In this video, Cardinal Bergoglio (now Pope Francis) reflects on the conversion of St. Augustine, his prayer life, and what St. Augustine can teach us about our relationship with God.
Mother Laura Montoya was born in Jericó, Antioquia in 1874, and dedicated her life to defending the rights of Colombia's indigenous population. In 1914, she founded a religious congregation that provides education and training to marginalized people. Her work was even recognized by Colombian authorities when she was alive. She was canonised on May 12 by Pope Francis, becoming Colombia's first saint.
Here is the address given by Pope Francis prior to the recitation of the Regina Caeli at the end of the Canonization Mass celebrated in St. Peter's Square today.
On 10 May we celebrate the feast of St. Damien of Molokai - the Belgian missionary who worked in Hawaii serving the sick and the dying. Watch this video to learn more about this great Saint.
Mother Laura Montoya will be canonised by Pope Francis on 12 May 2013, becoming the first saint from Colombia!
A life devoted to service best describes Mexican nun Maria Guadalupe García Zavala, better known as Mother Lupita. Her dedication and her service to God and to people in need are in the spotlight as she's elevated to the highest realm for Catholics, sainthood. She will be canonised by Pope Francis on 12 May 2013.
The upcoming canonisation of the 800 martyrs of Otranto (which will take place on 12 May 2013), seals off a 500 year process. On August 13, 1480, when Ottoman soldiers invaded Otranto, the commander ordered them to renounce their faith and convert to Islam. The 800 men, led by Antonio Primaldo, said they preferred one thousand times over, to die, rather than renounce Jesus, the Son of God. They were executed.
Pope Francis will make history on 12 May 2013, during the canonization of the newest saints to the Catholic Church. Not only is it his first canonisation ceremony, but he's set to become the Pope with largest number of saints created, overnight. The Pope will be canonising:
On May 7, the Church celebrates the recently-canonized Italian educator Saint Rosa Venerini, who founded Catholic schools for girls and young women during the late 17th and early 18th centuries.
Today is the feast of Sts. Philip and James! The readings at Mass tell us that the example of the Apostles is the most certain and direct path to heaven. They suffered and were persecuted, but they placed their confidence in God and now they rejoice in heaven. We too must have confidence in God and not be troubled in our adversities. In our Father's house there are many mansions, and if we follow the way indicated by Him, Christ will come at the end of our life and take us to Himself.
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