Mother Teresa to be canonized Sept. 4; pope sets other sainthood dates

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service Pope Francis will declare Blessed Teresa of Kolkata a saint at the Vatican Sept. 4, the conclusion of the Year of Mercy jubilee for those engaged in works of mercy. The date was announced March 15 during an “ordinary public consistory,” a meeting of the pope, cardinals and promoters…

Timeline of key events in life and ministry of Blessed Junipero Serra

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CS) — Here is a timeline of key points in the life, ministry and sainthood cause of Blessed Junipero Serra, the 18th-century Spanish missionary to California. Pope Francis is scheduled to canonize the Franciscan friar Sept. 23 during his visit to Washington. — 1713: Born and baptized Miquel Joseph Nov. 24 in Petra…

Pope recognizes martyrdom of Archbishop Romero

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — After decades of debate within the church, Pope Francis formally recognized that Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero was killed “in hatred of the faith” and not for purely political reasons. Pope Francis signed the decree Feb. 3, recognizing as martyrdom the March 24, 1980, assassination of Archbishop Romero in a San Salvador…

Possible acceleration of Romero sainthood cause creates mixed emotions

NOTRE DAME, Ind. (CNS) — Scholars who have studied the life of murdered Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero say a reading of the tea leaves suggest advancement of his sainthood cause is imminent. The new is being met with jubilation by many Romero researchers and with mixed emotions by Salvadorans. Supporters of the cause for Romero’s…

Fr. Tolton, First African-American U.S. diocesan priest sainthood candidate

CHICAGO (CNS) — With prayers, songs and sealing wax, Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago formally closed the investigation into the life and virtues of Father Augustus Tolton Sept. 29 in a ceremony in the St. James Chapel at the Archbishop Quigley Center. The prayer service marked the binding and sealing of the dossier local…

Archbishop Sheen’s sainthood cause suspended indefinitely

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The canonization cause of Archbishop Fulton Sheen has been suspended indefinitely, according to a statement issued Sept. 3 by the Diocese of Peoria, Illinois, where the archbishop was born. The suspension was announced “with immense sadness,” the diocese said. “The process to verify a possible miracle attributed to Sheen had been going…

Bishops ask pope to beatify ArchbishopRomero in El Salvador

May 23, 2014, edition By Catholic News Service Pope Francis assured the bishops of El Salvador that the sainthood cause of slain Archbishop Oscar Romero was proceeding well, and the bishops asked him to come to El Salvador to preside personally over the archbishop’s hoped-for beatification. Archbishop Jose Escobar Alas told reporters May 18 that…