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  • A personal look at Fatima’s saintly Sister Lucia

    A personal look at Fatima’s saintly Sister Lucia

    Pope Francis will be visiting the Fatima shrine in Portugal May 12-13 where he will declare Jacinta and Francisco Marto saints. The former Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, who opened the cause for the canonization of their cousin, Lucia dos Santos, talks about why she was a saintly yet practical woman.

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  • Child saints have much to teach the Church on suffering, sacrifice

    Child saints have much to teach the Church on suffering, sacrifice

    The canonization of Fatima visionaries Jacinta and Francisco Marto will put the spotlight on the heroic holiness possible in children. Austin Ruse hopes it will “open the floodgates” in allowing other saintly children to be canonized. He highlights three children of this generation who lived lives of heroic virtue in his new book ‘Littlest Suffering Souls: Children Whose Short Lives Point Us to Christ.’

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  • Before proclaiming martyrs, the waiting game is needed

    Before proclaiming martyrs, the waiting game is needed

    Many of those killed in attacks targeting Christians were simply going about their daily affairs when the bomb went off, or the mob arrived. Some of them professed their faith, or at least did not deny it, before death, while others died without even knowing what was happening to them. Before the Church proclaims them all martyrs, the Church needs time to permit a fuller picture of the candidate to emerge. Waiving the mandatory five-year waiting period before opening a cause for canonization makes it harder to do that.

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