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Sainthood Causes

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.

A stained glass window depicting Blessed Marie Rivier in the motherhouse of Sisters of the Presentation of Mary in France. Public domain

Pope Francis Approves Miracle Attributed to a French Nun Who Will Be Made a Saint

Dec 13, 2021

The miracle attributed to Rivier, who can now be canonized as a saint in the Catholic Church, involved the healing of a newborn baby in the Philippines in 2015.

A pilgrim attends the canonization of St. John Henry Newman in Rome, Oct. 13, 2019. Mazur/cbcew.org.uk.

Vatican Regulates Postulator’s Role in Saints’ Causes, Seeks to Curb Conflicts of Interest

Oct 19, 2021

The new regulations are designed partly to prevent conflicts of interest.

The Franciscan friar Fr. Placido Cortese (1907-1944). Il Messaggero di Sant’Antonio via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0).

Pope Francis Advances Sainthood Cause of Italian Catholic Priest Who Saved Jews in WWII

Aug 30, 2021

Fr. Placido Cortese has been dubbed “the Italian Fr. Kolbe.”

Mass in St. Peter's Square for the canonization of 35 saints Oct. 15, 2017. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Pope Francis Advances Causes of Italian Nuns Who Died in Ebola Outbreak in Africa

Feb 21, 2021

Pope Francis has recognized the heroic virtue of three Italian religious sisters who died from Ebola in Africa during the 1995 outbreak.

Pope Francis. Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Advances Sainthood Causes of Priests with Early and Late Vocations

Nov 24, 2020

Pope Francis advanced Tuesday the sainthood causes of several men and women, including two Italian priests of the 20th century -- one who was ordained at age 23 and another who was ordained at 65.

Matteo Farina (1990-2009). Credit: Matteofarina.com

Pope Francis Advances Sainthood Causes of Five Men, Women, Including Italian Teenager

May 6, 2020

Pope Francis Wednesday advanced the sainthood causes of five men and women, including an Italian teenager who died of a brain tumor in 2009, declaring them “venerable.”