Blessed George Napier, Priest and Martyr, Pray For Us

The triptych at Blessed George Napier School in Banbury

On November 8, 1610, a British cleric by the name of George Napier was executed in Oxford, England, for the crime of being a priest.George Napier [alternate spelling: George Napper] was born at Holywell Manor in Oxford and studied at Corpus Christi College; but he was expelled from the school in 1568 as a "recusant"--someone who refused to attend Anglican services.  In 1580 he was imprisoned in the Wood Street Counter, a small prison in London, but was freed in 1589 when he acknowledged t … [Read more...]

Blessed Paul VI, Pray for Us

Blessed Pope Paul VI

Today in Vatican City, Pope Francis has beatified his predecessor Pope Paul VI, who was pontiff from 1963 until his death in 1978.Beatification is the official recognition by the Church that the deceased is in heaven, and is the first step toward formally declaring the person a saint (called canonization).  According to rules laid down by the Catholic Church, one miracle must be believed to have taken place through the intercession of the person.How fitting that Pope Paul VI, author of … [Read more...]

Born Into Slavery, Fr. Augustus Tolton May Become a Saint

Fr. Augustus Tolton

On March 2, 2010, Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago, announced that he was beginning an official investigation into Father Augustus Tolton’s life and virtues, with a view to opening the Cause for his canonization. The following year—on February 24, 2011—the Roman Catholic Church officially began the formal introduction of the Cause for sainthood of Father Tolton.  He was designated Servant of God; and Historical and Theological Commissions were established, with the responsibil … [Read more...]