• COMING THURSDAY: The Crux ‘Saints Madness’ brackets

    • Mar 16, 2015

    Like many Catholics, you probably have a small stable of saints to whom you pray regularly. Perhaps there are several saints you particularly admire for what they preached, who they saved, or even how they died. Now’s your chance to show your preferences by voting for your favorite saints in

  • Pope celebrates Canadian saints, including a working mom

    • Oct 12, 2014

    ROME — During the weekend break of the Oct. 5-19 Synod of Bishops on the family, Pope Francis celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving in St. Peter’s Basilica for the recent canonization of two new Canadian saints, St. Francois de Laval and St. Marie of the Incarnation. Both are cases of what’s

  • A few facts about the beatification process

    • Oct 4, 2014

    Saturday’s beatification of a New Jersey nun credited with curing a boy’s eye ailment marks another step in a process that started nearly 70 years ago. Here are a few facts about the process: Q: What is beatification? A: Beatification is the third of four steps to become a saint.

  • Church beatifies New Jersey nun

    • Oct 4, 2014

    NEWARK, N.J. – A New Jersey nun credited with curing a boy’s eye disease is moving a step closer to sainthood with her beatification. A beatification Mass for Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovich, who died in 1927 at age 26, was being led Saturday by Cardinal Angelo Amato at the Cathedral

  • The case for sainthood for Pope Paul VI

    The case for sainthood for Pope Paul VI

    • Oct 4, 2014

    Google “Pope Paul VI” and “beatification” and you won’t find yourself slogging through a blizzard of news. It appears that his upcoming beatification, to be celebrated in Rome Oct. 19 as the final step before sainthood, is doomed to relative obscurity even before it happens. Neglect isn’t a new experience

  • Venezuelans looking to ‘Holy Thugs’ for protection

    • Oct 2, 2014

    They gather in the cemetery, sometimes by the dozens, kneeling in prayer, drinking liquor and smoking cigarettes as offerings to the small statue of the long-dead robber Ismael. Ismael is a member of Venezuela’s pantheon of “Santos Malandros” — or Holy Thugs. The faithful believe these former criminals are seeking