Posts Tagged ‘sainthood’

Millennial soon to be canonised!

Monday, May 27th, 2024

Pope Francis has authorised the promulgation of decrees concerning a new miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Carlo Acutis, paving the way for his being declared a saint. This was done after Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, Prefect of the Dicastery for the Causes of Saints, met with Pope Francis during an audience on May 23. Read more

No miracle delays Suzanne Aubert’s sainthood

Monday, April 11th, 2022
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The path to New Zealand sainthood of missionary Mother Meri Hōhepa Suzanne Aubert has been delayed. A Vatican medical council concluded recently that a potential miracle attributed to her can be explained by medical science. Sister Margaret Anne Mills, leader of the Sisters of Compassion in Island Bay, Wellington, says the medical council’s ruling means Read more

Carlo Acutis, sainthood candidate draws huge crowd

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020

The Catholic Church’s most recent candidate for sainthood is also its most modern. Lying in a glass-sided casket in jeans and a track jacket, the body of Carlo Acutis, an internet enthusiast who died in 2006 of leukemia at the age of 15, was venerated by some 41,000 visitors during a 19-day-long celebration of his Read more

The Beatitudes: The path to sainthood

Monday, November 4th, 2019

You are called by God to be a saint! And that all important calling from the Lord is not just to be seriously considered on All Saints Day – but every day! It is no coincidence that the Catholic Church proclaims the Gospel passage of the Beatitudes on the Solemnity of All Saints. For in 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

Tolkien: Is he on the path to sainthood?

Monday, July 9th, 2018

J. R.R. Tolkien, in this writer’s opinion, has one of the best innate grasps of evangelizing through beauty of anyone writing in the 20th century. Why? Because his work is permeated with a Catholic understanding of beauty. Read more

King Louis XVI’s sister – sainthood possible

Monday, November 13th, 2017

King Louis XVI’s sister, who was executed in the French Revolution, is a step closer to sainthood.  French bishops have approved officially opening of her Cause. Princess Elisabeth of France was executed along with her brother and sister-in-law, Queen Marie Antoinette. Read more

Antoine Garin the father of Bibles in schools

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

The cause of Fr Antoine Garin SM was launched on 14 April at a Mass at St. Michael’s Church, Remuera, Auckland. The launch, sponsored by an Auckland lay group, acknowledges Fr Garin’s founding of the parishes of Howick and Panmure. A good number of people were at the launch, including members of every branch of Read more

Pope Francis: Mother Teresa to become a saint on Sept. 4

Friday, March 18th, 2016

Pope Francis on Tuesday said Blessed Mother Teresa of Kolkata will become a saint on Sept. 4. Affectionately known as the “saint of the gutter” for her unconditional ‎love ‎for the poor, abandoned and marginalized, Mother Teresa earned several international honors, including ‎the ‎Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. ‎ She was beatified in 2003 by Read more

Suzanne Aubert takes another step towards sainthood.

Friday, October 9th, 2015

The Theologians examining Suzanne Aubert’s cause have accepted the writings, spirituality and goodness of Suzanne Aubert. In 1997 the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference agreed to support the first part of the formal process, called the “Introduction of the Cause of Suzanne Aubert”. Then a historical consultation (Posito) was completed and presented for  theological consultation Read more