• It’s official: The pope declares Junípero Serra a saint

    • Sep 23, 2015

    WASHINGTON — In what is likely to be the most controversial move of his six-day visit to the United States, Pope Francis declared Spanish missionary Junípero Serra a saint Wednesday, calling him a “protector of Native Americans.” The pope’s decision to canonize the 18th-century Franciscan priest drew criticism because of

  • The postscript of a martyr

    • May 21, 2015

    Oscar Romero died because he told the truth. Oscar Romero lives because he told the truth. From out of his historic crisis he forged a universal truth, and left a postscript for us who follow to read for our own times. The details of his life are well known to

  • Vatican denies setting sainthood date for Mother Teresa

    • May 19, 2015

    ROME — A Vatican spokesman denied Tuesday that a date has been set to declare Mother Teresa a saint, insisting that the idea of doing it during the Holy Year of Mercy declared by Pope Francis is merely a “working hypothesis.” The declaration came in response to reports in Italian

  • Sri Lanka’s first saint is an icon of Catholicism in Asia

    • Jan 13, 2015

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Pope Francis today gave Sri Lanka its very first saint, canonizing a 17th- and 18th-century missionary named Joseph Vaz who helped keep Catholicism alive on the island nation during a time of severe persecution. Vaz was beatified exactly 20 years ago by Pope St. John Paul