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Saint Padre Pio on Anxiety
Last edited 22nd September 2014

As we celebrate the feast day of the great Padre Pio today (23 September), let us reflect on his moving words on personal struggle, anxiety, and seeking a spirit of peace.

Pope Paves Way for Canonisation for Sri Lanka's First Saint
Last edited 18th September 2014

Pope Francis has cleared that way for the canonisation of Sri Lanka's first saint. The Congregation for the Causes of Saints stated that the Pope had approved a vote by the Ordinary Session of Cardinals and Bishops in favor of canonizing Blessed Joseph Vaz. For the second time in his papacy, Pope Francis bypassed the second miracle required by candidates for canonisation. The only other time the Pope has done this was for the canonization of Pope St. John XXIII.

Saint Cyprian of Carthage and Pope Saint Cornelius
Last edited 16th September 2014

Saint Cyprian of Carthage and Pope Saint Cornelius - Feast Day 16th of September


Feast Days of St John XXIII and St John Paul II Announced
Last edited 15th September 2014

The Vatican has announced the feast days of the Saints John Paul II and John XXIII who were canonised at an historic double ceremony in St Peter's Square in April this year. The Feast Day of St John XXIII will be celebrated on 11 October. St John Paul II's Feast Day will be celebrated 11 days later on 22 October.


Rare Photos of 12 Modern Saints as Children
Last edited 10th September 2014

The older a person gets, the more they can usually appreciate the incredible potential that exists within every young child. What will they learn? What will they discover? Will they have a family of their own? What will be their greatest highs? What will be their darkest lows? The saints are far from perfect, but they are individuals whom the Church holds up as examples of people who truly followed after Christ, lived in God’s grace, and demonstrated heroic virtue. But they all started out as young children like everyone else: full of potential that could have been used for great good or not.


St. Peter Claver
Last edited 9th September 2014

Boarding the slave ships as they entered the harbor, he would hurry to the revolting inferno of the hold, and offer whatever poor refreshments he could afford; he would care for the sick and dying, and instruct the slaves through Negro catechists before administering the Sacraments. Through his efforts three hundred thousand souls entered the Church. Furthermore, he did not lose sight of his converts when they left the ships, but followed them to the plantations to which they were sent, encouraged them to live as Christians, and prevailed on their masters to treat them humanely. He died in 1654.

Feast Day of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta - 5 September
Last edited 5th September 2014

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, was the daughter of an Albanian businessman who died when she was nine years old. She became a nun, missionary and teacher in Calcutta, India in 1928, but in 1948 she left the convent to work alone with the poor, and became an Indian citizen. She founded the Congregation of the Missionaries of Charity in 1950. In 1957 the Missionaries of Charity started their work with lepers and in disaster areas.


Pope Gregory the Great - Feast Day 3 September
Last edited 2nd September 2014

Today (3 September) we celebrate the feast day of Saint Gregory the Great, who was Pope from 3 September 590 to his death in 604. Gregory is well known for his writings, which were more prolific than those of any of his predecessors as pope. He was the first of the popes to come from a monastic background, and is a Doctor of the Church as well as one of the Latin Fathers. He is considered a saint in the Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church, Anglican Communion, and some Lutheran churches. He is the patron saint of musicians, singers, students, and teachers.

29 August – Beheading of St. John the Baptist
Last edited 28th August 2014

The Church, having already celebrated the birthday of St. John the Baptist on June 24, also honours the anniversary of his martyrdom on 29 August.


St. Augustine: 10 Things to Know and Share
Last edited 28th August 2014

August 28th is the memorial of St. Augustine, bishop and doctor of the Church. He is one of the most influential Church Fathers and theologians in history. So who was he and why is he so famous?


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