Posts Tagged ‘sainthood’

First step towards sainthood taken for PNG Bishop Comments 0

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

On 15 April Pope Francis authorised the Congregation of the Causes of Saints to promulgate a decree regarding the heroic virtues of Bishop Alain-Marie Guynot de Boismenu, the second vicar apostolic of Papua New Guinea.  This is the first step in the process that leads to sainthood. His cause was opened in 1984  and was forwarded Read more

Pope Paul VI miracle approved Comments 0

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Theologians have approved a miracle attributed to the intervention of Pope Paul VI. Experts at the Congregation for Saints Causes have recognised the healing of an unborn child through the intercession of the late Roman pontiff. This is another step on the path to possible canonisation as a saint for Paul VI, who was one Read more

Sainthood one step closer for Suzanne Aubert Comments 0

Friday, February 21st, 2014

The Sisters of Compassion have announced that as part of the process for obtaining the canonisation of Suzanne Aubert, an historical consultation took place on 4th February. The votes were unanimously positive for her cause to proceed. The process for seeking sainthood for Suzanne Aubert began in the 1980s. Jessie Munro wrote a biography of Read more

Miracle puts Paul VI one step closer to sainthood Comments 0

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Vatican officials have approved what they believe to be a miracle attributed to the intercession of Pope Paul VI, putting the pontiff who served for much of the 1960s and ’70s one step closer to possible sainthood. The Vatican’s Medical Commission of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints said the healing of an unborn Read more

The boring business of being a (girl) saint Comments 0

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

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

John Paul II closer to declaration of sainthood Comments 0

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Theologians at the Congregation for the Causes of Saints have approved a second miracle granted through the intercession of Blessed John Paul II, moving him closer to being declared a saint. Although the process is
supposed to be secret at this point, the Italian news agency ANSA reported that the proclamation of sainthood “needs only the Read more

Sainthood cause for Archbishop Romero is ‘unblocked’ Comments 1

Friday, April 26th, 2013

The Vatican official responsible for the sainthood cause of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador says his cause has been “unblocked” by Pope Francis. Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia gave no further details of why the cause had been blocked in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Archbishop Romero was shot in 1980 as he Read more

Reported miracle moves John Paul II closer to sainthood Comments 0

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Blessed Pope John Paul II is a step closer to being declared a saint with evidence of a second reported miracle being investigated by a commission of medical experts. John Paul II was beatified in 2011 after the Congregation for the Causes of Saints accepted evidence of the healing of a French nun, Sister Simon Read more

US bishops support sainthood for Dorothy Day Comments 0

Friday, November 16th, 2012

The Catholic bishops of the United States have endorsed the cause for sainthood of social activist Dorothy Day — who was famously quoted as saying, “Don’t call me a saint. I don’t want to be dismissed so easily.” Day, who died in 1980, established with Peter Maurin the non-violent, pacifist Catholic Worker movement, which claims Read more