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St. Elizabeth Ann Seton - Feast Day 4 January

Last edited 4th January 2012

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, who was the first American-born canonized Saint, is remembered around the world on 4 January. Watch this video to learn more about her life.

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St. John Neumann - Feast Day 5th January

Last edited 3rd January 2012

On 5 January, we celebrate the feast day of St John Neumann. 'John Nepomucene Newmann' was born on 28 March, 1811 at Prachititz, Bohemia or what is now the Czech Republic. He studied for the priesthood at Charles Ferdinand University at Prague in 1833.


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The Pope Approves 7 New Saints

Last edited 9th February 2012

Pope Benedict XVI has approved the canonization of seven blesseds. Among them is the first Native American to ascend to the altars, as well as a teenager from the Philippines who died defending missionaries. Here is the full list of the soon-to-be canonised Saints.


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'Lily of the Mohawks' Came to Know and Love Christ Over Clan's Objections

Last edited 19th December 2011

Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, "the Lily of the Mohawks," is the young Indian maiden who, despite objections from some in her own clan, came to know and love Christ.


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New York's Blessed Marianne Cope is One Step Away From Being Declared a Saint

Last edited 16th December 2011

The Diocese of Syracuse in New York announced that Marianne Cope is just one step away from being declared a saint. In the 1860's, the Franciscan sister served in Syracuse, New York, before moving to Hawaii. On the Island, she ministered and cared for patients who suffered from leprosy.


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An Advent Thought from Blessed John XXIII

Last edited 15th December 2011

Advent is a very special time of year - a time of joy, and of hope. Watch this video for a short reflection on Advent - from the words of Blessed John XXIII.

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Reflection for the Feast of St. John of the Cross - 14 December

Last edited 14th December 2011

St. John of the Cross worked with St. Teresa of Avila, to reform the Carmelite order. We celebrate his feast day on 14 December. Watch this video to learn more about this great and holy Saint!

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Investigation Concludes on Alleged Fulton Sheen Miracle

Last edited 13th December 2011

A Dec. 11 Mass in Peoria, Ill. marked the official conclusion of an investigation tribunal into an alleged miracle that many attribute to the intercession of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. Since Sept. 7, the tribunal has looked into the alleged miraculous healing of James Fulton Engstrom – a one-year-old born without a pulse last year – whose parents credit his survival to the late archbishop. Visit this article to read more.

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The Light of Lights - Feast of St. Lucy, 13 December

Last edited 13th December 2011

On 13 December, the Church honors Saint Lucy - the Patron Saint of those with eye problems. Watch this video to learn more about heroic woman, who was martyred for her faith.

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The Story of "El Pelé" - "Patron of the Gypsies"

Last edited 11th December 2011

Ceferino Giménez Malla, also known as “El Pelé,” was the first gypsy to be raised to the altars. He was imprisoned and killed during the Spanish Civil War for defending a priest who was being attacked by militiamen. John Paul II beatified Ceferino Giménez in 1997, making him the first Blessed gypsy. He was unable to read or write and converted to Catholicism late in life. Watch this video for more!

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