Canonization causes

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Servant of God Nino Baglieri.

Cause for canonization of quadriplegic lay evangelist advances 

May 8, 2024

By Abel Camasca

The diocesan phase of the cause of beatification of the Servant of God Nino Baglieri has been closed in Modica,... Read more

Blessed Elena Guerra.

Pope Francis to canonize new female saint known as ‘an apostle of the Holy Spirit’

Apr 20, 2024

By Courtney Mares

A friend of Pope Leo XIII and the teacher of St. Gemma Galgani, Elena Guerra (1835–1914) is known for her... Read more

Queen Isabella I of Castile, Spain.

More than 130 Masses celebrated in 5 countries to promote Queen Isabella’s canonization

Nov 29, 2023

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

This year, 133 Masses were celebrated with this intention, most of them in Spain but also in Argentina, Mexico, Venezuela,... Read more

Detail of a mural showing Blessed Stanley Rother being welcomed into heaven at the new Blessed Stanley Rother Shrine in Oklahoma City.

What is the process for canonization? A guide for All Saints’ Day 

Nov 1, 2023

By Daniel Payne

On the day the Church celebrates the Church triumphant in heaven, we take a closer look at the formal process... Read more

Wiktoria Ulma with six of her children.

A married couple with seven children to be beatified by the Catholic Church for martyrdom by Nazis

Dec 17, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Józef and Wiktoria Ulma can now be beatified with the couple’s seven children (including one unborn). Read more

The co-initiators of the Neocatechumenal Way, Kiko Argüello and Carmen Hernández.

An ‘unbearable’ saint? Neocatechumenal Way’s Hernández remembered for virtues, vices

Dec 6, 2022

By CNA Staff

Kiko Argüello, who co-founded the Neocatechumenal Way with Hernandez, shared some candid remarks about the difficulties of their relationship. Read more

Cardinal Oscar Cantoni, bishop of Como, receives the red biretta from Pope Francis at the consistory in St. Peter's Basilica, Aug. 27, 2022.

Jesus asks us, ‘can I count on you?’ — Pope Francis creates 20 cardinals for the Catholic Church

Aug 27, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis created 20 new cardinals for the Catholic Church during a liturgy in St. Peter's Basilica Saturday. Read more

The canonization of John Henry Newman in St. Peter’s Square, Oct. 13, 2019.

Who are the 4 women being canonized this weekend?

May 10, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis will preside over the first canonizations in more than two years on May 15. Read more

Bl. Artemide Zatti.

Pope Francis approves canonization of immigrant nurse

Apr 12, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Bl. Artemide Zatti was born in Italy, but emigrated to Argentina in 1897. Read more

Titus Brandsma and Charles de Foucauld.

WWII martyr Titus Brandsma to be canonized with Charles de Foucauld

Mar 4, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Two religious women will also be declared saints on May 15. Read more

Pope Francis holds an Ordinary Public Consistory in the Consistory Hall of the Apostolic Palace, May 3, 2021.

Pope Francis presides at consistory for canonization of blesseds

May 3, 2021

The vote allows a date to be set for a Mass of canonization. Read more

The last photograph of Charles de Foucauld, in Tamanrasset, Algeria.

Pope Francis to hold consistory in last step before canonization of Bl. Charles de Foucauld

Apr 26, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Ordinary Public Consistory is the last step before the canonizations of seven men and women, including French missionary Bl.... Read more

Cyprien and Daphrose Rugumba. Copyright Archives de la Communauté de l'Emmanuel.

Killed in the Rwandan genocide, this couple is being considered for sainthood

Apr 8, 2019

The story of Cyprien and Daphrose Rugumba is a story of atheism and devout faith, of a strained marriage and... Read more

Holy Spirit stained glass in St. Peter's Basilica.

Canonization causes open for Italian mother, religious sister

Feb 18, 2019

The Vatican has announced the opening of canonization causes for two contemporary women, both of whom died in the 21st... Read more