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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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  • American Padre Pio moves a step closer to sainthood

    American Padre Pio moves a step closer to sainthood

    Pope Francis on Thursday approved a rafter of sainthood decisions, including a miracle attributed to Capuchin Father Solanus Casey clearing the way for his beatification. Casey is more or less the American Padre Pio, a Capuchin healer and wonder-worker known for his simplicity, his availability, and his love for ordinary people.

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  • Saints remind us of what is most human, sacred, and good

    Saints remind us of what is most human, sacred, and good

    Saint Gianna Beretta Molla, who gave up her life so that her daughter might live, shows us the wisdom of the Gospel and the church’s teachings in contested areas of human life. She points us to the cross when things are confusing and appear to be spinning, since the cross is stable and always stands firm, and perpetually shows the believer the path of love, which is not easy but which always allows goodness to win.

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  • If Pope wants to honor martyrs, fast-track their sainthood causes

    If Pope wants to honor martyrs, fast-track their sainthood causes

    Though anti-Christian persecution around the world is a widespread and growing problem, popes can’t just wave a magic wand and make police states, armed gangs and terrorists disappear. What they can do, however, is deploy their unique authority to fast-track sainthood causes for new martyrs, and Pope Francis has a looming chance to do just that when he visits India.

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  • It’s official: Pope Francis to canonize Fatima visionaries during May visit

    It’s official: Pope Francis to canonize Fatima visionaries during May visit

    Pope Francis on Thursday confirmed what has long been rumored, announcing his intention to canonize Francisco and Jacinta Marto, the shepherd children and visionaries of Fatima, when he visits the famed place in May to mark the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Mary on the site. They will become the youngest non-martyrs ever formally declared saints.

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  • Killed for love: How new martyrs showcase new kind of martyrdom

    Killed for love: How new martyrs showcase new kind of martyrdom

    Pope Francis will visit the Church of San Bartolomeo on Rome’s Tiber Island on Saturday in order to celebrate the memory of the Church’s contemporary martyrs. Although the total number of Christians killed each year for reasons linked to their faith is staggering, here’s a sampling of some of those who were killed in what St. John Paul II called ‘odium amoris,’ meaning ‘hatred of love.’

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