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Filipina nun declared venerable, moves closer to sainthood

Jul 06, 2019 - 9:47 PM

Mother Francisca del Espiritu Santo is the founder of the Congregation of the Dominican Sisters of Saint Catherine of Siena

VENERABLE. Servant of God Mother Francisca de Fuentes. From the Mother Francisca website

Lucena's first bishop now a step closer to sainthood

Nov 08, 2018 - 10:38 PM

Pope Francis declares Bishop Alfredo Maria Obviar of Lucena, Quezon, as 'venerable'

CLOSER TO SAINTHOOD. Bishop Alfredo Maria Obviar of Quezon is declared 'venerable.' Photo from

Slain Salvador archbishop, Pope Paul VI to be made saints

May 19, 2018 - 8:26 PM

Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador and Pope Paul VI will be canonized in October, announces Pope Francis

SAINTHOOD. Salvador Archbishop Oscar Romero and Pope Paul VI will be declared saints in a canonization ceremony in October. Photo of Romero by Marvin Recinos/AFP; photo of Vatican and Pope Paul VI from Shutterstock

Reformist pope, murdered archbishop to be made saints

Mar 07, 2018 - 8:57 PM

Pope Paul VI and Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero are on the path to sainthood

POPE PAUL VI. In this file photo taken on January 5, 1964, Pope Paul VI leaves the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth after celebrating a mass during his visit to the Holy Land. File photo by EPU FILES/AFP

Pope Francis names 35 new saints, most of them martyrs

Oct 15, 2017 - 11:40 PM

The new saints include 30 martyrs massacred in Brazil in the 17th century, 3 teens slain in 16th-century Mexico, a Spanish priest, and an Italian priest

A tapestry hanged on the facade of St Peter's basilica shows Andrea de Soveral, Ambrogio Francesco Ferro, Matteo Moreira, and thirty martyrs murdered in Brazil in the 17th century, during a holy mass for the canonization of 35 new saints on October 15, 2017 at St Peter's square.  Pope Francis celebrates a Holy Mass today with canonizations of 35 new saints, including thirty martyrs murdered in Brazil in the 17th century by Dutch Calvinists, three Mexican teenagers who died in the 16th century, and Italian Capuchin Angelo d'Acri and the Spanish priest Faustino Miguez of the Incarnation. / AFP PHOTO / Tiziana FABI

Killed Filipino Jesuit in Cambodia on road to sainthood

Jul 31, 2017 - 12:10 AM

UPDATED Jesuit seminarian Richie Fernando could become the first Filipino saint born in the 20th century

ROLE MODEL. Jesuit seminarian Richie Fernando, 26, is remember for trying to stop his student from releasing a grenade in a school for the handicapped in Cambodia. Photo from

Pope raises 'gaucho priest' and 6 others to sainthood

Oct 16, 2016 - 5:54 PM

Portraits of the new saints hung high among the columns of Saint Peter s Basilica at the Vatican where the pontiff blessed 7 relics of the saints

NEW SAINTS. Tapestries hanged on the facade of St Peter's basilica show portrait of French Salomon Leclercq (L) and Manuel Gonzalez Garcia during a canonization mass led by Pope Francis on October 16, 2016 at St Peter's square in Vatican. Photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

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Sep 05, 2016 - 12:42 PM

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Pope hails Teresa: Now a saint, always a mother

Sep 04, 2016 - 4:55 PM

3rd UPDATE She made her voice heard before the powers of this world so that they might recognize their guilt for the crime – the crimes – of poverty they created says Pope Francis

Pope Francis (L) waves to faithful as he leaves after a Holy Mass and the canonisation of Mother Teresa of Kolkata, on Saint Peter square in the Vatican, on September 4, 2016. Mother Teresa, the nun whose work with the dying and destitute of Kolkata made her a global icon of Christian charity, was made a saint on September 4, 2016. Her elevation to Roman Catholicism's celestial pantheon came in a canonisation mass in St Peter's square in the Vatican that was presided over by Pope Francis in the presence of 100,000 pilgrims.   / AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO

Mother Teresa to be elevated to sainthood

Sep 04, 2016 - 12:45 PM

The sainthood ceremony comes one day short of the 19th anniversary of Teresa s death at 87 in the Indian city where she spent her adult life first teaching then tending to the dying poor

VATICAN PREPS. A tapestry with a portrait of Mother Teresa hangs on the St Peters' facade prior to the arrival of Pope Francis on September 3, 2016 for a catechism with nuns of the Missionary of Charity, the Religious family founded by Mother Teresa. Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Saint Teresa of Kolkata: Revered, reviled and misunderstood

Sep 04, 2016 - 11:45 AM

The austere persona she displayed to the world with her gaunt masculine face masked a lighter albeit troubled soul

LIVE EVENT: Canonization of Mother Teresa of Kolkata

Sep 04, 2016 - 10:24 AM

The Holy Mass and Canonization of Blessed Mother Teresa to be led by Pope Francis will take place at 4:30 pm Manila time Sunday September 4

Mother Teresa's legacy under cloud as sainthood nears

Sep 03, 2016 - 7:33 PM

In the Indian city where she rose to fame claims of medical negligence and financial mismanagement at her care homes threaten to cloud her legacy

HOMETOWN PRIDE. Indian nuns from the Catholic Order of the Missionaries of Charity walk past the gift shop of the Mother House on the eve of the canonization of Mother Teresa in Rome, in Kolkata on September 2, 2016. Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP

Catholic icon Mother Teresa to be proclaimed a saint

Sep 02, 2016 - 4:01 PM

The elevation of the Nobel Peace Prize winner to Catholicism s celestial pantheon comes on the eve of the 19th anniversary of her death in the Kolkata slums with which she is synonymous

TO BECOME SAINT TERESA. A bust of Mother Teresa is seen outside the convent of the Missionaries of Charity In Rome on August 30, 2016. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/ AFP

Pope Francis approves sainthood for Mother Teresa

Mar 15, 2016 - 9:24 AM

UPDATED The move comes 19 years after the death of the missionary nun who dedicated most of her adult life to working with the poor of Kolkata India

Nuns and visitors leave the prayer room after a mass prayer at Mother House in Calcutta, India, December 18, 2015. Piyal Adhikary/EPA

Ateneo priest eyed as next Filipino saint

Dec 12, 2015 - 1:52 PM

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle opens the process to declare Fr George Willmann SJ the next Filipino saint

Ilocano bishop might be next Filipino saint

Jul 01, 2015 - 6:30 PM

The late Bishop Alfredo Verzosa of Vigan Ilocos Sur changed the religious spiritual and moral portrait of Southern Luzon where he was assigned in Lipa

‘SERVANT OF GOD.’ Late Bishop Alfredo Verzosa, born in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, was the first Filipino Catholic bishop who hails from Ilocos. Photo from the website of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines

Pope creates first Palestinian saints

May 17, 2015 - 8:23 PM

The canonization of a third Palestinian – a Salesian monk – is still under review by the Church

Armenia marks emotional centenary of Ottoman massacres

Apr 25, 2015 - 1:04 PM

More than 20 nations have so far recognized the killings as genocide a definition supported by numerous historians but vehemently opposed by Turkey

100 YEARS. Participants of a torchlight procession in memory of victims of the mass killings of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire gather in Yerevan, Armenia, April 24, 2015 evening. Photo by Vahram Baghdasaryan/EPA

St. Joseph Vaz, Sri Lanka's first saint

Jan 14, 2015 - 9:00 AM

St Joseph Vaz is credited for reviving Catholicism in Sri Lanka at a time of great religious persecution under Dutch rule

ST. JOSEPH VAZ. Image from Wikipedia

Vatican to beatify pope Paul VI in October: source

May 06, 2014 - 9:27 PM

The miraculous healing of an unborn baby from an incurable illness is attributed to Paul VI leading him one step towards sainthood

BEATIFICATION. The miraculous healing of an unborn baby from an incurable illness is attributed to Paul VI, leading him one step towards sainthood. Image from Wikimedia Commons

Pope declares John Paul II, John XXIII saints

Apr 27, 2014 - 5:16 PM

It is the first time that two Catholic Church leaders are declared saints on the same day

NEW SAINTS. Popes John Paul II (right) and John XXIII (left) become saints of the Catholic Church following a historic canonization ceremony in the Vatican

HIGHLIGHTS: Canonization of John XXIII and John Paul II

Apr 27, 2014 - 12:28 PM

Watch the canonization of John XXIII and John Paul II as it happens

SAINTS SOON. Popes John Paul II (right) and John XXIII (left), will soon become saints of the Catholic Church

Pilgrims converge in Vatican for canonization of popes

Apr 27, 2014 - 10:16 AM

More than one million faithful are expected to attend what will be a unique event

The Pope who loved the Filipino youth, family, and chocolate cake

Apr 26, 2014 - 9:24 PM

Always the late John Paul II would ask Archbishop Cruz how the Filipino youth and family are living the faith and would recall the extraordinary welcome he had during his papal visits

POPE JOHN PAUL II. The joint sanctification of popes John Paul II and John XXIII is expected to draw up to 1 million pilgrims and tourists to Rome this weekend. Photo by Ritchie B Tongco/EPA

Ukraine PM to meet Pope Francis amid crisis

Apr 22, 2014 - 9:35 PM

The Vatican has faced some criticism over its low key reaction to the spiraling crisis in Ukraine

Dissenters voice doubt over John Paul II sainthood

Apr 22, 2014 - 1:14 PM

Pope John Paul is slated to be declared a saint on Sunday but some disagree with the declaration of his sainthood

JOHN PAUL II. A picture made available on April 7, 2014 shows a portrait of Pope John Paul II during the final preparations for the opening of The Holy Father John Paul II Family Home Museum in Wadowice, near Cracow, Poland, 05 April 2014. Jacek Bednarczyk/EPA

Lost your wallet? Looking for a job? Name the saint

Apr 12, 2014 - 2:27 PM

Lost your wallet? Making a far off journey into the unknown? Looking for a job? The answer for many Catholics lies in praying to the plethora of saints

Vatican: John Paul II, John XXIII to become saints

Jul 05, 2013 - 7:03 PM

2nd UPDATE In a rare move the Pope dispenses with the need for a second miracle to declare John XXIII a saint

Pope sets Italy queen on path to sainthood

May 03, 2013 - 10:50 PM

Pope Francis authorizes the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to recognize a miracle attributed to Marie Christine of Savoy setting her on the path to sainthood

Pope Francis. Screengrab from

Calungsod declared 2nd Filipino saint

Oct 21, 2012 - 3:59 PM

3rd UPDATE St Pedro Calungsod the Philippines second saint is seen as a model for the youth and migrant workers as well as netizens