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Catholic Saints

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.

New Native American Saint Stirs Mixed Emotions

Religion News Service | Renee K. Gadoua | Posted 10.20.2012 | Religion

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (RNS) Sister Kateri Mitchell was born and raised on the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation along the St. Lawrence River. She grew up hearing ...

The Patron Saint Of Pregnant Women

Christina Capecchi | Posted 12.16.2012 | Religion
Christina Capecchi

The Catholic Church offers a patron saint for every conceivable cause: for alcoholics, and archeologists; for protection against breast cancer or mice. But why, given the array of mothers who have been declared saints, is the patron saint of pregnant women a man and a virgin?

Celebrating Hildegard Of Bingen, Doctor Of The Church, Herald Of The Divine Feminine

Matthew Fox | Posted 12.15.2012 | Religion
Matthew Fox

The current anti-woman pope has declared Hildegard, a nature-based mystic and a fighter for justice inside and outside the church, a herald of the Divine Feminine to a patriarchal world and church, a Doctor of the Church. Do we have the courage to listen to her?

Leprosy Survivors Look To Their New Saint

Religion News Service | Renee K. Gadoua | Posted 10.13.2012 | Religion

KALAUPAPA, Hawaii (RNS) At 81, Barbara Marks is among the last 17 leprosy patients Hawaii banished to the remote peninsula of Kalaupapa. Over more tha...

50 Years After Vatican II, Should Pope John XXIII Be A Saint?

Religion News Service | Greg Tobin | Posted 10.04.2012 | Religion

(RNS) Fifty years after Pope John XXIII convened the Second Vatican Council that revolutionized the Catholic Church, will the jolly man known as the "...

Spirit Of St. Francis Lives Strong In Assisi

Religion News Service | Francis X. Rocca | Posted 10.04.2012 | Religion

ASSISI, Italy (RNS) When some 550 religious and humanitarian leaders gathered in this Umbrian hill town last month to promote the causes of love and f...

Mother Teresa As A Psalm

Religion News Service | David Van Biema | Posted 09.09.2012 | Religion

(RNS) On September 5, 1997, the world mourned when Mother Teresa, whose work with the poorest of the poor made her a global icon, died of a heart ailm...

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.

St. Benedict vs. Rugged Individualism

Thomas Worcester | Posted 09.10.2012 | Religion
Thomas Worcester

For Americans given over to unlimited individualism and a loud, relentless acquisition of material things, St. Benedict may be difficult to accept, but he offers a precious example of a life more fully human.

What The Fire Spared: On Mary And Motherhood

Martha Lyles | Posted 07.11.2012 | Religion
Martha Lyles

The sight was horrifying. The house had burned to the ground. A shell of the southern wall remained, but beyond that, everything had been reduced to piles of ashes and clumps of bricks.

Lent: Saints Alive!

Rev. Tim Schenck | Posted 05.28.2012 | Religion
Rev. Tim Schenck

A couple years ago I thought, why should college basketball fans have all the fun while we Christians sit around giving up chocolate? Thus Lent Madness was born.

Who Was The Real Saint Patrick?

Greg Tobin | Posted 05.16.2012 | Religion
Greg Tobin

It is no accident that Patrick's stark admission of humility comes in the first sentence of his life story. He believed his own position was lowly and unworthy -- despite his epic successes.

800-Year-Old Heart Stolen From Dublin Cathedral

AP | By SHAWN POGATCHNIK | Posted 03.05.2012 | Religion

DUBLIN -- Somewhere in Ireland, a burglar has the heart of a saint. Officials at Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin said Sunday they're distraught and...

Pope Sets Date For Canonization Of American Saints

AP | Posted 04.19.2012 | Religion

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI has set Oct. 21 as the date to make two U.S. saints: Kateri Tekakwitha, a Mohawk Indian who spent most of her life i...

New Saint's Work With Lepers Started Small, Left Big Legacy

Posted 01.10.2012 | Religion

By Renee K. Gadoua Religion News Service Barbara Koob moved from Utica, N.Y., to nearby Syracuse in the summer of 1862, when she was 24, to enter ...

Rich And Poor, From St. Luke To Warren Buffett

Thomas Worcester | Posted 12.18.2011 | Religion
Thomas Worcester

In Luke's story of the Good Samaritan, Jesus makes clear that his disciples must not spurn the poor and the injured, they must not pass by those requiring healing and assistance.

Dorothy In Love

Robert Ellsberg | Posted 10.26.2011 | Religion
Robert Ellsberg

So what, in the end, do these new letters reveal? They certainly confirm the deep, passionate love described in her memoir, thus underscoring the incredible sacrifice Dorothy endured for the sake of her faith.

Who Was St. Peter?

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 08.13.2011 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

In this segment from the film "Who Cares About The Saints?", Rev. James Martin of America Magazine discusses the life of St. Peter and how his experiences may speak to our own today.

What Saint Was The 'Little Flower'?

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 08.08.2011 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

In this segment from the film "Who Cares About The Saints?", Rev. James Martin discusses the life and legacy of St. Thérèse of Lisieux.

Santo Immediatamente! The Case For Beatifying Archbishop Oscar Romero

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 08.01.2011 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

Romero's faith moved him from being a tool of the wealthy to a champion of the poor, a church leader dedicated to reconciliation and a bishop unafraid to interpose himself between violence and his flock.

Who Was Thomas Merton? Film Explores Influential Catholic Writer

Posted 08.01.2011 | Religion

The documentary film "Who Cares About The Saints?", released by Loyola Productions, explores the lives and legacies of saints from the time of Peter t...

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.

The Rush To Beatify John Paul

Bill Briggs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Bill Briggs

However you come down on the key questions of what John Paul knew and what he allowed to take place during his papacy, there's no stopping the big party in Rome.