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Pope Francis waves from the window of the Apostolic Palace on Feb. 7, 2021./ Vatican Media/CNA.

Pope Francis Applauds Beatification of Monks Who Died Protecting the Eucharist

In his Regina Coeli address Sunday, Pope Francis applauded the beatification of six Cistercian monks who were martyred while trying to protect the Eucharist from desecration by French soldiers in 1799.

Notices highlight the death of Rosario Livatino in 1990. Credit: Rosario Livatino Study Center.

How a Martyr Killed by the Mafia in Italy Inspired a Generation of Catholic Lawyers

Soon-to-be Blessed Rosario Livatino was a Catholic judge brutally killed by the mafia in Sicily in 1990. Today his legal legacy lives on through the work of a center in Italy dedicated to issues of life, the family, and religious freedom.

Judge Rosario Livatino. Public domain.

Pope Francis Recognizes Martyrdom of Judge Killed by Mafia in Italy, to be Beatified

Pope Francis has recognized the martyrdom of Rosario Livatino, a judge who was brutally killed by the mafia on his commute to work at a courthouse in Sicily.

Servant of God Archbishop Christophe Munzihirwa, SJ, murdered in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), on 29 October 1996.

Beatification Cause of Murdered Congolese Jesuit Prelate “progressing normally”: Official

The Beatification Cause of the Congolese Jesuit Archbishop Christophe Munzihirwa is progressing as per the given guidelines, an official familiar with the process has said.

The uncovered tomb of Blessed Carlo Acutis in Assisi, Italy. / Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Blessed Carlo Acutis’ Tomb Closes After Extended Time of Public Veneration

The glass that has allowed pilgrims to view Blessed Carlo Acutis will be permanently covered Monday as the official multi-week celebration of the Italian teen’s beatification in Assisi comes to an end. 

The tomb of Blessed Carlo Acutis in Assisi, Italy. / Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Blessed Carlo Acutis’ Doctors Recall His Last Days in Hospital

Fifteen-year-old Carlo Acutis died within a week of being diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia, offering his suffering for the pope and for the Church. Following his beatification last Saturday, his doctors and hospital chaplain recalled their memories of his final days.

The tomb of Blessed Carlo Acutis in Assisi, Italy. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Public Veneration of Blessed Carlo Acutis’ Tomb Extended as Pilgrims Flock to Assisi

The Diocese of Assisi announced Wednesday that the period of public veneration of Blessed Carlo Acutis has been extended until Oct. 19 due to the number of people who wish to pray at his tomb. 

An image of Carlo Acutis was unveiled at his beatification Mass in Assisi, Italy Oct. 10, 2020. / Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Beatification of Carlo Acutis: The First Millennial to be Declared Blessed

With the beatification of Carlo Acutis in Assisi Saturday, the Catholic Church now has its first “Blessed” who loved Super Mario and Pokémon, but not as much as he loved the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.

Carlo Acutis. Credit: carloacutis.com.

Beatification Date Set for Italian Computer Programming Teen Carlo Acutis

Venerable Carlo Acutis, an Italian teenager and computer programmer who died in 2006, will be beatified October 10 in Assisi, Italy. 

An image of Blessed Irene Stefani Nyaatha, Italian-born Consolata Missionary Sister who ministered in Kenya and was beatified in May 2015 in Nyeri, Central Kenya.

At Fifth Anniversary of Sr. “Nyaatha’s” Beatification in Kenya, Leaders Hail Her Virtues

Five years after thousands of pilgrims from across the globe gathered in Kenya’s central town of Nyeri to witness the beatification of Consolata Missionary Sr. Irene Stefani Nyaatha, the first event of its kind to be held in Eastern Africa, the Archdiocese Nyeri has collaborated with Consolata Missionaries to mark the 5th anniversary of the raising of the Italian-born nun to the rank of Blessed.