Vatican announces consistory to approve canonization of Mother Teresa

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis will preside over a consistory to approve the canonization of five men and women, including Women religious celebrate Mass in front of the tomb of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata in this Dec. 18, 2015, file photo from India. (CNS photo/Piyal Adhikary, EPA), the Vatican announced. The March 15 consistory…

If miracle approved, Blessed Teresa could be canonized Sept. 4

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican calendar for the Year of Mercy deliberately set aside Sept. 4, 2016, as a possible date for the canonization of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata, if her sainthood cause is concluded by then. The canonization would be celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square at the end of a…

Serra canonization should awaken mission spirit, says head of Extension

WASHINGTON (CNS) — For Catholic Extension, the canonization of St. Junipero Serra Sept. 23 marked a renewal of the 110-year-old organization’s help to the marginalized. “We have to awaken our mission spirit in the United States,” said Father Jack Wall, president of Catholic Extension, in a phone interview with Catholic News Service. “You can’t do…

St. Therese’s parents to be first married couple canonized together

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The parents of St. Therese of Lisieux will be canonized at the Vatican Oct. 18, during the Synod of Bishops on the family. Louis Martin (1823-1894) and Marie Zelie Guerin Martin (1831-1877) will be the first married couple with children to be canonized in the same ceremony. Other married couples are…

Canonization doesn’t mean Blessed Serra was perfect, experts say

ROME (CNS) — Blessed Junipero Serra is being canonized because he was holy, not because he was perfect, said a team of experts on the life and ministry of the 18th-century Spanish missionary. Although he is a historian, not a theologian, Robert Senkewicz said: “My sense is that people are not canonized because they are…

Ambiguities about Serra should not discount sainthood, panelists say

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Although the upcoming canonization of Blessed Junipero Serra has stirred mixed reaction, a group of panelists April 22 said the ambiguities around the friar should not discount the good work he did or the positive dialogue and reconciliation that could result from his sainthood. “He made a lot of mistakes, but he…

Pope proclaims Sri Lanka’s first saint, right to religious freedom

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CNS) — Canonizing Sri Lanka’s first saint, who ministered to Catholics under persecution three centuries earlier, Pope Francis proclaimed what he called the “fundamental human right” of religious freedom. “Each individual must be free, alone or in association with others, to seek the truth, and to openly express his or her religious…

John XXIII and John Paul II to be saints

News of canonizations has ‘gladdened hearts’ of faithful, cardinal says July 19, 2013, edition By Catholic News Service The two popes whose canonizations received final clearance July 5 “each had a profound impact on the church and the world “ as New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan put it. Pope Francis signed a decree clearing…