Category: Saints

Second Bl John Henry Newman Miracle Approved

Catholic bishops have expressed hope that Pope Francis will canonise Blessed John Henry Newman in 2019 after Vatican medics said the inexplicable healing of a U.S. mother was a miracle attributable to his intercession....

At Home in the Universal Church

When Pope Francis canonised Archbishop Oscar Romero, Pope Paul VI and five others this month, Raymond Perrier was there. Here he reflects on that experience. The meaning of Catholic is of course “universal”. It...

My Friend, Fr Oscar

By Jo Tuckman – Leonor Chacón remembers every emotion she felt on March 24, 1980, as if it were yesterday. It started, she recalls, with the happiness that always accompanied the expectation that Archbishop Óscar...

Pope Paul VI Changed the Church

As the pope who oversaw much of Vatican II and its aftermath, Paul VI had to steer between continuity and innovation, as FR Valentine Iheanacho MSP explains. In many respects, the 1963-78 pontificate of...

The Pope Who Inspired Romero and Hurley

Two giants in the struggle for justice studied at the same time in Rome and took inspiration from the pope at the time, explains PADDY KEARNEY. Archbishops Óscar Romero of San Salvador and Denis Hurley...

Could this Joburg Couple Become Saints?

A  Johannesburg couple could one day become only the second married pair to be canonised, after Louis and Zélie Martin, the parents of St Thérèse of Lisieux. The archdiocese of Johannesburg has laid the...

Padre Pio: Holy and Controversial

He is one of the Church’s most popular saints, revered for his holiness, but there was a time when even a saintly pope opposed Padre Pio, who died 50 years ago next week. CHRISTEN...