Posts Tagged ‘Saints’

A saint for difficult people: Dorothy Day

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

One way to understand the saints—the radiant, aberrant beings next to whom the rest of us look so shifty and shoddy—is to imagine them as cutting-edge physicists. Their research, if you like, has led them unblinkingly to conclude that reality is not at all what, or where, or who we think it is. They have Read more

Chiara Luce Badano: Generation X Blessed

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Though perhaps not yet a “superstar” saint, Blessed Chiara Luce Badano’s story is rapidly building a following, especially among younger Catholics today, in part because her selfless acceptance of suffering provokes both curiosity and esteem among post-modern types. This coming October 7 is the 25th anniversary of the death of an amazing young adult Christian Read more

Miracles of healing and Vatican’s new rules

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Miracles of healing will have to be checked against new rules. Pope Francis has approved revised norms to ensure transparency. Historical and scientific accuracy are also important factors. The Congregation of Saints Causes must have at least six medical experts on a Consultation Team panel. Two-thirds of the team must approve a statement declaring a Read more

Saints are made to be role models and to inspire – Cardinal Dew

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

“Saints inspire us, they are made saints so that we can look up to them as role models, figures who show us how to live out our discipleship, how to use the gifts God has given us,” said Cardinal John Dew, the Archbishop of Wellington in his homily on Saturday. He was preaching at a Mass 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

New financial rules for those putting causes of saints

Friday, March 11th, 2016

Pope Francis has imposed new rules governing the establishment and management of funds for the advancement of investigations into the lives of people proposed for sainthood. The new financial accountability regulations came after reports of gross abuses on the use of donations from the faithful. At least two books by Italian journalists revealed that the Read more

Former Aubert creche could become major tourist attraction

Friday, February 26th, 2016

An old creche in Memorial Park could bring an influx of tourists and millions of dollars to Wellington, but it’s not without headaches according to Suzanne Aubert Compassion Centre director Francis Fanning. Fanning said a key part of that plan would be to turn the Home of Compassion creche, which was built by Mother Aubert in Read more

Relics whose stories have gripped the world

Friday, November 27th, 2015

The University of Oxford is to become a world leading centre into the study of religious relics following the launch of a new department. This ground-breaking centre, based in Keble College’s Advanced Studies Centre, is to be composed of computer and medical scientists as well as historians, classicists and theologians. Such an interdisciplinary approach builds Read more

Sister Blandina – friend of Billy the Kid

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

Billy the Kid, a notorious bank and stage-coach robber of the Wild West, met his match in the most unlikely of people when he met Sister of Charity Blandina Segale. According to legend, and to Sister Blandina’s journal and letters, one of Billy the Kid’s gang had been shot and was on the brink of Read more

The house for all sinners and saints

Friday, November 6th, 2015

Lutheran pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber admits that she does not look — or act — like a typical church leader. Heavily tattooed and with a tendency to swear like a truck driver, Bolz-Weber was once a standup comic with a big drinking problem. But she was drawn to Lutheran theology, and when a group of friends Read more