Posts Tagged ‘Canonisation’

A mistake to canonise popes like John Paul II

Thursday, November 19th, 2020
John Paul II

The recent report detailing the Vatican’s response to the scandal surrounding ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick shows why it’s a mistake to canonise popes, or anyone quickly after their deaths. According to the Vatican report released last week, Pope John Paul II received warnings about McCarrick from Vatican officials and New York Cardinal John O’Connor in 1999. Read more

Canonisation of Charles de Foucauld troubles historians

Thursday, July 16th, 2020

The canonisation of Blessed Charles de Foucauld is bothering some historians. They say his legacy is tied too closely to French colonialism in Algeria where he was murdered in 1916. In May, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints said a miracle had been attributed to the intercession of Blessed Charles, enabling his canonization to Read more

John Newman should be a Doctor of the Church

Monday, October 14th, 2019

St John Henry Newman, who was canonised on Sunday along with four others, should be considered a Doctor of the Church. He should rank alongside early Christianity’s great thinkers, Cardinal Marc Ouellet says. Ouellet, who is the Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops and a respected theologian, told the 20,000-strong crowd at the canonistaion that Read more

Prince Charles attending Cardinal Newman’s canonisation

Monday, September 16th, 2019

The Prince of Wales will travel to Rome to attend Cardinal John Henry Newman’s canonisation at the Vatican next month. “As one who has been a lifelong champion of the spiritual in everyday life, to promote understanding between faiths, and who has sought to alleviate poverty and disadvantage through his charitable work, the Prince of Read more

Chesterton hiccup highlights trouble in getting lay saints

Monday, August 12th, 2019

Following the recent announcement that the cause for sainthood for celebrated writer Gilbert Keith Chesterton would not go forward in his home diocese, Dale Ahlquist, an expert on the author, said this stall “points to the difficulty of getting a layperson canonized.” Ahlquist noted one reason given for halting Chesterton’s cause was that the author, Read more

Pope to canonise British Catholic luminary John Henry Newman

Thursday, July 4th, 2019

Cardinal John Henry Newman, one of the most influential and controversial Christian figures of the 19th century and a leading Anglican before converting to Catholicism, will be made a saint, the Vatican said on Monday. Canonisation will take place at the Vatican on October 13, it said in a statement, after Pope Francis decreed recognition Read more

Cardinal John Henry Newman among new saints

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

Pope Francis has agreed to canonise Blessed John Henry Newman, Blessed Maria Teresa Chiramel Mankidiyan and Fr Salvatore Vittorio Emilio Moscoso Cardenas (martyr). He has also declared several people to have lived lives of heroic virtue. Newman was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010. He was a 19th century theologian, poet, Catholic priest and Read more

Seven new saints canonised on weekend

Monday, October 15th, 2018

Pope Francis canonised seven new saints on Sunday in front of 70,000 people. The new saints are: Pope Paul VI, Archbishop Oscar Romero, Francesco Spinelli, Vincenzo Romano, Maria Caterina Kasper, Nazaria Ignazia of Saint Teresa of Jesus and Nunzio Sulprizio. St Paul VI was like St Paul, who “spent his life for Christ’s Gospel,” Francis Read more

Making saints out of rape victims criticised

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Making saints out of rape victims has been criticised by a senior editor of a Catholic magazine. Mollie Wilson O’Reilly, an editor at large and columnist for the US-based Commonweal magazine, was sepcifically referring to the recent beatification of Anna Kolesárová. Kolesárová was a sixteen-year old Slovak girl who was murdered in front of her Read more

Teenager’s canonisation during youth synod planned

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

A teenager’s canonisation will be included with others formally recognised as saints on 14 October. The canonisation will coincide with the world synod of bishops on young people, which will be meeting in Rome. Blessed Nunzio Sulprizio will be recognised as a saint along with Blessed Oscar Romero, Blessed Paul VI and four others. Read Read more