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...]

Pope Paul VI To Be Beatified October 19

Pope Paul VI

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...]