Baby Mary Sisters Safeguard a Precious Statue

The Maria Bambina, a wax image of the Child Mary created in 1730

Just a block or so from St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, there live an order of nuns affectionately known as the “Baby Mary Sisters.” The actual name of their religious order is the Sisters of Charity or, more commonly, the Sisters of Maria Bambina; and they came to mind because on September 8, we celebrate the birthday of the Virgin Mary.The Baby Mary Sisters got their name because since the 1700s they have been caretakers of a wax statue of the Holy Child Mary (Maria Bambina).  The sta … [Read more...]

Approved Miracle Sets Paul VI on the Road to Sainthood

Pope Paul VI

Last week Venerable Pope Paul VI moved one step closer to canonization, when the consulting theologians from the Congregation for the Causes of Saints approved a miracle attributed to his intercession.In December, I reported that the Medical Commission of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, headed by the Pope's personal physician, had declared that the former pope’s healing of an unborn child is “unexplainable” and had forwarded the case to theologians for review before the case goes t … [Read more...]

Pope Paul VI May Be Beatified Soon, After Healing of Child In Utero

Pope Paul VI

Pope Paul VI, author of the 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life), will likely be beatified in the next few months, according to a report by Italian journalist Andrea Tornielli.Writing in the Italian newspaper La Stampa, Tornielli reports that the Medical Commission of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints has declared that the former pope’s healing of an unborn child is “unexplainable.” Patrizio Polisca, Benedict XVI and Francis’ personal doctor, is chair of the Medical Commiss … [Read more...]


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