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St. Philip Neri
Last edited 26th May 2015

If one had to choose one saint who showed the humorous side of holiness that would Philip Neri. Born in 1515 in Florence, he showed the impulsiveness and spontaneity of his character from the time he was a boy. In fact one incident almost cost him his life. Seeing a donkey loaded with fruit for market, the little boy had barely formed the thought of jumping on the donkey's back before he had done it. The donkey, surprised, lost his footing, and donkey, fruit, and boy tumbled into the cellar with the boy winding up on the bottom! Miraculously he was unhurt.


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Relics of Saints John XXIII, John Paul II Light Fires of Faith in Thailand
Last edited 25th May 2015

Scores of Catholic faithful are taking part in the Thailand tour of the sacred relics of St. John XXIII and St. John Paul II. “The visit of the relic is a blessing of God for us in our dioceses as the saints are visiting us and they light the fire of faith and hope,” Bishop Silvio Siripong Charatsri of the Chanthaburi told CNA May 18.


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Oscar Romero, 'Father of the Poor,' Beatified in El Salvador
Last edited 25th May 2015

Archbishop Oscar Romero was beatified in El Salvador over the weekend, with Pope Francis declaring from the Vatican that the martyr's feast will be celebrated on March 24 each year – the day “in which he was born into heaven.”


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Archbishop Oscar Romero Set for Beatification on Saturday
Last edited 22nd May 2015

Cardinal Angelo Amato is representing Pope Francis at Archbishop Oscar Romero's beatification ceremony. It will be held this Saturday in San Salvador. At least five cardinals will be involved, including Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga. The Honduran cardinal also announced this week that Romero will be the patron of Caritas. Many remember the Salvadoran monsignor as somebody who cared deeply about all people.

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Could Mother Teresa be Canonised during the Holy Year for Mercy?
Last edited 20th May 2015

Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi has said that Bl. Mother Teresa of Calcutta could be canonized during the upcoming Jubilee for Mercy, although he clarified that no concrete plans have been made. Fr. Lombardi told CNA May 19 that the possible canonization of Mother Teresa during the Holy Year is “a working hypothesis.”


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Church Has Four New Women Saints
Last edited 20th May 2015

Pope Francis has declared four women saints, include two Palestinians, a French nun and an Italian nun. Video by Catholic News Service. St Marie-Alphonsine Danil Ghattas and St Mariam of Jesus Crucified Baouardy were both from Palestine. St Jeanne Emilie de Villeneuve was a French nun and foundress. St Maria Cristina of the Immaculate Conception came from Italy. Video by Catholic News Service.

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Pope Francis Canonises Two Palestinian Nuns
Last edited 18th May 2015

Pope Francis has canonised two 19th Century nuns who lived in Ottoman-ruled Palestine, making them the first Palestinian saints in modern times. Marie Alphonsine Ghattas and Mariam Bawardy were among four new saints declared in Rome's St Peter's Square.


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What Would Saints Say If We Could Interview Them Today?
Last edited 17th May 2015

If St. Teresa of Avila could answer questions from reporters today, perhaps she would answer like this. "When did you find your calling, when did you discover that you loved God?”"As an adolescent, I realized I loved Him as I loved beauty, joy, and existence. I felt like I loved many other things: my body, my charm, my intelligence ... I loved Heaven and Earth.” A new book contains theoretical interviews like this one, with revolutionary saints who founded religious orders.

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Pope Celebrates Mass in Honor of Junipero Serra
Last edited 4th May 2015

The Pope left the Vatican for a few hours, to celebrate Mass at the North American College in Rome. With American seminarians seated in the pews, the Pope honored the life and legacy of Junipero Serra, the 18th century Spanish missionary who left it all behind to evangelise to Native Americans in present day California: "He ushered in a new springtime of evangelisation in those immense territories, extending from California to Florida.

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St. Joseph the Worker - Celebrating the First Day of May, Month of Our Lady
Last edited 7th May 2015

Today (1 May) is not only the first day of the month dedicated to Our Lady, it is also the feast day of her spouse, St Joseph the Worker. St Joseph shows us that work, when offered to God, not matter how mundane, is of great value. Watch this video reflection for more!

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