New Yorker Dorothy Day Takes Another Step Toward Sainthood

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York called Dorothy Day, founder of The Catholic Worker newspaper and social justice movement, "a saint for our time."

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Kateri Tekakwitha To Become First Native American Saint

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Kateri Tekakwitha, a Mohawk Indian who was born in upstate New York in 1656, has been approved for sainthood by the Catholic church. She embraced Catholicism after smallpox left her disfigured and partially blinded. Eventually, she left her tribe to join a mission in Canada. With her canonization, she'll become the first Native American saint. But given the Church's history of violence and oppression against Native Americans, this isn't necessarily news to celebrate.

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Sainthood: The Beatification of Pope John Paul II

Friday, April 29, 2011

Rome is teeming with Catholic tourists this weekend, who have arrived to witness the beatification of the late Pope John Paul II. The beatification is the third of four steps of sainthood — and John Paul II is on the fast track. Pope Benedict XVI vowed to make his friend and mentor a saint and will celebrate the Beatification Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, sooner than any other blessed person before him. But the decision to rush beatify John Paul II has not been met without controversy. 

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Pope Pius XII One Step Closer to Sainthood

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Pope Benedict XVI has signed a decree that shifts World War II-era Pope Pius XII one step closer to sainthood. But there are some in the Jewish community who say that Pius did little to stop the murder of some 6 million Jews by Germany's Nazi regime during his papacy, which began in 1939 and ended in 1958. Kenneth Woodward is a contributing editor for Newsweek. He covered religion for the magazine for nearly 40 years, and is the author of "Making Saints: How The Catholic Church Determines Who Becomes A Saint, Who Doesn't, And Why."