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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

Catholics gather in Rome’s Basilica of St. Bartholomew on Tiber Island on Holy Tuesday, March 26, 2024, for a prayer vigil honoring Christians who have been killed for their faith in recent years.

Cardinal leads Holy Week prayer vigil for recently martyred Christians

Mar 27, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Kevin Joseph Farrell, the prefect of the Dicastery for the Laity, the Family, and Life, presided over the vigil... Read more

Servant of God Joseph Dutton. This photo is used for the book: “Under Hawaiian Skies” by Albert Pierce Taylor (Honolulu: Advertiser Pub. Co., 1926), p. 558. The caption reads: “Brother Joseph Dutton, the ‘Saint of Molokai,’ who has devoted forty years of his life to service among the lepers at Kalawao, Molokai. He was an aide of the staff of General Granger, U.S.A., during the Civil War.”

Servant of God Joseph Dutton’s cause for canonization sent to Vatican

Jan 23, 2024

By Joe Bukuras

In the Diocese of Honolulu, Hawaii, the local phase concluded Sunday for the cause of canonization of Servant of God... Read more

Cardinal Eduardo Francisco Pironio (1920-1998).

Pope Francis recognizes miracle attributed to Argentine Cardinal Pironio

Nov 8, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis approved a miracle on Wednesday attributed to Argentine Cardinal Eduardo Pironio, paving the way for his beatification. Read more

Sister María Antonia de Paz y Figueroa, whose religious name was María Antonia of St. Joseph.

Pope Francis recognizes miracle that paves way for first female Argentinian saint

Oct 25, 2023

By Daniel Payne

Blessed María Antonia of Saint Joseph, known as “Mama Antula,” was the founder of the House for Spiritual Exercises in... Read more

Father Edward Flanagan with baseball players at Boys Town.

Irish-born founder of Boys Town, Father Flanagan, may soon be declared Venerable

Sep 16, 2023

By Madeleine Teahan

Following a premiere of a film on the saintly priest’s life, CNA spoke to Bishop Kevin Doran about the cause... Read more

Canonization Mass for St. Artemide Zatti and St. Giovanni Battista Scalabrini on Oct. 9, 2022.

Pope Francis approves beatification of priest martyred in World War II

May 20, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Father Giuseppe Beotti was one month shy of his 32nd birthday when he was shot by the Germans after refusing... Read more

Sister Lucia Dos Santos.

Fatima’s Sister Lucia is one step closer to being beatified

Oct 18, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The postulators of the cause for beatification of Sister Lucia dos Santos have submitted the positio to the Dicastery for... Read more


Will these African Americans be canonized?

Aug 13, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

Among the many Black men and women who have been declared saints in the Catholic Church, not one of them... Read more

Father Capodanno with fellow Marines in Vietnam

In Rome, a setback for Father Vincent Capodanno sainthood cause

Aug 12, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Consultants to the Vatican office tasked with judging possible saints have recommended the suspension of Capodanno’s cause, though his backers... Read more