Category Archives: canonisations/beatifications

John Henry Newman: A Saint for Today

by Jack Valero John Henry Newman (1801-1890) will be canonised by Pope Francis this Sunday 13 October in Rome. He lived through almost the whole of the 19th century and spent half his life as an Anglican and half as … Continue reading

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Francis declares martyred priest a ‘blessed’, calls Islamist murder ‘satanic’

[Austen Ivereigh] Pope Francis this morning declared that the elderly French priest murdered at the altar by young men claiming allegiance to the Islamic State was a martyr who had undergone a “satanic” persecution. He also said that Father Jacques Hamel’s picture … Continue reading

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Mother and the media: the holiness that captivated (most) reporters

[Austen Ivereigh] As the great river of articles and commentary now gushing forth on Mother Teresa in advance of her canonization Sunday shows, perhaps no one in the modern age – with the exception of recent popes – has managed to … Continue reading

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Pope Francis clamps down on costs of saint-making to ensure fairness

[Austen Ivereigh] In a move designed to ensure that the costs of canonisation are transparent and fair and do not favour the wealthy, Pope Francis has imposed new accountability rules on the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints. Now an … Continue reading

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