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SaintsAndBlesseds

 

A sign more than a slip of the tongue

“The Lord has provided that, after centuries of waiting, a Pope who would take the name of Francis would extend the liturgical cult in honour ...

Imitators of Christ  who 'precedes us' in love

Pope Francis joined spiritually with the many faithful who participated in the beatification of 522 Spanish martyrs, held on Sunday, 13 October in Tarragona, Spain. ...

Pastor and martyr

Martyred with cruelty for no more than carrying out his priestly ministry, the young parish priest Miroslav Bulešić was born in the Istrian village of ...

In Rio, the inventor of WYD

Following Madrid, the “inventor” of WYD will also be present in a certain way in Rio de Janeiro: as of last Sunday Blessed John Paul ...

May he help us to follow in his footsteps

The Decree of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments has been published. With this document the Dicastery is pleased to ...

Exemplary model of kindness and humility

DECREE Exercising his paternal care over Jesus, Saint Joseph of Nazareth, set over the Lord’s family, marvelously fulfilled the office he received by grace. Adhering ...

With the courage of faithfulness

The courage of faithfulness to Christ and to his Gospel: this is the message to Christians of the 802 new saints canonized by the Bishop ...

Faithful until martyrdom to the mission

Out of his 31 years of priesthood (1587-1618) Fr Nicolò Rusca – the priest who was beatified on Sunday, 21 April in Sondrio, in the ...

The Cross of Christ versus the swastika of Hitler

A strong and courageous woman. Ward sister and head nurse in an Austrian hospital, she firmly opposed the anti-religious measures on the arrival of Nazi ...

Cyril and Methodius bridges of Faith for Europe

Cyril and Methodius were “authentic precursors of ecumenism, for they laboured in service of unity and of the multiform fullness of the Church, as they ...

The heart does not stop beating

The bed, the desk, the kneeler, the blanket, the holy relic, the chair, the portable tabernacle, the list of nuns. These and other simple objects ...

How to be evangelizers

Bearing witness and proclaiming the Christian message, “configuring ourselves to Christ and following his same way of life”: this was Benedict XVI's suggest for “how ...

Ten saints for the Year of Faith

The bishops' conference of the United States has made another contribution to rediscovering the faith. In a recent note the secretariat for evangelization and catechesis ...

Hildegard of Bingen a woman and sage of the Church

The following is the English text of the Apostolic Letter of Pope Benedict XVI, dated 7 October 2012, proclaiming Saint Hildegard of Bingen, professed nun ...

John of Avila preacher and spiritual master

The following is the English text of the Apostolic Letter of Pope Benedict XVI, dated 7 October 2012, proclaiming Saint John of Avila, diocesan priest, ...

Making evangelization concrete

Confessio and caritas are pillars of evangelization. The path of the new evangelization must run along these lines. Benedict XVI stressed this in his reflection ...

Francis of Assisi, Newman and the Gospel

Blessed John Henry Newman, in his great book, A Grammar of Assent, distinguishes two forms of knowledge. He calls one “notional” and the other “real.” ...

Francis Xavier reaches his arm out to Australia

On 14 September St Francis Xavier will leave Rome to strengthen and spread the faith among the peoples of the East. Of course not the ...

Continuity with the form of Franciscan life

“Opening ourselves to the future with hope by revisiting our identity so that without giving up what is not negotiable, it will be possible to ...

A shining star

The following is a translation of the message in Spanish that Benedict XVI sent to Bishop Jesús García Burillo on the occasion of the 450th ...

Two women and two castles

There are two women who, on closer acquaintance, prove to be in special harmony with the objective of reform of Benedict XVI — who is ...

‘Inner, intellectual freedom’

The following is the Bishop of Aberdeen’s homily on the Feast of St John Oglivie, 10 March, given at the Parish of St Thomas in ...

Yves Klein in flight with St Rita

The 22nd of May is the Feast of St Rita: a very popular saint, especially for her well known power of miraculous intercession. Few know ...

The spark of fire

Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1197) is one of the great figures of medieval culture: because the profundity of her world-view and the versatility of what she ...

What is an equivalent canonization

On Thursday, 10 May, Pope Benedict XVI extended to the Universal Church the liturgical worship in honour of St Hildegard of Bingen. This is a ...

A great intellectual

Hildegard of Bingen has finally been proclaimed a saint by the Church after centuries, even though she has been venerated as such since her death, ...

A Pope of dialogue

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran reminisced over John Paul II’s vision of interreligious dialogue at a conference held on Tuesday evening, 8 May. The meeting was part ...

For the Feast of St Joseph

In this popular depiction, St Joseph holds the Infant Jesus in his arms. In turn the Child caresses and supports his father, with a cross ...

Shining over children who suffer

Chiara “Luce” Badano, the 18-year-old girl, who died in 1990 in Sassello, Italy, of cancer, one of the most painful varieties, is the protectress of ...

Chronicler of holiness

The Secret of Sister Nothing was one of the very first, followed by The Hands that Healed the City , The Captain’s Testament , Lelia ...

Transformed by love

“Three new saints who allowed themselves to be transformed by divine love which marked their entire existence,” said Benedict XVI on Sunday morning, October 23rd ...

Changed by love

On Sunday, 23 October, World Mission Day, Guido Maria Conforti, Luigi Guanella and Bonifacia Rodríguez de Castro were canonized by Benedict XVI in St Peter’s ...

Franciscans and united Italy

“On October 20, 1873, the government took possession of the Convent and sent the Notary, Venuti, with two witnesses and the city assessor, Placido di ...

Teacher of Conscience

A year ago, on 19 September 2010, Pope Benedict XVI beatified the famous English theologian John Henry Newman. During his Christmas audience with the Roman ...

The earthly repose of the Apostle Philip

“Even in Asia, great stars repose, who will rise again on the last day of the parousia of the Lord…(among these) Philip, one of the ...

In face of suffering humanity

On July 31st in San Fele, Potenza – birthplace of Justin De Jacobis, Lazzarist missionary and evangelizer of Ethiopia – the Archbishop Prefect for the ...

Movement in three parts

We publish some excerpts of an article which will appear in the next edition of the Italian bi-monthly, "Life and Thought" Beginning with the certainty ...

Honor St. Thomas by studying his thought

We publish below, in bold, sections of a talk given by Paul VI in Aquino, Italy – birthplace of St. Thomas Aquinas – which were ...

Bishop and governor

On Sunday, June 5th in El Burgo de Osma, Soria, Spain, Juan de Palafox will be proclaimed Blessed. It will be a day of joy, ...

The Eucharistic Jesus in the lives of Bl. John Paul II and Bl. Teresa of Kolkata

The world of believers and non-believers alike had been eagerly awaiting Divine Mercy Sunday, 1 May 2011. St Peter’s Square was filled with vast numbers ...

Beatification coin and stamp

Not by chance was 1 May chosen for the Beatification of John Paul II. This year it coincided with the Second Sunday of Easter which ...

John Paul II invites youth to run the risk of faith

I wanted to be here in St. Peter’s Square for the beatification of John Paul II, together with two of our Polish brothers, in memory ...

With Wojtyla on the Memorial Day

“What are you doing here? You should be a priest.” A small joke served to melt the tension of a high Israeli political exponent sent ...

Pope Wojtyła in St Peter’s

In preparation for his Beatification, John Paul II’s tomb in St Peter’s Basilica’s was opened on Friday, 29 April, and his casket was removed. Present ...

Wojtyla recounted without hyperbole or rhetoric

Celebrating the sanctity of a figure such as Karol Wojtyla without resorting to hyperbole is an admittedly difficult task. Equally difficult is the attempt to ...

Photos of the Beatification of John Paul II

We were not left speechless but we did realize that words do not suffice to describe certain events. So in addition to the abundant documentation ...

The faith of Peter

In the last sixty years, there have been three ceremonies for the beatification of a Roman Pontiff. In 1951, Pius X was elevated to the ...

With prayer he embraced the world

On Monday morning, 2 May, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of State, presided at a Mass of thanksgiving for for the Beatification of John Paul II ...

An immense crowd for a solemn and joifull celebration

Pope Wojtyla was there. In that Square once more spilling over with a crowd unable to resist his call. A crowd which could not be ...

When he opened wid to Christ the doors of hearts

Karol Wojtyla could be proclaimed a saint in just a few years according to Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of State. Interviewed by Bruno Vespa on ...

A face shown to the world

We re-publish the editorial of the “Newspaper of Brescia” from the front page of the Sunday, May 1st edition. The curtain which hung from the ...

Blessed are you John Paul II because you believed!

“ Blessed are you, beloved Pope John Paul II, because you believed! Continue, we implore you, to sustain from Heaven the faith of God’s people”. ...

A papal welcome

The Holy Father sent this special message to “the Pope’s newspaper”, published on 1 May, to welcome the faithful to the John Paul II’s Beatification. ...

In Defense of Human Life John Paul II and Feminine Genius

Karol Wojtyla demonstrated his attention to and respect for women - as well as the sympathy with which he looked upon the other half of ...

In God’s dimension

To reflect on a Beatification such as John Paul II’s helps one to enter with inner freedom into God’s dimension: the dimension to which the ...

The Jews and the frail Pope

Every time you met John Paul II you had the feeling that something important was happening; he had a solemnity about him that was instantly ...

All the Pope’s saints

Holiness is “the very measure of Christian living”. The Holy Father said this at the General Audience of Wednesday, 13 April, in St Peter’s Square, ...

The great treasure of the little Thérèse

At the General Audience on Wednesday, April 6, in St Peter’s Square, the Holy Father spoke to the faithful about the “marvelous story of Love” ...

The world needs people of peace

On Wednesday, 23 March, at the General Audience in St Peter’s Square, the Holy Father commented on St Lawrence of Brindisi, a Capuchin friar who ...

He set out limping trusting to luck

How can one describe this exceptional book? As a biography, a hagiography or a spiritual meditation? It is all these at the same time but ...

True liberty excludes violence

In an epoch such as ours that seeks freedom even with violence and unrest, the “fascination and full message on the reality of love that ...

There can be no reform of the Church without personal conversion

At the General Audience on Wednesday, 23 February, the Holy Father commented on St Robert Bellarmine, the great Jesuit theologian and Doctor of the Church ...

Three founders to be saints on 23 October

On Monday morning, 21 February, in the Vatican’s Consistory Hall, Benedict XVI held an Ordinary Public Consistory to approve the canonization of the three Blesseds: ...

Who gives man wings

At the General Audience on Wednesday, 16 February, in the Paul VI Audience Hall, the Holy Father commented on St John of the Cross (1542-1591), ...

My father’s Catechism

Catechists and preachers must be able “to combine harmoniously fidelity to dogmatic principles with the respect that is due to every person” the Pope said. ...

The friendship of God

Praying does not mean wasting time but rather discovering the very essence of our life: God’s love, the Pope said at the General Audience on ...

Joan and the Name of Jesus

For Benedict XVI “the link between mystical experience and political mission” is one of the most significant aspects of Joan of Arc’s holiness. At the ...

John Paul II to be beatified 1 May

On Friday, 14 January, the Holy Father granted Cardinal Angelo Amato, sdb , Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, a Private Audience ...

An exemplary life

The Beatification of John Paul II, at which his Successor will preside on the liturgical anniversary of his death, is an historic event which has ...

A thread of gold links man and God

On Wednesday 12 January, at the General Audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall, the Holy Father commented on St Catherine of Genoa — in ...

Authority is to serve others

At the last General Audience of the year 2010, held on Wednesday, 29 December, in the Paul VI Audience Hall, the Holy Father commented on ...

The just man the new man

At noon on the Fourth Sunday of Advent, 19 December, before leading the recitation of the Angelus with the faithful in St Peter’s Square, the ...

A true image of the Crucified Christ

On Wednesday, 15 December, at the General Audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall, the Holy Father commented on St Veronica Giuliani, a Capuchin Poor ...

Newman on Councils and their aftermaths

On 22 and 23 November, an International Symposium with the theme “The Primacy of God in the Life and Writings of Blessed John Henry Newman” ...

A champion for truth in anticipation of eternal beatitude

The International Symposium on the theme “The Primacy of God in the Life and Writings of Blessed John Henry Newman”, organized by the International Centre ...

Purification and reform come from personal commitment

Benedict XVI addressed a Message to Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi, Archbishop of Milan, on the occasion of the 400th Anniversary of the Canonization of St Charles ...

A celebration of Sainthood

On Sunday morning, 17 October, the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, the Holy Father presided at Mass in St Peter's Square for the Canonization of ...

St Mary of the Cross

More than 8,000 Australians in St Peter's Square and hundreds and thousands around the world, saw a great moment in our history yesterday. Pope Benedict ...

The rational faith of Newman

The Beatification of John Henry Newman by Pope Benedict XVI in Birmingham on 19 September was the Beatification not only of a holy priest who ...

Chiara Luce Badano's ‘sublime goal’

On Saturday, 25 September, the Church offered to all, especially young people, a youthful model of Christian life: Chiara Badano, the 19 year-old Italian who ...

The Pope and Newman

In England's green and pleasant land saints have been thin on the ground of late, at least those recognised by the Church. So English Catholics ...

Benedict XVI and Mother Teresa

The Holy Father sent a personal Message to Sister Mary Prema Pierick, mc, Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity, on the 100th anniversary of ...

The power of a smile

Marking the centenary of the birth of Mother Teresa, 26 August, a Salesian priest and former editor of ‘The Herald, Calcutta’ (Estd. 1839), outlines the ...

The wisdom of a reformer Pope

At the General Audience Benedict XVI wished to recall the figure and work of Pius x, the last of his Predecessors to be canonized. In ...

The Pope blesses  the statue of St Hannibal Mary

Rogate ergo Dominum messis ut mittat operaios in messem suam , “Pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send labourers into his harvest” (Mt ...

The Church is an immense force for renewal

On Monday evening, 28 June, the Holy Father went to the Basilica of St Paul Outside-the-Walls where he celebrated First Vespers of the Solemnity of ...

Pray for the sanctification of the Church

On Thursday morning, 24 June, after his Visit to the “Don Orione” Centre, the Holy Father went to the neighbouring Dominican Monastery of Our Lady ...

Nature is a book written by God

On Wednesday, 24 March, at the General Audience in St Peter's Square, continuing his Catecheses on the Christian culture of the Middle Ages, the Holy ...

Six new Saints on 17 October

On Friday morning, 19 February, Pope Benedict xvi held an Ordinary Public Consistory for voting on the Canonization Causes of Bl. Stanis³aw So³tys (Kazimierczyk), a ...

The real historical Francis is the Francis of the Church

On Wednesday, 27 January, during his General Audience Catechesis Benedict xvi spoke to the faithful gathered in the Paul vi Audience Hall about St Francis ...

Callista and the Hunger for God in the Empire

Professor Waterman Ward devlivered a paper during the International Symposium on the theme “The Primacy of Godin the Life and Writings of Blessed John Henry ...

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