Saints

Blessed Paul VI

September 26. Giovanni Battista Montini was the second of three sons and was born on this date near Brescia in northern Italy in 1897. He was ordained in 1920 and then did graduate studies before joining the Vatican Secretariat of State in 1924. He worked in that capacity for 30 years. He was elected Pope in 1963. He opted to continue Vatican II which officially ended in December 1965. Pope Paul VI died in 1978.

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Four Great Spanish Saints

After going on pilgrimage to Spain, this friar reflects on four famous Spanish saints and describes their shrines.

Jack Wintz, OFM

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Saint Francis and the Taming of the Wolf

The story of how Saint Francis of Assisi tamed the Wolf of Gubbio is one of the great legends linked with the life of of the saint.

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Franciscan E-spirations

Worshippers venerate the relics of St. Maria Goretti at St. John Cantius Church in Chicago Oct. 12. The major relics, which are virtually all of the skeletal remains of the saint, known as the "patroness of purity," are on a U.S. "pilgrimage of mercy" this fall that will go to nearly 20 states. (CNS photo/Karen Callaway, Catholic New World) See story to come.

The Legacy of Saint Maria Goretti

This child martyr's mercy inspires Catholics young and old.

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Patron Saints for Modern Challenges

Patron saints have always been a part of Catholic life. Today's situations call for new roles for familiar saints.

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Two Saints: Francis and Anthony

The early Franciscans had two saints, Francis and Anthony, who symbolized two strains that would exist, sometimes in tension, among them from that time forward.

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Devotion to Saint Anthony of Padua

Saint Anthony is asked to intercede with God for the return of things lost or stolen. Those who feel very familiar with him may pray, "Tony, Tony, turn around. Something's lost and must be found."

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A Visit to Padre Pio’s Tomb

A friar looks at the life and legacy of Padre Pio.

Jack Wintz, OFM

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In this 1996 black-and-white file photo, Blessed Teresa of Kolkata talks with Ken Hackett, left, U.S. ambassador to the Holy See and former president of Catholic Relief Services in Baltimore, Md. (CNS photo/courtesy Catholic Relief Services) See VATICAN-LETTER-MOTHER-TERESA Aug. 16, 2016.

Learning from Saint Teresa of Calcutta

We formally recognize saints not for their benefit, but for ours. The saints’ holiness should encourage ours—not substitute for it. So what should we be learning from Mother Teresa?

Pat McCloskey

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Saint Christopher: Fact or Fable?

Admired the world over, Saint Christopher's story is both fact and fable.

Christopher Heffron

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