Sainthood cause of Kansas priest who was chaplain takes a step forward

WICHITA, Kan. (CNS) -- The sainthood cause of Father Emil Kapaun, a priest of the Wichita Diocese who was a military chaplain during the Korean War an died in a prison camp, is one step closer to consideration by the pope.
Six historical consultants of the Vatican Congregation for Saints' Causes met in Rome recently and approved the historical documents submitted by the Diocese of Wichita on behalf of Father Kapaun's cause.

DEAR FATHER | Kneeling before statues is sign of respect for God, our saint friends in heaven

In a previous "Dear Father" column, we looked at objections to statues and other images that people have made of one of the Divine Persons, Mary or of one of the saints. This question builds on that article by asking if we have these images, is it appropriate to kneel before them in prayer? By extension, we can include bowing or even reverencing the statue (kissing the statue).

THE WAY OF JOY: Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla spreads a joy-filled message from her saint-mother’s life


The drone of children babbling and crying during Father Timothy Elliott's homily did not phase him one bit.

He knew their presence was a precious gift, all because of a special saint.

Mother Teresa to be canonized Sept. 4; pope sets other sainthood dates

A group of Missionaries of Charity stood underneath a poster of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata in Kolkata, India, in 2007. Pope Francis will declare her a saint at the Vatican Sept. 4, the conclusion of the Year of Mercy jubilee for those engaged in works of mercy.

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis will declare Blessed Teresa of Kolkata a saint at the Vatican Sept. 4.

The date was announced March 15 during an "ordinary public consistory," a meeting of the pope, cardinals and promoters of sainthood causes that formally ends the sainthood process.

At the same consistory, the pope set June 5 as the date for the canonizations of Blessed Stanislaus Papczynski of Poland, founder of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, and Blessed Mary Elizabeth Hesselblad of Sweden, who re-founded the Bridgettine sisters.

Pope Francis recognizes miracle needed to declare Mother Teresa a saint

Pope Francis has approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata, thus paving the way for her canonization. Blessed Teresa is pictured in a 1995 photo.

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis has approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata, thus paving the way for her canonization.

Pope Francis signed the decree for Blessed Teresa's cause and advanced three other sainthood causes Dec. 17, the Vatican announced.

Saint's relics prompt reflection on God's mercy

Relics of St. Maria Goretti ad St. Peter Cathedral in Belleville, Ill.

Father Anthony Gerber held a precious gift on the visit to St. Peter Cathedral in Belleville, Ill.

Given to him by the Discalced Carmelite Sisters for his ordination in May 2011, the gift is a small monstrance, gold in color, about six-inches tall and containing a first-class relic of St. Maria Goretti.

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