Ana de Lobera y Torres (1545-1621), better known by her religious name Sister Ana de Jesús, helped expand the Discalced Carmelites to France and Belgium. Painting in the monastery of the Discalced Carmelites, Brussels, ca. 1650. | Credit: AnonymousUnknown author, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Pope Francis Recognizes Miracle Attributed to St. Teresa of Ávila’s Spiritual Daughter

Dec 14, 2023

In a decree signed Dec. 14, Pope Francis authorized the beatification of Ana de Lobera y Torres, better known by her religious name Sister Ana de Jesús.

Wiktoria Ulma with six of her children. / The Ulma Family Museum of Poles Saving Jews in World War II.

Beatification Date Announced for Married Couple with Seven children Martyred by Nazis

Feb 15, 2023

The entire Ulma family, including one unborn child, will be beatified in Markowa, Poland.

Credit: UEC

Pope Francis Declares July 28 Feast Day of Comboni Priest Who Ministered in Uganda

Nov 21, 2022

The Feast Day of Blessed Giuseppe Ambrosoli, a Comboni Priest who served in Uganda’s Archdiocese of Gulu for years will be July 28.

Fr. Giuseppe Bernardi and Fr. Mario Ghibaudo | Screenshot from Diocese of Cunio livestream.

They Died Praying for Others: Two Catholic Priests Martyred by Nazis Beatified in Italy

Oct 17, 2022

Two Catholic priests killed by Nazis while ministering to the dying amid the Boves massacre were beatified as martyrs on Sunday in northern Italy. 

Fr. Egidio Tocalli poses for a photo with a lay missionary near the Tomb of Fr. Giuseppe Ambrosoli. Credit: Fr. Egidio Tocalli/ Comboni Missionaries

“It was a blessing”: Priest on Working with Confrere Set for Beatification in Uganda

Sep 25, 2022

For 20 years, Fr. Egidio Tocalli stayed in the same room that had hosted Fr. Giuseppe Ambrosoli, a member of the Comboni Missionaries who ran a hospital in Uganda’s Archdiocese of Gulu, and slept in the bed where the Priest who is set for beatification on November 20 had slept.

Dr. Erik  Domini (on the front row) poses for a photo with staff and midwifery students at Kalongo hospital in Northern Uganda. Erick is the doctor who asked to pray seeking the intercession of Fr. Ambrosoli for a woman who was in a comma. Credit: Fr. Egidio Tocalli/ Comboni Missionaries

Why Comboni Missionary Set for Beatification in Uganda is a Good Example for Medics

Sep 23, 2022

Through the example of Fr. Giuseppe Joseph Ambrosoli, a member of the Comboni Missionaries who treated patients from poor backgrounds at a hospital in Uganda, doctors and nurses appreciate their God-given gift to perform miracles by loving the sick.

Pope Francis beatified Pope John Paul I in St. Peter’s Square on Sept. 4, 2022. Vatican Media

Pope Francis Beatifies John Paul I, Pope for 33 Days

Sep 4, 2022

In one of the shortest pontificates in papal history, John Paul I gained a reputation for his humility and his dedication to teaching the faith in an understandable manner.

Pope John Paul I in an undated file photo. Vatican Media/CNA.

John Paul I Miracle Recipient to Miss Beatification Due to Broken Foot

Sep 3, 2022

Candela Giarda thanked “Pope John Paul I for this second chance at life that he gave me.”

Venerable Servant of God Maria Carola Cecchin to be beatified on November 5 in Kenya's Meru Diocese. Credit: Meru Diocese

Beatification of Italian Nun Who Served in Kenya Will “spur growth of vocations”: Priest

Jul 19, 2022

The planned beatification of an Italian-born Catholic Nun described as “the venerable who gave her life in Kenya” due to her dedicated service in Kenya’s Meru Diocese for two decades is expected to “spur growth of vocations”, a member of the Clergy of the Kenyan Catholic Diocese involved in the preparations for the beatification has told ACI Africa.

Domitilla and Danny Hyams. Credit: Little Eden Society

Cause for Beatification of South Africa’s “Little Eden” Founders “well underway”: Official

May 12, 2022

The cause for beatification of the founders of Little Eden Society, a non-profit South African entity that provides life-long care to hundreds of “children and adults with profound intellectual disability”, is progressing as per the given guidelines, a Catholic Priest involved in the process has said.

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

Apr 18, 2021

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

Jan 9, 2021

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

Dec 22, 2020

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

Oct 30, 2020

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

Oct 20, 2020

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

Oct 17, 2020

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

Oct 14, 2020

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

Oct 10, 2020

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:

Beatification Date Set for Italian Computer Programming Teen Carlo Acutis

Jun 13, 2020

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

Nov 1, 2019

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.