift that... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square on April 23, 2014.

Pope Francis recognizes 'heroic virtue' of 12-year-old boy

Nov 8, 2014

By Ann Schneible

Pope Francis advanced the sainthood causes for a 12-year-old Italian boy who died late 1970s as well as seven other... Read more

Icon of St. John Paul II in Santa Maria Church (Sant'Egidio community) in Rome.

John Paul II 'taught me how to be a person,' secretary recounts

Oct 28, 2014

By Adelaide Mena

Saint John Paul II’s deep love for the world and for God continues to inspire people today to draw near... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates a thanksgiving Mass for Canadian saints François of Laval and Marie of the Incarnation on Oct. 12, 2014.

Highways, byways and sinners: these are the missionary fields

Oct 12, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his thanksgiving Mass for the canonization of two Canadian saints Pope Francis said that a true missionary goes out... Read more

The body of St. Clare of Assisi is entombed above the main altar in the Basilica at Assisi, Italy.

Faithful drawn by accessibility of St. Clare, basilica priest reflects

Aug 11, 2014

By Elise Harris

The Aug. 11 Feast of Saint Clare is an occasion for the people of Assisi to show their devotion to... Read more

Pope Francis has dinner with Jesuits on the feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola July 31, 2014. Photo courtesy of the Jesuit General Curia.

Pope surprises Jesuits for dinner on feast of Saint Ignatius

Aug 1, 2014

By Elise Harris

In honor of the feast commemorating the founder of their order, Pope Francis made a last minute phone call to... Read more

Body of Saint Maria Goretti in the basilica of Nottuno, Italy.

Maria Goretti's greatest witness is forgiveness, priest observes

Jul 7, 2014

By Elise Harris

Following St. Maria Goretti’s feast day, the rector of the basilica where her body resides stated that her willingness to... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square Oct.13, 2013.

Pope's Sri Lanka trip will be January 13-15

Jun 11, 2014

By Elise Harris

The coordinator of Sri Lankan migrants in Italy has confirmed the dates announced by Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith for Pope Francis’... Read more

Angels and Saints by Scott Hahn. Photo courtesy of Image Books.

Scott Hahn explores power of saints, angels in modern life

May 28, 2014

By Kate Veik

Noted Catholic convert and author Dr. Scott Hahn published a new book May 27 exploring the biblical roots and modern-day... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square after the Wednesday general audience, May 7, 2014.

We are 'sinners in a Holy Church,' preaches Pope

May 9, 2014

In his homily on Friday morning, Pope Francis reminded the congregation of the holiness of the Church that at the... Read more

Pope Francis attended a Mass of Thanksgiving for the canonization St. Jose de Anchieta at St. Ignatius of Loyola Church in Rome, April 24, 2014.

Pope receives sculpture of newly canonized 'Apostle of Brazil'

May 5, 2014

The Diocese of La Laguna on the Spanish island of Tenerife has sent Pope Francis a bronze sculpture of St.... Read more

Archbishop William Lori celebrates Mass with with Knights of Columbus for Polish pilgrims in Rome on April 26, 2014

Knights of Columbus host Mass for Polish pilgrims in Rome

Apr 26, 2014

By Elise Harris

In honor of the canonizations of Bl. John Paul II and John XXIII the Knights donated two fields in Rome... Read more

Portrait of Father Augustus Tolton. Courtesy of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Scholar recounts black Catholics' rich history

Mar 29, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

Black Catholics across the globe have dedicated their talents and their lives to their faith since earliest days of the... Read more

Blessed John Paul II.

Personal notes underscore John Paul II's Marian devotion

Mar 12, 2014

By Elise Harris

In private letters of Bl. John Paul II which have been published by his former secretary, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, the... Read more

Pope Francis walks with Archbishop Georg Ganswein in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on Dec. 4, 2013

Pope advances the causes of eight possible Saints

Jan 28, 2014

By Elise Harris

During a Monday meeting with the head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Pope Francis approved the... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at Rome's Verano Cemetery Nov. 1.

Pope calls Feast of All Saints a 'day of hope'

Nov 3, 2013

Pope Francis offered Mass on All Saints’ Day at a Roman cemetery, preaching on the importance of hope in Christian... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square before the Wednesday general audience October 30, 2013.

Pope Francis: Sanctity is for everyone, saints are not 'supermen'

Nov 1, 2013

On the Feast of All Saints, Pope Francis stressed that the saints are not “supermen” who are “born perfect,” but... Read more