Saints

Ego Patricius: a Review of “I Am Patrick”

By Brad Miner, Catholic Thing, March 16, 2020 Is there a saint more Catholic than St. Patrick? Yet, as you probably know, the great Apostle of Ireland (and one of that nation’s patrons) wasn’t Irish at all but a Roman Briton, son of a decurion, the mayor/tax collector of the town (possibly... read more

How the earliest known relics of an English saint came to light

By David Keys, Catholic Herald, March 12, 2020 The princess St Eanswythe, who died around 660, came from one of the most important families in Anglo-Saxon England. She was the granddaughter of St Ethelbert and his wife St Bertha, the king and queen who – along with St Augustine, the first de... read more

February 14th: Saint Valentine’s Day

Long before Christianity began, the day we celebrate as Valentine’s Day [February 14th] was actually a holiday of the Roman Empire, known as Lupercalia. One of the god’s honored during this festival was Pan or Faunus, the god of nature. Another was June, the goddess of women and marriage.... read more

Fearing Rightly

By Fr. Paul D. Scalia, Catholic Thing, December 22, 2019 It is the standard angelic greeting: Do not be afraid. The mighty messengers of God, because they are so much more powerful than we are, seek to ease our understandable fear of them. But in the annunciation to Saint Joseph, the angel’s... read more

St. Thomas More Didn’t Die For This — Did He?

By Shaun Kenney, The Wanderer, August 15, 2019 Our European readers who are attempting to decipher the average Catholic in the United States would do themselves well to watch the film A Man for All Seasons featuring Paul Scofield as St. Thomas More and for good reason. One might posit that... read more

NYC arts program rejects Mother Cabrini for statue

NYC arts program rejects Mother Cabrini for statue By Christine Rousselle New York City, N.Y., Aug 19, 2019 / 03:30 pm (CNA).- A New York City public arts program has said it will not build a statue in honor of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, despite the saint receiving the most nominations in a... read more

Has St. Peter’s birthplace been discovered? Archaeologists claims to have found the site

By Jeanne Smits, Paris correspondent July 24, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – A team of Israeli and American archaeologists claims to have found the Basilica built over the house where two apostles of our Lord, St. Peter, the first Pope, and his brother, St. Andrew, were born in the fishing village of... read more

Venerable Augustus Tolton Puts Focus on Black Catholic Insight Into Holiness

Black Catholic candidates for sainthood provide a powerful answer to: Why be Catholic? Peter Jesserer Smith, July 13, 2019 CHICAGO — Pope Francis’ June 12 decree declaring Father Augustus Tolton “Venerable,” signifying that the priest’s heroic virtues are worthy of honor by the... read more

Archbishop Fulton Sheen to be beatified

By Courtney Grogan, Catholic News Agency, Vatican City, Jul 6, 2019 / 04:00 am (CNA).- Pope Francis approved the miracle attributed to Archbishop Fulton Sheen Friday, making possible the American television catechist's beatification. The Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints... read more

Fr. Augustus Tolton, former African American slave, advances toward sainthood

Venerable Augustus Tolton. Credit: New York Public Library. By Courtney Grogan Vatican City, Jun 12, 2019 / 05:03 am (CNA).- Fr. Augustus Tolton advanced along the path to sainthood Wednesday, making the runaway slave-turned-priest one step closer to being the first black American... read more

NY’S HIGHEST COURT REJECTS ARCHDIOCESE’S APPEAL TO KEEP SHEEN’S BODY

by Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D., ChurchMilitant.com, May 6, 2019    NEW YORK (ChurchMilitant.com) - New York's highest court is rejecting an appeal by the New York archdiocese to keep the body of Abp. Fulton J. Sheen. In a notice issued May 2, the New York Court of Appeals —... read more
Archbishop Angelelli (left) in a protest march in La Rioja

JORGE’S HEROES: The Dirty War and a Dirty Beatification

Before 1066 and All That