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Jokes, Quips, Wisecracks: John XXIII Lived with Keen Sense of Humour
Last edited 23rd April 2014

Blessed John XXIII, who will be made a saint April 27, is remembered by many for his warmth, simplicity, social conscience and sense of humor. The Italian Pope John was guided by his cheerful disposition, his simple, peasant background and tongue-in-cheek, wisecracking Italian culture. For example, in reply to a reporter who asked, "How many people work in the Vatican?", John XXIII reportedly said: "About half of them."


Cardinal Pell reflects on the Canonisation of John XXIII & John Paul II
Last edited 23rd April 2014

Former Archbishop of Sydney Cardinal George Pell, who is currently the Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy in the Vatican, reflects on the legacies of John Paul II and John XXIII in the lead up to their canonisation.


Pope Francis on John XXIII: He was a man who let the Lord guide him
Last edited 23rd April 2014

For an hour and 22 minutes, Pope Francis held an improvised press conference on his flight back from Brazil. He answered all types of questions, including his thoughts on the future canonization of John XXIII.

Cardinal: Dedication to God links John XXIII, John Paul II
Last edited 22nd April 2014

The papacies of John XXIII and John Paul II are connected in their dedication to God and to lives of priestly service, a cardinal who worked with both of the pontiffs stressed.


How is Someone Declared a Saint?
Last edited 21st April 2014

Declaring someone a saint takes many years. But what is actually involved? Each canonisation includes a long process that is divided in several phases. The first one is carried out by the local diocese of the candidate.

3 New Saints: Jesuit Missionary, French Nun & Quebec's First Bishop
Last edited 4th April 2014

The Catholic Church has three new saints. Pope Francis approved their equivalent canonizations on Thursday. The Pope issued the decree after meeting with Card. Angelo Amato, the prefect for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.


Pope to Canonise 3 Saints in April by ‘Equivalent Canonisation’
Last edited 20th March 2014

Pope Francis recently told a group of Spanish bishops that he would canonize three saints by equivalent canonization on April 2, according to a report on a Spanish diocesan website.

Pope Francis: St. Joseph Helped Jesus Grow in Wisdom, Age and Grace
Last edited 19th March 2014

During his weekly General Audience, Pope Francis reflected on St. Joseph, whose feast day is today. The Holy Father dedicated his catechesis to St. Joseph’s role as guardian of the Holy Family, a role that is an example to both fathers and educators.


Solemnity of St. Joseph, Protector of Families - 19 March
Last edited 2nd April 2014

At Mass today, the purple is exchanged for white. We are celebrating a great Solemnity, the Feast Day of St. Joseph. God chose Joseph to be the husband of Mary and foster father of Jesus... and he can also be a special patron and protector for you. Watch this video reflection, as we place the protection of our families into the hands of St. Joseph.


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Theologians and Experts Reflect on the Life and Works of Álvaro del Portillo
Last edited 18th March 2014

The month of March marks 100 years since the birth of Álvaro del Portillo. The Pontifical University of the Holy Cross organized a conference to reflect on the life and works of the late prelate. For nearly 40 years, he worked alongside the founder of Opus Dei, St. Josemaría Escrivá, eventually succeeding him.

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