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Catholic Saints

Why Catherine Of Siena Is A Role Model For Women In A Man's World

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 04.05.2016 | Religion

I'm not Catholic, but I just wrote a biography of one of the church's most beloved saints -- St. Catherine of Siena who, along with St. Francis of Ass...

Skeletal Remains Of Patron Saint Of Rape Victims Goes On Display

HuffPost UK | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 11.08.2015 | Religion

NEW YORK -- American Catholics are flocking to see a wax statue encasing the skeletal remains of an 11-year-old Italian girl who died after being atta...

Colombian Saint Madre Laura Is Getting Her Own Telenovela And The Nuns Are Scandalized

JACOBO GARCIA | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 07.29.2015 | Religion

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — For weeks, billboards on buses and television spots have been announcing what promises to be Colombia's next big prime-time ...

Mother Teresa Is Finally Going To Be A Saint, Maybe

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.21.2015 | Religion

Mother Teresa may be canonized next year, according to one top Catholic Church authority. But that's just a hypothesis, according to another. Itali...

Pope Francis Doesn't Seem Bothered By Controversy Over Spanish Priest's Upcoming Canonization

Religion News Service | Rosie Scammell | Posted 05.03.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Despite growing resistance from some Native Americans and U.S. Catholics, the Vatican on Saturday (May 2) will host an event to cel...

Church Wants To Make Priest Who Died On Titanic A Saint

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.13.2015 | Religion

Catholics in Essex, England, are working to give sainthood to a priest who died in the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, recalling his humility and sacr...

Which Saint Are You? Take The Holy Week Personality Test To Find Out

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.01.2015 | Religion

Are you more of a St. George or a St. Catherine? Do you prefer to sit in quiet contemplation or let loose in spiritual revelry? Church of the Resur...

Who Was St. Patrick?

Religion News Service | Kimberly Winston | Posted 03.13.2015 | Religion

For Catholics, Episcopalians and some Lutherans, March 17 is the Feast Day of St. Patrick. For the rest of us, it’s St. Patrick’s Day — a midwee...

Pope Francis Canonized Six New Saints This Weekend

The Associated Press | Posted 11.24.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis canonized six new saints Sunday, including a priest and a nun from the Indian state of Kerala, in a packed ceremony i...

New Jersey Nun Is The First Would-Be Saint Beatified In The United States

The Associated Press | Julio Cortez | Posted 10.06.2014 | Religion

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey nun credited with curing a boy's eye disease moved a step closer to sainthood Saturday in what church officials sai...

Venezuelans Seek Sainthood For Beloved Folk Hero

New York Times | William Neuman | Posted 10.01.2014 | Religion

ISNOTÚ, Venezuela — Venezuela needs a miracle. Preferably two. But this is not about finding a way to reconcile the country’s bitterly divided po...

Holy Joe!

Robert Julian | Posted 09.23.2014 | Comedy
Robert Julian

In summer, Bostonians head for the cape where they can languish on beaches in willful denial of the cold winter months to come. If you plan to sell a city property, this is probably not the best time to hit the market. But my friend Bob has stepped into the breach.

This Baseball Great May Become A Saint

Religion News Service | Heather Adams | Posted 06.21.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Richard Rossi is on a crusade of sorts, traveling to cities across the country to collect stories about the fabled healing powers of baseball gr...

Canonizations

Martin Marty | Posted 06.29.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

Sunday, the Roman Catholic world and many other worlds celebrated the canonization of two new saints, Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. Non-comatose readers of Sightings need no further attention to be paid to the details and the drama of the even

Remembering Pope John Paul II

Karen Hart | Posted 06.25.2014 | Religion
Karen Hart

When people ask me where I got married, their ears always perk-up when I tell them my husband and I took our vows in the walls of the Vatican during the year of the Jubilee.

Everything You Need To Know About Popes And Saints

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 04.24.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Popes John XXIII and John Paul II will be declared saints on Sunday (April 27), the first-ever double papal canonization. Here’s a quick guide...

Lord's Prayer for a Modern People

Rev. Daniel C. Kostakis | Posted 09.28.2013 | Religion
Rev. Daniel C. Kostakis

I want to encourage us to seek deeper within this classic prayer and gleam from it eternal truths of spirituality and personal growth. Christ always had great purpose in all he shared with his followers, we see this in the parables and bold statements he made.

Why Canonizing John Paul II Is a Mistake

Michele Somerville | Posted 09.17.2013 | Religion
Michele Somerville

When Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis, many Roman Catholics were quick to optimism. Some dared to hope for something of a church renaissance, and for relief, perhaps, in the wake of the bitter reign of "God's Rottweiler," Joseph Ratzinger.

John Paul II, Oscar Romero And The Politics Of Making Saints

Posted 05.01.2013 | Religion

By David Gibson Religion News Service (RNS) Reports this week that the late Pope John Paul II may be on the verge of sainthood after a second mir...

Vatican Official Denounces Santa Muerte As 'Sinister And Infernal'

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 06.22.2013 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

The confluence of theological concerns, religious competition, new Latin American influence at the Vatican and media coverage have resulted in Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi's condemnation of the cult of Santa Muerte as the embodiment of Latin America's "culture of death."

New Pope's Election May Boost Sainthood Drive For Slain Salvadoran Archbishop

Joseph Frazier | Posted 05.22.2013 | Religion
Joseph Frazier

A top Salvadoran church official says the elevation of Cardinal José Maria Bergoglio to Pope Francis could advance the plodding campaign for sainthood for Msgr. Oscar Arnulfo Romero, an outspoken peace advocate and possibly the country's most revered figure, assassinated for his views on March 24, 1980.

Lady Poverty Visits The Vatican: A Letter From Francis Of Assisi To Clare

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 05.20.2013 | Religion
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Clare, Lady Poverty has found a home in your simplicity. May you be held and protected in your golden silence. May your meditation touch the world. Mother Church needs you!

Which Francis?

William J. Arnone | Posted 05.18.2013 | Religion
William J. Arnone

Although he did not specifically say so, the assumption is that the new pope chose this name in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, who was renowned for his austere life, his love of nature and his fierce dedication to the poor. It is possible, however, that another Francis was the model he had in mind.

Another Way To Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day

Craig Considine | Posted 05.15.2013 | Religion
Craig Considine

Amid the fanfare and elation on this Saint Patrick's Day, we would be wise to honor the patron saint of Ireland by also adhering to his moral teachings and by personifying his exemplary character.

The Pope And The Woman: The Mystical Drama Of Politics And Faith

Noel Irwin Hentschel | Posted 04.30.2013 | Religion
Noel Irwin Hentschel

As the good Pope exits the world stage, we hope he finds peace and we pray that the cardinals listen to "The Woman" Director and do whatever Jesus tells them. Stay tuned for the next act.