St. Thérèse's writing desk tells the story of her mission to bring souls to Christ

Lisa Johnston | 

Nancy Schultejeans, a parishioner at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, wore her large brown scapular as she looked at the writing desk belonging to St. Thérèse of Lisieux. Schultejeans belongs to the Order of Carmel Discalced Secular, a lay community in St. Louis.
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Canonization date for John Paul II, John XXIII to be known in September

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis will host a meeting of cardinals Sept. 30 to formally approve the canonization of Blesseds John Paul II and John XXIII; the date for the canonization will be announced at that time, said Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes.

The cardinal told Vatican Radio Aug. 20 that only Pope Francis knows for sure the date he will proclaim the two popes saints, although he already implied that it is likely to be in 2014.

THE GOOD STEWARD | Saints for our time

Dan Conway

Catholics in the Archdiocese of St. Louis joined their sisters and brothers throughout the world in welcoming the news that two recent popes, Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II, soon will be canonized. Some of us remember both men, but all of us, regardless of our ages, are living in times that have been influenced by their witness to the Gospel and their sensitivity to the challenges of living our faith in turbulent times.

DEAR FATHER | What's in a name? An explanation of the saints mentioned at Mass

At the first session of the Second Vatican Council, Bishop Petar Cule from Yugoslavia rose to address the assembled bishops. The bishop had suffered greatly under the Communist government in his home country. Poor in health, yet strong in faith, Bishop Cule spoke at length about adding St. Joseph to the Roman Canon, known today as the First Eucharistic Prayer. The president of the council brushed off the nervous old bishop for more pressing conciliar matters. Unknown to both of them, another devotee of St.

St. Louisans thrilled Opus Dei leader will be beatified

When St. Josemaria Escriva de Belaguer received a vision from God in 1928 for living holiness in the everyday world, he was light years ahead of his time.

The founder of Opus Dei called for lay Catholics to work toward holiness in their vocations, both personally and professionally. This way of living eventually became a source of inspiration, promoted by his successor, Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, at the Second Vatican Council. Blessed John XXIII opened the council in 1962.

Tearful Costa Rican woman details miracle credited to Blessed John Paul

Floribeth Mora Diaz, the Costa Rican woman whose inexplicable cure has been attributed to the intercession of Blessed John Paul II, gave her testimony to the media. The Vatican announced July 5 that Pope Francis has signed the decree approving his sainthood.

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- After doctors told Floribeth Mora Diaz that a brain aneurysm left her with days to live, she retreated to her Costa Rican home and prayed to Blessed Pope John Paul II.

From her bedroom in a small town in Costa Rica's Cartago province, Mora said she heard his voice. "Rise! ... Don't be afraid."

She got up from her bed, prompting her husband to ask her, "My love, what are you doing here?" As a teary-eyed Mora recalled at a July 5 news conference, she responded to her husband, "I feel better."

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