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."

Pope clears the way for the canonizations of John Paul II, John XXIII

Pope Francis signed a decree clearing the way for the canonization of Blessed John Paul II, left, and has asked cardinals to vote on the canonization of Blessed John XXIII, right.

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis signed a decree clearing the way for the canonization of Blessed John Paul II and has decided also to ask the world's cardinals to vote on the canonization of Blessed John XXIII, even in the absence of a miracle.

After Pope Francis met July 5 with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes, the Vatican published a list of decrees the pope approved related to Blessed John Paul's canonization and 11 other sainthood causes.

Honoring St. Peter Claver

Seven-year-old Ryan Harper, a Junior Daughter of the Knights of Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary, talked with her grandmother Carla Harper, not pictured, following a Mass dedicating the new Shrine of St. Peter Claver at St. Matthew the Apostle Church on June 23.

The saint hailed as the apostle to the blacks has a new place of honor here in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

A new shrine to St. Peter Claver has been erected at St. Matthew the Apostle Church in the historic Ville neighborhood of north St. Louis. Auxiliary Bishop Edward Rice presided at a blessing and dedication of the new shrine at a June 23 Mass.

Parishioners have said they believe it is the only shrine of its kind in North America.

Local educator writes children's series on the saints of North America

Barb Yoffie, coordinator of religious education at St. Clement of Rome Parish in Des Peres, recently authored several children’s books on the saints of North America with artist Katherine Borgatti through Liguori Publications. Here she read from one of her books during an interview at the school June 17.

For years, Barb Yoffie has been called an expert of sorts on the saints. So when the longtime Catholic educator approached Liguori Publications about writing a a series on the saints for young children, the Catholic publishing house located just south of St. Louis was eager to take her up on her offer.

Italian media report step toward Blessed John Paul’s canonization

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Although the process is not complete and is supposed to be secret at this point, Italian media are reporting that the canonization of Blessed John Paul II is another step closer.

The Italian news agency ANSA and many Italian papers say Vatican sources confirmed June 18 that the theological consultants to the Congregation for Saints' Causes affirmed that the description of prayers and events surrounding an alleged miracle provide evidence that the healing was accomplished through the intercession of the late pope.

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