- Oct 19, 2020
Although accused of being Communists, three priests and two seminarians murdered in Argentina in 1976 under a military regime today are seen as martyrs to the faith. Many Argentinians hope it will be their pope, Francis, who opened their saint cause 11 years ago, who canonizes them.
Hundreds of Catholics crowded into a Minnesota cathedral in late June to venerate relics of St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, two English saints martyred for their faith, and whose relics were on an American tour as part of the U.S. bishops’ annual “Fortnight for Freedom” campaign.
Joan Sheen Cunningham, the archbishop’s oldest living relative, was joined by others in filing a legal petition with the Supreme Court of the State of New York, asking that the body be transferred to Peoria, Illinois, and the Diocese of Peoria says a beatification could happen shortly afterwards.
A cloth containing a drop of the late pope’s blood was stolen from the Cologne cathedral on Sunday, and it’s not the first time somebody has made off with a relic of St. Pope John Paul II.
The new saints include Elizabeth Hesselblad, a Lutheran convert who hid Jews during World War II and was proclaimed “Righteous Among the Nations” by Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust center.
Members of a parish shut down over its installation of a statue of a controversial local priest have launched a hunger strike and are suing the Archbishop for violating their religious freedom.