Pope declares three new “saints for the Americas,” without canonizations

From CNS:  Without a canonization ceremony, Pope Francis declared three new saints for the Americas, pioneers of the Catholic Church in Brazil and in Canada. Pope Francis signed decrees April 3 recognizing: St. Jose de Anchieta, a Spanish-born Jesuit who traveled to Brazil in 1553 and became known as the Apostle of Brazil; St. Marie [Read More...]

Devotion to St. Pio

My parish has undertaken a novena to St. Pio—popularly known as “Padre Pio.” We’ve moved a large statue of the saint from its place in a side chapel, to a prominent position in the sanctuary. A number of people were drawn to him after Mass today. Oh blessed Saint Padre Pio, you were a priest [Read More...]

A prayer to St. Stephen

Today marks the feast of this proto-martyr, patron of deacons. Curious to find a prayer invoking this powerful saint, I discovered this great resource online. St. Stephen, pray for us and for all deacons! +++ The Litany of St. Stephen (For private recitation only) Lord, have mercy on us Christ, have mercy on us Lord, have [Read More...]

Historic: Vatican to put St. Peter’s relics on display for first time

From CNS:  For the first time, the bones traditionally believed to be the relics of St. Peter the Apostle will be on public display for veneration. Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization, said the veneration of the relics at the Vatican is a fitting way to conclude the Year [Read More...]

April’s canonizations in Rome could draw record crowds

Thinking of making the trip?  You better like crowds. From Religion News Service:  Vatican officials say they expect next year’s celebration for the canonizations of former popes John Paul II and John XXIII to be attended by as many as 100 heads of state in what is likely to be the biggest draw in the [Read More...]

From St. Francis, with love

“It was through his archangel, Saint Gabriel, that the Father above made known to the holy and glorious Virgin Mary that the worthy, holy and glorious Word of the Father would come from heaven and take from her womb the real flesh of our human frailty. Though he was wealthy beyond reckoning, he still willingly [Read More...]

Priest appointed to investigate cause for Chesterton sainthood

It’s getting serious.  Details:  In a statement released today, the Diocese of Northampton said: “The Bishop has appointed Canon John Udris, a priest of the Diocese and currently a spiritual director at St Mary’s College, Oscott, to undertake a fact-finding exercise on his behalf.” In August this year, the American Chesterton Society released a statement [Read More...]

First “Righteous Gentile” Killed for Saving Jews Beatified

From the Times of Israel:  An Italian Catholic activist and journalist who was declared a Righteous Gentile for saving Jewish lives during World War II has formally been put on the road to sainthood by the Roman Catholic church. Odoardo Focherini was beatified – the step before sainthood – at a ceremony Saturday in his [Read More...]

St. Ephrem, deacon and writer

Today marks his feast, and deacons (among others) should take note:  Born around 306, Saint Ephrem lived through some of the most tumultuous times in the early Church. Heresies, especially Arianism, were rampant; the Church faced persecution; and without Christ’s promise that the gates of Hell would not prevail against it, the Church might not have [Read More...]

A beautiful image of St. Joseph the Worker

A friend posted this on Facebook. It comes from Spanish painter Aristides Artal, and depicts a very youthful Holy Family. [Read more...]