First canonization of a married couple; Pope canonizes the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux

Richard SontagChurch News, Pope Francis

(Catholic Herald) Pope Francis called on people to replace their thirst for power with the joy of quiet and humble service, as he proclaimed four new saints, including the parents of St Therese of Lisieux. All of Christ’s disciples, especially its pastors, are called to model themselves after Jesus and “suppress our instinctive desire to exercise power over others, and … Read More

Archbishop Gomez: Blessed Junipero Serra’s canonization is important for the new evangelization; here’s why

WebmasterChurch News, Spiritual Reflections

(CNA/EWTN News)  Although the colonial and missionary period of California’s history is often riddled with bitter memories, Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles reflected on the life of the missionary Bl. Junipero Serra as a bold witness to the faith. “The historical record confirms what Pope Francis believes: that Blessed Junipero Serra was a man of heroic virtue and holiness … Read More