Posts Tagged ‘beatification’

Saint Romero of the Americas Comments 1

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013
Romero and Julian

It would be wrong for me to anticipate the mind of the Church, but I personally believe that one day Oscar Romero will be declared a Saint of the Church. These were the carefully-chosen words of Cardinal Basil Hume in a tribute to Archbishop Romero at a memorial service in Westminster Cathedral the week after his assassination Read more

Saints John Paul II and John XXIII Comments 0

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Today’s announcement by Pope Francis of the canonization of Blessed John Paul II was not a surprise. From the time of his death in 2005, when crowds shouted “Santo Subito!” in St. Peter’s Square, to Pope Benedict XVI’s waiving of the normal five-year rule (the process of canonization normally doesn’t begin until five years after Read more

Pope calls on Mafia gangsters to convert to God Comments 0

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

A day after the beatification of a Sicilian priest killed by the Mafia, Pope Francis called for “these gangsters” to convert to God. Father Giuseppe Puglisi, who was murdered by Sicilian Mafia in 1993, was beatified in Palermo on May 25. Shocked by his death and inspired by his example, many of Sicily’s priests began Read more

Speculation over beatification for Oscar Romero Comments 0

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

The election of a Latin American Pope has renewed speculation about the likelihood of beatification for Bishop Oscar Romero, the Archbishop of San Salvador who was murdered at the altar 33 years ago. The Congregation for the Causes of Saints has been examining Romero’s cause since 1996. Bishop Gregorio Rosa Chavez, Auxiliary Bishop of San Read more

Beatification of Pope Paul VI gets approval Comments 0

Friday, December 21st, 2012

The Congregation for the Causes of Saints has approved the beatification of Pope Paul VI, the pope who led the Church through most of the Second Vatican Council and the post-conciliar period, and who wrote the encyclical Humanae Vitae. Two steps are necessary before a date for his beatification is announced — a decree from Read more

First feast day of Blessed Pope John Paul II celebrated Comments 0

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Thirty-three years ago today Cardinal Karol Wojtyla was installed as Pope John Paul II. October 22, 2011 the Catholic Church around the world celebrated his feast day as Blessed John Paul II, just six and a half years after the end of his papacy. At the Vatican, a prayer vigil was scheduled for the afternoon Read more

Pope names three new saints Comments 0

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI has created three new saints for the Catholic Church during a Mass in St. Peter’s Square that was disrupted by a man who climbed up to the colonnade surrounding the square and burned a book.

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John Paul statue appalls critics’ and Vatican creativity Comments 0

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

A new John Paul statue at Rome’s central Termini railway station has attracted criticism from experts and the Vatican. The unconventional statue shows the former pope as a giant hollowed out figure and was meant to round off celebrations marking the beatification of John Paul and mark the former pontiff’s 91st birthday. An outstretched arm Read more

Mugabe calls John Paul II’s beatification absolutely heavenly Comments 0

Friday, May 6th, 2011

President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe told journalists on his return to Harare,  that the late John Paul II’s beatification was “fabulous” and “absolutely heavenly”. “It was right that the spiritual honour be given to Pope John Paul II,” Mugabe said. The Vatican waded off a lot of criticism aimed at it for inviting the Zimbabwe Read more

Papacy, Monarchy – embody intangible realities Comments 0

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Last Friday night we were forced to make agonizing choices – which TV programme? The netball, the rugby or The Wedding? Issues implied by one of the topics merit our serious attention. Any debate on the British Monarchy is like a debate on the Church – in many ways they are similar. Neither has democratic Read more