Blessed George Napier, Priest and Martyr, Pray For Us

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...]

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

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...]

Pope Paul VI To Be Beatified October 19

Giovanni Battista Montini, Pope Paul VI, will likely be beatified--the first step toward sainthood--on October 19, according to a report by Andrea Tornielli published today in Vatican Insider.Back in December 2013, I had predicted an October date for the beatification, when a miracle attributed to the intercession of Paul VI was ruled "unexplainable" by Medical Commission of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.  The Congregation then referred the case to theologians and cardinals for f … [Read more...]