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Today marks the feast of St. Jerome— a prolific writer, scholar, and friend of lions (he reputedly helped one by removing a thorn from its paw). He’s also someone close to my own heart. In his youth, my father was …Read More

As one might expect, they’re not crazy about the Virgin Mary, or Father Flanagan, either: The Freedom from Religion Foundation is urging its supporters to boycott the stamp — and also to engage in a letter-writing campaign to spread the …Read More

Not as many as you may think — and David Gibson raises a few interesting issues in his New York Times piece: When Pope Benedict XVI approved a decree last month that nudged nearer to sainthood his controversial wartime predecessor, …Read More

As St. Theresa reminds us, in this excerpt from the Office of Readings for today, it’s Christ: What more do we desire from such a good friend at our side? Unlike our friends in the world, he will never abandon …Read More

And he could become one of just a handful of chaplains to win the medal:   A Kansas priest already under consideration for sainthood has won the endorsement of the Army’s top civilian leader to receive the Medal of Honor. The …Read More

From our Utah Desk…a curious news report out of Salt Lake City indicates that one of the men canonized a saint this past weekend has also been embraced by the Mormons.  And that’s not all: Father Damien, the Roman Catholic …Read More

These days, with efforts underway to elevate to sainthood contemporary figures like John Paul, Fulton Sheen and Mother Teresa, we tend to forget that a little more than a century ago, there was a great effort to canonize Christopher Columbus. …Read More

With a tapestry of the new saint fluttering outside St. Peter’s Basilica, thousands crowded inside the church to watch Hawaii’s most beloved citizen become a saint:  Pope Benedict XVI elevated Father Damien of Moloka’i to sainthood today, 120 years after …Read More

Here’s something you don’t see every day — a New York Times editorial about a Catholic saint: Damien de Veuster was a young missionary from the 19th-century Belgian countryside when he went to work at the leprosy settlement in Kalaupapa, …Read More

“Go and find him when your patience and strength run out and you feel alone and helpless. Jesus is waiting for you in the chapel. Say to him, ‘Jesus, you know exactly what is going on. You are all I …Read More