Blessed Pope Paul VI may be canonized later this year

Congregation for the Causes of Saints approves second miracle by unanimous vote on Feb. 6., next step is official decree by Pope Francis

On Tuesday the Congregation for the Causes of Saints approved the second miracle needed for the canonization of Blessed Pope Paul VI, allowing his canonization to take place, possibly later this year. According to Vatican Insider, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints approved the miracle by a unanimous vote Feb. 6. The next step is for Pope Francis to also give his … [Read more...]

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Vatican tightens rules for verifying miracles

Supermajority now required for a cause for sainthood to continue to the next step

The following comes from a September 23 Catholic News Agency article by Hannah Brockhaus: 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, … [Read more...]

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New rules for saints’ causes

Pope Francis orders more financial transparency

The following comes from a March 10 Catholic News Agency article by Elise Harris: Pope Francis has issued new guidelines for ensuring financial transparency in advancing causes of beatification and canonization, requiring both an administrator to oversee the process and annual budget checks. The new rules govern the way funds for causes of canonization or beatification … [Read more...]

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It’s official!

Mother Teresa is going to be canonized

The following comes from a December 18 Catholic News Agency article by Elise Harris: After months of anticipation, the miracle allowing for the canonization of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta has officially been approved by the Vatican, though as of now no specific date for the event has been given. Rumors of the canonization have been building for months. However, the … [Read more...]

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New Eastvale parish to honor slain archbishop

A Catholic church planned for Eastvale could be the nation’s first named for Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero

The following comes from a September 21 Press Enterprise article by Stephen Wall: The name of a slain Salvadoran archbishop who was beatified in May will adorn a new Roman Catholic parish planned in Eastvale. It’s likely the first parish in the United States named for Blessed Oscar Romero, who was assassinated in El Salvador while celebrating Mass in 1980, a national … [Read more...]

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It’s happening

Father Junipero Serra's canonization will occur on September 23

The following comes from an April 18 Vatican Information Service blog post: This morning in the Holy See Press office, the Day of Reflection dedicated to “Friar Junipero Serra, apostle of California, witness of holiness”, to be held on Saturday 2 May at the Pontifical North American College of Rome, Italy. At the beginning of the press conference, Fr. Federico Lombardi, … [Read more...]

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Don’t put Uncle Harry in Heaven too soon

Among heresies floating around Catholic circles

The following comes from an Oct. 20 posting on the blog site of Father Ed Broom, OMV, associate pastor of St. Peter Chanel Church in Hawaiian Gardens. At funerals all too often you hear: “Well, he is no longer suffering!” And, “Now he is in a much better place.” And another common saying: “Now he is in heaven with the Lord in glory!” Although the persons who have expressed … [Read more...]

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Did prayer to wartime priest

Lead to East Bay man’s cancer recovery? … [Read more...]

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