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Father Thomas Dailey, O.S.F.S.; Philadelphia Archbishop Nelson J. Perez; Msgr. Gerald Mesure, archdiocesan chancellor; and Father Sean Bransfield, vice chancellor, hold the official documents for the canonization cause of Father Bill Atkinson during the closing ceremony on Oct. 19, 2021.

Father Bill Atkinson canonization cause completes first phase, moves onto Rome

Oct 22, 2021

By Autumn Jones

Father Bill Atkinson, an Augustinian priest from Philadelphia who died in 2006, is one step closer in the cause for... Read more

Blessed Solanus Casey. Photo courtesy of the Capuchin Franciscan Order of St. Joseph in Detroit.

Thank God ahead of time: What Blessed Solanus Casey teaches about a spirituality of gratitude

Jul 30, 2021

By Gretchen Siegel

Blessed Solanus Casey's childhood was not easy. He contracted diphtheria that permanently damaged his voice. Casey’s family also struggled economically... Read more

Sr. Annelvira Ossoli, Sr. Vitarosa Zorza, and Sr. Danielangela Sorti, whose heroic virtues were recognized March 18, 2021. Credit: Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

Sainthood causes of three more religious sisters who died in Ebola outbreak advance

Mar 19, 2021

Among the seven clerics and religious whose heroic virtues were recognized by the Vatican on Thursday are three Italian religious... Read more

The Mass of Beatification of Pierre Claverie and his 18 companions, said at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Cross in Oran, Dec. 8, 2018.

Nineteen Algerian martyrs beatified

Dec 10, 2018

Bishop Pierre Claverie and his 18 companions, who were martyred in Algeria between 1994 and 1996, were beatified Saturday during... Read more

Father Paul Wattson.

In New York, Catholic convert takes a step toward sainthood

Mar 20, 2017

The Catholic convert who founded the Society of the Atonement, Father Paul Wattson, S.A., could be one step closer to... Read more

Pope Francis says a Mass of Beatification in St. Peter's Square, Oct. 19, 2014.

Surgeon and father among sainthood causes moving forward

Feb 27, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis recognized on Monday the heroic virtue of eight persons on the path to canonization, including an Italian surgeon... Read more

Dorothy Day, American journalist, social activist and Catholic convert circa 1916.

Dorothy Day had nothing to say to this theologian – or so he thought

Dec 27, 2015

By Hillary Mast

Ever since entering the Church 27 years ago, theologian Lance Richey had always known about the Catholic social activist Dorothy... Read more

A statue of Bl. Junipero Serra outside Mission San Antonio de Padua in Monterey County, Calif.

How Junipero Serra fought the death penalty for a California native

Aug 5, 2015

Blessed Junipero Serra’s love for the natives of California extended even to those who killed one of his friends and... Read more

St. Therese of Lisieux and her sister Leonia Martin Guerin. Public Domain Photos.

A fourth saint for the Little Flower family? Cause for Leonia Martin officially opens

Jul 3, 2015

By Elise Harris

With a sister who is a Doctor of the Church and parents set to be canonized in October, Leonia Martin... Read more

St. Therese of Lisieux and her sister Leonia Guerin. Public Domain Photos.

St. Therese of Lisieux's 'difficult' sister is on the road to sainthood

Feb 21, 2015

The “difficult” sister of St. Therese of Lisieux is on the road to sainthood, a reminder – according to her... Read more

Bl. Odoardo Focherini.

Blessed Odoardo Focherini, the father of seven who saved 100 Jewish lives

Jan 27, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

As Pope Francis tweeted Jan. 27 to observe the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, it is worth remembering... Read more

Bishops from across the United States take part in the USCCB's 2013 Fall General Assembly in Baltimore.

US bishops elect new secretary, discuss health care ethics guide

Nov 11, 2014

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted Tuesday on several committee leadership positions, also considering several liturgical proposals and moving... Read more

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.

Peoria, NY voice desire to advance Archbishop Sheen cause

Sep 5, 2014

Following the halt of Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s canonization cause, both the Diocese of Peoria and the Archdiocese of New York... Read more

DVD tells story of Knights of Columbus founder

Jun 10, 2014

A documentary about Venerable Michael McGivney, the 19th century priest who founded the Knights of Columbus, is now available on... Read more

Fr. Aloysius Ellacuria, C.M.F. Courtesy of Fr. Kevin Manion.

Church expert to help California priest's canonization cause

Jan 9, 2014

Supporters of the canonization cause of California priest Father Aloysius Ellacuria, C.M.F., have welcomed the help of prominent canon lawyer... Read more

Peter Faber.

Pope Francis declares sainthood of early Jesuit, Peter Faber

Dec 17, 2013

Pope Francis recognized the sainthood of early Jesuit Peter Faber on Dec. 17 after holding a private audience with Cardinal... Read more

Chiara Lubich, founder of the Focolare Movement.

Focolare Movement asks that founder's cause be opened

Dec 10, 2013

The Focolare Movement, an organization dedicated to unity among all peoples, has requested that Bishop Raffaello Martinelli of Frascati begin... Read more

CNA

Pope advances sainthood causes for persecuted Catholics

Mar 28, 2013

Pope Francis has approved moving ahead with 16 causes for sainthood, which include multiple 20th-century martyrs, the foundress of a... Read more

Marco Fidel Rojas (

Healing of Colombian man could pave way for John Paul II canonization

Jul 17, 2012

The testimony of a Colombian man who says he was “miraculously cured” of Parkinson's Disease through the intercession of Blessed... Read more

CNA

Pope advances causes of two possible US saints

May 10, 2012

Two figures in U.S. Catholic history, a 19th century bishop and a 20th century religious sister, moved closer to possible... Read more