• Pope beatifies Paul VI at synod’s end

    • Oct 19, 2014

    VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis on Sunday beatified Pope Paul VI, concluding the remarkable meeting of bishops debating family issues that drew parallels to the tumultuous reforms of the Second Vatican Council which Paul oversaw and implemented. Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI was on hand for the Mass, which took place

  • Pope Paul VI’s four biggest legacies

    • Oct 19, 2014

    Francis is trying to overcome polarization in the Church by focusing not so much on Pope Paul VI’s controversial Humanae Vitae, but on his many other groundbreaking, though often overlooked, contributions. Here are four of them: 1. Reformer Chief among them was Paul’s call for a more missionary Church that

  • Paul VI was pope of firsts, a pope of dialogue, cardinal says

    • Oct 19, 2014

    VATICAN CITY – Retired Italian Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, who comes from the same diocese as Pope Paul VI did and worked for him in the Vatican Secretariat of State, described the late pope as a man rich in spirituality, a thinker and a pastor “very sensitive to the challenges

  • A few facts about the beatification process

    • Oct 4, 2014

    Saturday’s beatification of a New Jersey nun credited with curing a boy’s eye ailment marks another step in a process that started nearly 70 years ago. Here are a few facts about the process: Q: What is beatification? A: Beatification is the third of four steps to become a saint.

  • Church beatifies New Jersey nun

    • Oct 4, 2014

    NEWARK, N.J. – A New Jersey nun credited with curing a boy’s eye disease is moving a step closer to sainthood with her beatification. A beatification Mass for Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovich, who died in 1927 at age 26, was being led Saturday by Cardinal Angelo Amato at the Cathedral

  • The case for sainthood for Pope Paul VI

    The case for sainthood for Pope Paul VI

    • Oct 4, 2014

    Google “Pope Paul VI” and “beatification” and you won’t find yourself slogging through a blizzard of news. It appears that his upcoming beatification, to be celebrated in Rome Oct. 19 as the final step before sainthood, is doomed to relative obscurity even before it happens. Neglect isn’t a new experience