Canonization cause

The Vatican on March 16, 2024, determined that nothing prevents the opening of the cause for canonization of Niña Ruiz-Abad, a 13-year-old girl who died in 1993 in the Philippines and whose grave has become a place of pilgrimage. | Credit: Diocese of Laoag/Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

Vatican authorizes opening of cause for canonization for 13-year-old Filipina girl

Mar 18, 2024

The grave of Niña Ruiz-Abad, a 13-year-old girl who died in 1993 in the Philippines, has become a place of pilgrimage.

Church in Sri Lanka to begin canonization process for hundreds killed in 2019 Easter attack

Feb 5, 2024

The Archdiocese of Colombo has plans to submit a petition to the Vatican to declare those killed in the Easter Sunday attacks “martyrs of faith.”

Detail of a mural showing Blessed Stanley Rother being welcomed into heaven at the new Blessed Stanley Rother Shrine in Oklahoma City. | Credit: Joe Holdren/EWTN News

What is the Process for Canonization? A guide for All Saints’ Day 

Nov 1, 2023

On the day the Church celebrates the Church triumphant in heaven, we take a closer look at the formal process the Church uses to declare someone a saint.

Photos of martyred Christians at a public event in Bhubaneswar in 2010. | Credit: Anto Akkara

Vatican Puts 35 Catholic "martyrs of Kandhamal" in India on Road to Sainthood

Oct 26, 2023

The Christians were killed in the 2008 Christian persecution that took place in the remote jungle district of the eastern Odisha state.

Mother Teresa around the year 1994. | L'Osservatore Romano.

Mother Teresa’s Postulator Says New Film’s Creators Made "grave errors"

Oct 4, 2023

Father Brian Kolodiejchuk said the film’s writer and director falsely claimed on his website that Mother Teresa had “lost her faith.”

Father Carlo Crespi Croci (1891-1982) holding a crucifix from his ethnographic collection in Cuenca, Ecuador. | Credit: Salesianos de Don Bosco, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Pope Francis Puts a Priest, Three Religious Women, and Two Laywomen on Path for Sainthood

Mar 24, 2023

Pope Francis on Thursday declared a priest, three religious sisters, and two laywomen as venerable servants of God, moving them each a step closer to canonization.