Saints who endured false accusations

Some were able to clear their names; others went to their deaths because of the lies. Throughout history, there has beeen saints who endured false accusations. A false accusation has the power to ruin—or even end—a life. For those who have experienced the agony of being falsely accused, these saints stand as witnesses that is… Continue reading Saints who endured false accusations

Prayers to the 4 Saints of impossible causes

St. Rita of Cascia, St. Jude Thaddeus, St. Philomena, and St. Gregory Thaumaturgus are widely known for their intercession on behalf of impossible causes. Prayers to the 4 Saints of impossible causes is a great place to start when all seem hopeless! The communion of saints (in Latin, communio sanctorum) is the spiritual union of… Continue reading Prayers to the 4 Saints of impossible causes

Why Do Catholics Pray to Mary and The Saints? Instead of directly to God

Many Catholics have been accused of worshipping Mary and the Saints Why Do Catholics Pray to Mary and The Saints? Instead of directly to God When Catholics pray to Mary and the Saints in Heaven, it is not in worship but in a fervent request for their prayers on our behalf. As scripture indicates, those… Continue reading Why Do Catholics Pray to Mary and The Saints? Instead of directly to God

Young man healed by Padre Pio recounts story of miraculous cure

Madrid, Spain, Nov 19, 2018 / 07:46 pm.- Matteo Pio Colella was just 7 years old when he contracted a deadly disease. Doctors believed there was no hope for the boy, but he made a full recovery. His cure was the miracle that paved the way for the canonization of St. Padre Pio by Pope… Continue reading Young man healed by Padre Pio recounts story of miraculous cure

What the littlest children can teach us about suffering

“There will be saints among the children.” So said Pope Pius X, when he lowered the age that children could receive their First Holy Communion. Previously, children had to be 10 or 12, now they are typically in second grade, or about seven or eight years old, though exceptions are made for some who are… Continue reading What the littlest children can teach us about suffering

It's official: Pope Francis to canonize Fatima visionaries during May visit

During his trip to Portugal for the centenary of the Fatima Marian apparitions next month, Pope Francis will canonize visionaries Francisco and Jacinta Marto, making them the youngest non-martyrs to ever be declared saints. The children will be canonized during Pope Francis’ May 13 Mass in Fatima. The decision for the date was made during… Continue reading It's official: Pope Francis to canonize Fatima visionaries during May visit

Phoenix mother: St. Charbel cured my blindness

When a Phoenix mother lost her eyesight due to a rare medical condition, she feared she would never be able to see her four children again. But then St. Charbel came to her aid. Dafne Gutierrez suffered from benign intracranial hypertension (BIH), a condition that causes increased pressure in the brain. In 2012, the increased… Continue reading Phoenix mother: St. Charbel cured my blindness

In New York, Catholic convert takes a step toward sainthood

The Catholic convert who founded the Society of the Atonement, Father Paul Wattson, S.A., could be one step closer to recognition as a saint. “Father Paul started a small week of prayer on the top of a mountain in Garrison, and now it’s a worldwide movement,” Father Brian Terry, S.A., the minister general for the… Continue reading In New York, Catholic convert takes a step toward sainthood

Pope’s tip for becoming a saint: Pray for someone who doesn’t like you

Pope Francis visited the parish of St Mary Josefa on the edge of the Diocese of Rome A practical first step toward holiness — as well as for assuring peace in one’s family and in the world — is to pray for a person who has caused offence or harm, Pope Francis said. “Are you… Continue reading Pope’s tip for becoming a saint: Pray for someone who doesn’t like you

Priest attributes 'miraculous' healing to Venerable Margaret Sinclair

A Glasgow priest says he firmly believes he survived a recent near-fatal health scare thanks to the miraculous intercession of Venerable Margaret Sinclair, the poor Edinburgh girl turned nun who died in 1925. “For 32 years of priesthood, I’ve been preaching the resurrection of Christ and this is a sign for me that I am… Continue reading Priest attributes 'miraculous' healing to Venerable Margaret Sinclair

Pope Francis reveals the greatest strength of the Church

Pope Francis said Monday the strength of the Church does not reside primarily in grand gestures, but in the quiet faith of Christians in minority areas, who continue to practice even in the face of persecution and martyrdom. “We are pleased when we see a great ecclesial act, which has been a great success, the… Continue reading Pope Francis reveals the greatest strength of the Church

This priest from Oklahoma was a martyr – here's his powerful story

“Padre, they’ve come for you.” Those were some of the last words heard by Father Stanley Francis, spoken by someone staying at the mission in Guatemala who had been led, at gunpoint, to where “Padre Francisco” was sleeping. It was 1:30 in the morning on July 28, 1981, and Guatemala was in the throes of… Continue reading This priest from Oklahoma was a martyr – here's his powerful story

Crippling disease brought this priest to the confessional – and then sainthood

St. Leopold Mandic may not be as recognizable as his Capuchin brother, St. Pio of Pietrelcina, but his life is a moving testament to perseverance and faith despite lifelong physical ailments. St. Leopold was born Bogdan in 1866 in Dalmatia, Croatia and he was the youngest of 12 children. From an early age, Bogdan suffered… Continue reading Crippling disease brought this priest to the confessional – and then sainthood

Have souls in Purgatory visited people on earth?

Nestled in Rome just outside the Vatican, a small unassuming museum dedicated to the souls in Purgatory displays simple items such as prayer books and clothing. Nothing too unusual, until you realize that each allegedly show the marks of the deceased – such as inexplicably burned fingerprints – when they appeared to loved ones asking… Continue reading Have souls in Purgatory visited people on earth?

Two martyrs, four priests and a mystic nun sainted by Pope Francis

Pope Francis stood before St. Peter’s Basilica on Sunday to proclaim the Church has accepted into its fold seven new Saints. Beautiful tapestry portraits of each new saint hung from St. Peter’s Basilica above the main square, where Pope Francis spoke to pilgrims and introduced each new Saint. Radio Vatican estimated about 80,000 people were… Continue reading Two martyrs, four priests and a mystic nun sainted by Pope Francis

Pope canonises seven saints who ‘fought the good fight of faith’

Francis celebrated a canonisation Mass in St Peter’s Square on Sunday The seven new saints of the Church were holy not because of their own efforts but because of “the Lord who triumphs in them and with them,” Pope Francis said. Each one “struggled to the very end with all their strength,” which they received… Continue reading Pope canonises seven saints who ‘fought the good fight of faith’

Miracles…are a sign of God's presence' – Vatican changes miracle verification

Changes to the regulations for confirming alleged miracles during the causes of saints aim to preserve the scientific rigor of the examination and maintain its distinction from matters of theology, it was announced Friday. The changes, which were approved by Pope Francis Aug. 24, were announced by the Vatican Sept. 23. They concern the professional… Continue reading Miracles…are a sign of God's presence' – Vatican changes miracle verification

My Memoir of St. Padre Pio: Price of Suffering and Beatification by the Brush of Grace

Miraculous testimony of an elite level gymnast touched by Padre Pio: ‘Pio, like all the saints, is like the window-washer that scales tall buildings to clear away the muck and allow us to see His luminous rays aflame. God sends them, as He pushes us forward, to wipe clean the windows of not only our own lives,… Continue reading My Memoir of St. Padre Pio: Price of Suffering and Beatification by the Brush of Grace

A New Book in Vatican that possesses Five Major claims

A book, Merchants in the Temple by a journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi had a recent revised copy that have reached the Association of Press. The book details the mismanagement and internal resistance to quench Pope Francis’ financial reform efforts. Here are five key claims made by Nuzzi in his book, which is due to be published on Thursday:… Continue reading A New Book in Vatican that possesses Five Major claims