Saints

Fatima seers are holy because of virtue, not visions, cardinal says

Portuguese shepherd children Lucia dos Santos, center, and her cousins, Jacinta and Francisco Marto, are seen in a file photo taken around the time of the 1917 apparitions of Mary at Fatima.

VATICAN CITY — As extraordinary as the apparitions at Fatima, Portugal, nearly 100 years ago were, the sanctity of the shepherd children did not hinge on their having seen Mary, a cardinal said.

"The apparition of the Virgin Mary was an occasion, but it has nothing to do with or has not influenced the reason" Blesseds Francisco and Jacinta Marto will be declared saints, Portuguese Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, former prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes, told Catholic News Service.

Tragedy prompts family to turn to saints, start company to share devotion

Joe and Colleen Klinker came up with the idea of Tiny Saints to explain the concept of death and heaven to their children after the stillborn birth of a daughter. They have since begun selling the charms.

ARLINGTON, Va. — Small, colorful plastic Catholic saints can be seen hanging from key chains, zippers and backpacks alongside Hello Kitty and Pokemon.

They're called Tiny Saints, and founders Joe and Colleen Klinker conceived the idea as they explained the death of their stillborn daughter, Melody Paige, to her older siblings.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Learning by counter-example

We learn a great deal from the saints of salvation history. They teach by example: "Be like this!" We learn a great deal from the sins of salvation history, as well. These teach by counter-example: "Don't be like this!"

The readings this week are full of teachings by counter-example.

Holy Rosary ‘Saints Museum’ celebrates Catholic education

Saints Museum player and Holy Rosary School eighth-grader Emma Buskin, center, talked about the life of St. Catherine of Bologna with fellow students. Emma dressed up as St. Catherine to give her presentations about the founder of the Poor Clares as part of the Saints Museum at Holy Rosary.

Five saints filled the small front office at Holy Rosary School in Warrenton on a recent morning as they waited to see the principal.

"Oh, my heart is so warm," said Lori Racine as she came out of her office to meet St. Catherine of Bologna, St. Cecilia, St. Sebastian, St. Bernadette and St. Hubert. "Remember to talk naturally, like you're telling a story about yourself."

All saints are role models, worthy of veneration

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Saints are a big deal for Catholics in the Rome of the West.

After all, we live in a metropolis named after a saint, the only saint among the kings of France — St. Louis, or King Louis IX.

Two saints have direct ties to the St. Louis area: St. Rose Philippine Duchesne came here in 1818 and founded the first schools in the St. Louis area; and St. Peter Claver was credited with a miracle healing, necessary for sainthood, in 1862 at St. Joseph Shrine Downtown.

Young martyr a symbol of hope for Mexico’s priests

A man held an image of St. Jose Sanchez del Rio, who was martyred at the age of 14 in 1928, before the canonization Mass for him and six others, celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Oct. 16. The other saints canonized Oct. 16 were St. Jose Gabriel del Rosario Brochero, St. Jose Sanchez del Rio, St. Salomone Leclerq, St. Elizabeth of the Holy Trinity, St. Manuel Gonzalez Garcia, St. Ludovico Pavoni and St. Alfonso Maria Fusco.

ROME — The heroism of Mexico's newest saint, St. Jose Sanchez del Rio, should embolden the nation's priests to continue their ministry with trust in God, said the vice postulator of the young saint's cause.

For priests in Mexico, especially those who denounce the activity of drug traffickers and find themselves targeted for attacks, the life of St. Jose is a call to place their "full trust in God," Antonio Berumen, the vice postulator, said.

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