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Miracles and Why We're Reluctant to Own Them

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 11.07.2016 | GPS for the Soul
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Jane Simon, M.D.

A miracle suggests divine intervention in human affairs. Many of us tend to think that believing in miracles is unscientific. But it is science that h...

Pope Says Murdered French Priest Is A 'Martyr' On The Road To Sainthood

Reuters | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.14.2016 | Religion

Pope Francis said on Wednesday the French priest knifed to death at his altar by Islamist militants in July was a martyr, and indicated that Father Ja...

"Lily Of The Mohawks" Became First Native American Saint 332 Years After Her Death

OurPaths.com | Posted 07.07.2016 | Religion
OurPaths.com

OurPaths is a place to celebrate life. Join us. Catherine Tekakwitha, known as the "Lily of the Mohawks" for her beauty and healing powers, was the ...

How Sharp Are Your Tools?

Amylynn Smith | Posted 12.29.2016 | Religion
Amylynn Smith

Isn't God, the commander of the cosmos, funny? He decided to come and join and heal our crazy by being part of a family.

Mother Teresa Is Officially Becoming A Saint

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.18.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis celebrated his 79th birthday on Thursday (Dec. 17) with a gift to the many devotees of Mother Teresa of Calcutta: The pontiff gave final ...

Did Pope Francis Just Endorse Socialist Pacifist Dorothy Day For Sainthood?

Peter Dreier | Posted 09.25.2016 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The Papal shout-out will certainly renew interest in Dorothy Day's life and legacy. By embracing Day, the Pope rankled conservatives within and outside the Catholic Church. How ironic, then, that Francis' carefully-chosen words may soon elevate the radical Day to a place among America's saints.

Sister Blandina Segale, Nun Who Confronted Billy the Kid, Faces First Sainthood Test

Associated Press | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.27.2015 | Religion

An Italian-born nun who confronted Billy the Kid, calmed angry mobs and helped open New Mexico territory hospitals and schools faced her first test fo...

Junipero Serra: Saint Or Sinner?

The Associated Press | GILLIAN FLACCUS | Posted 02.09.2015 | Religion

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (AP) — California's history can't be told without Junipero Serra, the 18th-century Franciscan missionary who introduced ...

Native Americans Claim Pope's Latest Saint Pick Was A 'Brutal Colonizer'

The Guardian | Alan Yuhas | Posted 01.27.2015 | Religion

A story about conquest, religion and the Americas, central to a founding myth of California, will end this year with the pope bestowing sainthood on a...

Why Pope Paul VI, Who Officially Banned Birth Control For Catholics, Is One Step Closer To Sainthood

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 10.20.2014 | Religion

(RNS) As he wraps up a Vatican meeting marked by sharp debates over sex and morality, Pope Francis on Sunday (Oct. 19) will honor one of his most cont...

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...

Pope Francis Puts Three On Fast-Track To Sainthood

Posted 02.04.2014 | Religion

According to the National Catholic Reporter, three blessed figures in the history of the Canadian and Brazilian Catholic Churches are likely to be nam...

A Long Path to Perfection

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 01.31.2014 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

For must of us, the journey doesn't end in our lifetime. But we can progress and in fact make an impact on the human condition. Yes, our impact may seem small. But if many, or most, of us do it--after generation upon generation, the entire herd can get there.

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.

The Man Who Would Be a Saint, John Paul II and the Era of Scandal

Michael D'Antonio | Posted 09.08.2013 | Religion
Michael D'Antonio

Anyone considering the news that the current pope, Francis I, has approved John Paul II for sainthood, should also consider that more than anyone, John Paul II had access to information about the full scope of the abuse problem and the greatest power to address it.

Is Sonia Gandhi a Real Indian Saint Accused as an Italian Carpet Bagger?

Sreedhar Pillai | Posted 05.19.2013 | Media
Sreedhar Pillai

Few women in history had to undergo a life as dramatic as that of Sonia Gandhi, the Italian-born chairperson of the United Progressive Alliance, which...

State Of Saints

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 12.19.2012 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

New Yorkers may seem hardened and cynical, but they can still take notice of miracles within their borders. Hence, their pride in having two new saints to their claim.

Saint Pauli Murray

Carr Harkrader | Posted 10.20.2012 | Religion
Carr Harkrader

Saints are supposed to have names like Aloysius, Xavier and Francis. They're supposed to be engraved in stone, depicted in colorful stained-glass. But during her lifetime, Pauli Murray never really cared about the way things were "supposed" to be.

In an Age of Celebrities: A True Role Model for Graduates

Noel Irwin Hentschel | Posted 07.11.2012 | College
Noel Irwin Hentschel

In a world more focused on material gain and personal status, let us highlight the fruits of spiritual growth and shared virtues.

Rising Above Fundamentalism: How Do We Become Saints?

Kemal Argon | Posted 03.14.2012 | Religion
Kemal Argon

Talking about sainthood is one way to regain a focus back onto spirituality, away from distraction and spiritual poverty.

The Beatification Of John Paul II And The Express Canonization Protection Program

Michele Somerville | Posted 07.10.2011 | Religion
Michele Somerville

The current pope has much to gain by expediting the canonization of his predecessor. The fanfare that accompanies canonization promises to create a useful diversion for Ratzinger.

A Plea For Sainthood For Pope John XXIII

Edward Flattau | Posted 07.06.2011 | Religion
Edward Flattau

Although I am not a Catholic, I was among the many outside the Church who found Pope John to be an inspirational figure during his tragically short Vatican tenure in the early 1960's at the height of the Cold War.

John Paul II's Living Will

Jon M. Sweeney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jon M. Sweeney

Chances are good that we will soon be acknowledging JPII as "Saint," but none of this will make much difference in how Catholics live their lives everyday. There is a more important reason, I think, to remember JPII.

There's A Good Reason Why Benedict's Not An Organ Donor

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Francis X. Rocca Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS) When Vatican officials announced last week that Pope Benedict XVI's 2005 election render...

Is John Paul ll Being Fast-Tracked To Sainthood?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Francis X. Rocca Religion News Service VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI has recognized a miracle attributed to Pope John Paul II, bringing the la...