Posts Tagged ‘Saint’

Still saintly? McCarrick report complicates JPII’s legacy

Thursday, November 12th, 2020
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A new Vatican report’s revelations that Pope John Paul II disregarded reports about ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s sexual misconduct had Catholics on Wednesday debating the legacy of one of the modern church’s towering figures. The report triggered questions about whether John Paul was rushed through the saint-making process, and whether the author of contemporary Catholic teaching Read more

John Bradburne could be Britain’s first new saint in 50 years

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

In life, John Bradburne was a British soldier, leper colony missionary and poet. In death, he could become Britain’s first new saint in 50 years. Bradburne, whose father was an Anglican clergyman, converted to Catholicism in 1947. His experiences as a soldier in World War II are said to have influenced his conversion. He initially Read more

Why so slow on canonising Mother Teresa?

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Pope Francis is not only a good pontiff as pastor, he is also a good pontiff as church politician. In canonising two popes — Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II — who each represent the progressive and conservative wings, respectively, of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis has shrewdly bridged the church’s theological schism. But in Read more

The boring business of being a (girl) saint

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Somewhere in purgatory there must be a very large room filled with artists and writers doing time for the bad paintings, statues, and biographies of female saints they produced during their lifetime. I do not want this to be the case. Yet, when I think about all the images of consumptive 14-year-old girls that adorned Read more

I hope Chesterton is canonised and made a new patron saint of journalists

Friday, August 30th, 2013

I am intrigued by an article by Christopher Howse in the Telegraph of Saturday 17th August. Entitled “Is Chesterton to be made a saint?” It discusses the great GKC’s particular qualification for this singular honour: his optimism – “no facile cheeriness but a deep conviction that the world was fundamentally good”. This is a significant Read more

Why Pope John XXIII is on the road to canonisation

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Pope Francis declared this summer that two of his predecessors, Popes John XXIII and John Paul II have lived documentably holy lives and are entitled to the hallowed title of saints! No one has to be reminded about the life of Pope John Paul II. He was dramatically on the scene until less than a Read more

John Paul II and John XXIII may be canonised together

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Pope Francis has approved the canonisations of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII— in the latter case waiving the requirement for a second miracle. Papal spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said both canonisations could take place before the end of this year, and Vatican journalists are speculating that both pontiffs could be declared saints at Read more

Saints John Paul II and John XXIII

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

John Paul II could be canonised this year

Friday, April 26th, 2013

A committee of doctors has confirmed that there is no medical explanation for a second healing attributed to the intercession of Blessed John Paul II. The alleged miracle now requires the approval of theologians and then the cardinals and bishops of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, before being submitted to Pope Francis for Read more

Speculation over beatification for Oscar Romero

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