• During the family summit, Francis declares a couple with kids as saints

    During the family summit, Francis declares a couple with kids as saints

    • Oct 19, 2015

    ROME — Against the backdrop of a contentious Synod of Bishops on the family, Pope Francis found a way on Sunday to remind the 270 prelates gathered in Rome, as well as everyone else, what it’s all about with another papal first: He canonized a married couple who had children.

  • Pope Francis’ homily at canonization Mass of Junípero Serra

    • Sep 23, 2015

    Rejoice in the Lord always! I say it again, rejoice! These are striking words, words which impact our lives. Paul tells us to rejoice; he practically orders us to rejoice. This command resonates with the desire we all have for a fulfilling life, a meaningful life, a joyful life. It

  • 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

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