“Fastest nun in the West” moves toward sainthood

Details:  An Italian-born nun who confronted Billy the Kid, calmed angry mobs and helped open New Mexico territory hospitals and schools faced her first test for the long road to sainthood on Tuesday. Supporters and researchers presented their case before the Archdiocese of Santa Fe at a ceremonial “first inquiry” in Albuquerque on why Sister Blandina [Read More...]

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St. Monica, pray for us

Today is the feast day of the mother of St. Augustine. I’ve always loved this image of her, from the great John Nava, who created the stunning tapestries of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles. The picture here comes from the website for the Church of St. Monica in the Diocese of Trenton, New [Read More...]

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Meet the man St. Maximilian Kolbe replaced in Auschwitz

Today is the great saint’s feast day. The story of his martyrdom is well-known, but I’m not sure how many know the details about the man whose life he saved. It’s chronicled in Wikipedia:  Franciszek Gajowniczek, a Roman Catholic, was born in Strachomin near Mińsk Mazowiecki. He lived in Warsaw since 1921, and had a wife and two sons. He was a professional [Read More...]

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On St. Lawrence, deacon: “He loved Christ in his life, he imitated him in his death”

August 10 marks the feast of St. Lawrence, deacon and martyr.  From a homily by St. Augustine:  The Roman Church commends this day to us as the blessed Lawrence’s day of triumph, on which he trod down the world as it roared and raged against him; spurned it as it coaxed and wheedled him; and [Read More...]

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Who was Stephen?

Over at Christian Crier, at the Patheos Evangelical Channel, writer Jack Wellman has some thoughts that may be of interest to deacons: Stephen’s name is derived from the Greek name “Stéfanos” and means “honor,” “wreath” or “crown” and Stephen may have been the first Christian martyr in the church. Stephen was a deacon in the [Read More...]

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Padre Pio’s remains to be displayed in Rome

From Rome Reports:  The remains of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina,  commonly known as the Padre Pio, will be exhibited in St. Peter’s Basilica from February 8th to 14th, 2016 to mark the Holy Year of Mercy. It was announced on the website of the Convent Sanctuary of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina. According to the post, the Pope [Read More...]

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Pope approves decrees of canonization for St. Therese’s parents

Details:  Pope Francis approved on Saturday the decrees allowing for the canonization of Louis and Zelie Martin, the parents of St. Therese of the Child Jesus (of Lisieux). The Holy Father approved the decrees allowing Louis and Zelie Martin to be canonized during the Ordinary Consistory in the Apostolic Palace of the Vatican. The couple [Read More...]

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Will this man become the first U.S. martyr saint?

From Aleteia:  There has never been a canonized martyr from the United States, but a vote at the Vatican this week may lead to an Oklahoma priest becoming the first. A special Theological Commission at the Congregation of the Causes of Saints in Rome voted Tuesday to formally recognize Father Stanley Rother a martyr. The [Read More...]

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St. Ephrem, deacon

We salute him today, his feast day, over at the CNEWA blog, One-to-One:   An aspect of Ephrem’s unusual personality is evident in the fact that, although ordained a deacon, he never became a priest — avoiding consecration by feigning madness. Although no certain explanation can be found for this behavior, some biographers believe it was [Read More...]

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Catholic university moves statue of missionary after some complain it is racist—UPDATED

Details:  Saint Louis University has removed a statue on its campus depicting a famous Jesuit missionary priest praying over American Indians after a cohort of students and faculty continued to complain the sculpture symbolized white supremacy, racism and colonialism. Formerly placed outside the university’s Fusz Hall in the center of the private Catholic university, the statue will [Read More...]

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