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The Vatican Fast-Tracked Controversial Spanish Priest's Claims To Sainthood

The Associated Press | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 05.06.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican's saint-making office has officially given its thumbs up for the Rev. Junipero Serra to be declared a saint — four...

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...

Lessons From Our Lives: We Share the Same Story

Catherine Nagle | Posted 04.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Catherine Nagle

It is said that some of the simplest cultures on Earth are also the happiest. Does this mean that by not being so involved in formal study and str...

The History (And Present) of Valentine's Day

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 04.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Mitch Ditkoff

Most people think Valentine's Day was invented by Hallmark Cards. It wasn't. Valentine's Day is actually a well-documented, historical phenomenon -- its tangled roots winding their way through centuries worth of Christian liturgy, pagan tradition, myth, and an occasional beheading.

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 ...

Our Most Wasted Resource: Our Capacity for Good

Patricia M. Bombard, BVM, D.Min. | Posted 02.03.2015 | Education
Patricia M. Bombard, BVM, D.Min.

If we are to reverse the trend of violence and environmental destruction on our planet, we need many, many more such people. It's time for a Manhattan Project focused on our most wasted resource: our capacity for good.

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...

Miraculous

Helen Eisenbach | Posted 01.13.2015 | Books
Helen Eisenbach

I first met MB Caschetta more than 20 years ago when she was a student at Vassar College attending a reading I'd been invited to give. In a room filled with bright young lights she stood out: smart, funny and wiser than her years.

WATCH: This Flop Helped Save The 49ers From Hail Mary TD

The Huffington Post | Michael Klopman | Posted 11.09.2014 | Sports

San Francisco 49ers defensive back Perrish Cox reminded football fans on Sunday that flopping happens in the NFL. On the final play of regulation ...

Halloween Interlude

Sandra Ramos O’Briant | Posted 12.26.2014 | Los Angeles
Sandra Ramos O’Briant

Crisped whispers from the leaves above remind me that it's a SoCal fall. Gone before you know it. Some of the leaves hold on to genetic memories and defiantly turn red, but most of them have given up, yellowed and rustled a goodbye to their mates as they float down.

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...

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...

Pope Paul VI's Beatification Set For October?

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.10.2014 | Religion

Pope Paul VI will likely be beatified later this year, Italian Catholic weekly Credere reports. The late pope's beatification is expected to take p...

Saints and Sexuality

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 06.26.2014 | Religion
Ronald A. Lindsay

When we have a pope who finally recognizes that human sexual desire is not a bad thing, that sexual relations between loving couples is a good thing, whether they're seeking to produce a child or not, and that there's nothing inherently evil about masturbation, then maybe we'll have a pope who's worthy of admiration, if not veneration.

A Former Swiss Guard Reflects On Canonizations And Saints

Andreas Widmer | Posted 06.24.2014 | Religion
Andreas Widmer

As a young man serving in the Swiss Guard, I remember dreading the long events connected to beatifications and canonizations. A canonization Mass would easily run two and a half hours, which meant that we were on duty in St. Peter's Square for over 5 hours.

Saint John XXIII

Thomas Worcester | Posted 06.15.2014 | Religion
Thomas Worcester

On Sunday April 27 Pope Francis will formally declare that Pope John XXIII is a saint. It is now more than fifty years after Pope John's death (1963); his reputation for holiness has stood the test of time in a way that cannot yet be said for Pope John Paul II, also to be canonized on April 27.

The "Negative Sainthood" of Rev. Fred Phelps

Rev. Stephen V. Sprinkle, Ph.D. | Posted 05.21.2014 | Religion
Rev. Stephen V. Sprinkle, Ph.D.

Every life lived has something to teach us about ourselves and God, does it not?

Darren Sproles' Wife Was Not Happy With The Saints

Posted 03.13.2014 | Sports

The wife of NFL running back Darren Sproles was not happy with the way her husband was treated by the New Orleans Saints. After learning that the team...

Arrest Warrant Issued For Former NFL Star

AP | CHEVEL JOHNSON | Posted 04.29.2014 | Sports

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Arrest warrants were issued Thursday for former NFL safety Darren Sharper and another man, accusing them of raping two women in Ne...

It's A Miracle! Pope Paul VI Moves Closer To Sainthood

Posted 02.26.2014 | Religion

Theologians have approved Pope Paul VI's unexplained healing of an unborn child as a miracle. The Medical Commission of the Congregation for the C...

Ireland, The Land Of Many Saints

AP | HELEN O'NEILL | Posted 04.20.2014 | Religion

DUBLIN (AP) -- St. Patrick may have banished snakes and brought Christianity to Ireland, but perhaps his greatest feat was one of sheer endurance. Aft...

Who Was the Real St. Valentine?

Joe Boyd | Posted 04.16.2014 | Religion
Joe Boyd

A young priest named Valentine held the firm conviction that marriage should not be denied by the state. He began to secretly and illegally perform marriage ceremonies. More and more Roman soldiers sought him out.

Envelope Season

Maggie Van Ostrand | Posted 03.23.2014 | Comedy
Maggie Van Ostrand

This is the season where awards shows give out their envelopes of excellence. I'm more concerned with another kind of envelope, the kind charities sen...

LIVE: Saints vs. Seahawks

Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports

Saints vs. Seahawks TIME: 4:35 p.m. ET LOCATION: CenturyLink Field, Seattle TV: FOX It's time for the top seeds to join the action. After...