Posts Tagged ‘Making saints’

New Bishop’s mother may be a saint

Monday, October 17th, 2022

Pope Francis has appointed Father José María Avendaño Perea as auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Getafe. Spain. The diocesan phase of the cause for the beatification of his mother Jorja Perea, was opened  in July  Read more

Saint Queen Elizabeth?

Thursday, September 22nd, 2022
Saint Queen Elizabeth

No Western institution so skilfully orchestrates elaborate, arcane and profoundly moving rituals as the Vatican. With the exception, of course, of the British monarchy. Evidence of such mastery of panoply and sacred theatre has been in abundance these past weeks, culminating with the funeral of the Queen. And there will be more to come with Read more

Suzanne Aubert needs miracle

Monday, November 6th, 2017

Last year, Suzanne Aubert was declared “venerable” by Pope Francis, and supporters of her canonisation are now literally waiting on a miracle. A first miracle would see her named as “Blessed”, and a second would mean her being named a saint. The sisters of Compassion property in Island Bay has been developed in the expectation of Read more

Making saints

Friday, September 9th, 2016
George Pell

In our dreary world full of incredible people making claims to leadership, finding the occasional hero or heroine can’t be a bad thing. So why begrudge the Catholic Church its idiosyncratic ways of creating people for believers to admire – the saints? Mother Teresa of Calcutta – that’s what it was called when she lived Read more

Canonisation of Mother Teresa commemorated in Auckland

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

Mother Teresa of Kolkata will to be canonised by Pope Francis at St Peter’s Basilica on Sunday. And Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn will lead commemorations as part of the 11am mass on Sunday at St Patrick’s Cathedral. More than a thousand people are expected to attend the Auckland Sunday morning commemoration. People of many faiths Read more

Blessed John Paul – everybody needs heroes

Friday, April 29th, 2011

John Paul is already on the road to sainthood; his beatification takes place on Sunday. It is a move that has caused a mixed reaction. But everybody needs heroes and John Paul, as the response to his death demonstrated, is an inspiration and role model for millions of people. He is a holy hero. During his pontificate John Paul changed the Catholic Read more

Vatican runs course in Saint making

Monday, March 14th, 2011

The Vatican is running a two-month course on how to make saints. The two-month March course is bringing together 80 students from around the world to train them in the skills needed to advance the cause of their potential saint. Patience, attention to detail and being prepared to commit to what might be decades of Read more