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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...

Pope Francis May Declare Sri Lanka's First Saint

AP | KRISHAN FRANCIS | Posted 09.12.2014 | Religion

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Pope Francis may make a 17th century priest Sri Lanka's first Roman Catholic saint during his trip next year, making good ...

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.

Miracle Moves John Paul II Another Step Towards Sainthood

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 08.19.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY -- Pope John Paul II has moved a step closer to sainthood. A Vatican official says a commission of theologians approved a miracle attrib...

Pope Beatifies Priest Gunned Down By Mafia

AP | Posted 05.25.2013 | Religion

ROME -- An Italian priest who stirred consciences with his anti-Mafia preaching and was gunned down by mobsters has been honored by the Vatican as a m...

Vatican: Santa Muerte Is Blasphemous

AP | Posted 07.08.2013 | Religion

MEXICO CITY — The Vatican's culture minister says Mexico's folk Death Saint is a blasphemous symbol that shouldn't be part of any religion. Car...

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.

The Girl's Guide To Saints

Tonya Hurley | Posted 04.25.2013 | Religion
Tonya Hurley

From animal attacks to anorexia, magic spells to mental illness, insomnia to insecurity, obsession to oversleeping, slander to sexual temptation, the saints have got your back, and are always there for you to talk to.

Even St. Valentine Was For Marriage Equality

Rev. David Felten | Posted 04.16.2013 | Religion
Rev. David Felten

Today, imperially minded politicians, egged on by religious conservatives, are denying American citizens their basic right to marriage. Although claiming to be informed by God, they are simply using God as a patsy to support their own agenda of discrimination and prejudice.

The Curious Christian Origins Of Valentine's Day

Greg Tobin | Posted 04.16.2013 | Religion
Greg Tobin

It is ironic that one of the more popular holidays in America is named for a saint about whom very little is known -- who, in fact, is of questionable historical provenance.

Santa Muerte And Black Magic Murder On The Border

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 03.30.2013 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

Let's hope that as the cult of the controversial skeleton saint continues to grow on this side of the border, we uphold our own cherished tradition of religious freedom.