The canonization ceremony for Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, is likely to take place during the synod on the family in October.
The couple was beatified in 2008. They are believed to be the first parents of a saint to be beatified, highlighting the role parents play in their children's spiritual upbringing.
A 10th-century Armenian monk has been named among the doctors of the church.
Pope Francis approved the designation for St. Gregory of Narek during a meeting Saturday with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes.
The church confers this designation on saints whose writings are considered to offer key theological insights for the faith.
St. Gregory of Narek is considered one of the foremost figures of Armenian theology and thought, and many of his prayers are included in the Armenian Divine Liturgy.
NCR Today: Pope John Paul II has a reputation for being the pope who liberally canonized people, but I'm beginning to wonder if Pope Francis is going to outdo him.
If Sr. Miriam Teresa Demjanovich is canonized, she will become the second person born in the modern United States to be named a saint.
Three key figures in the establishment of the Catholic church in Canada and in Brazil are likely to be declared saints before the end of the year, said a Jesuit who is helping prepare the material needed for their canonizations.
The three speeding their way toward sainthood are: Blessed Jose Anchieta, known as the Apostle of Brazil; Blessed Marie de l'Incarnation, known as the Mother of the Canadian Church; and Blessed Francois de Laval, the first bishop of Quebec.
Pope Francis advanced the sainthood causes of eight candidates, including the founder of the Sisters of Charity of Quebec.
During a meeting Monday with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes, the pope signed a decree recognizing that Mother Marie-Anne-Marcelle Mallet lived the Christian virtues in a heroic way and is venerable.
All Things Catholic: Trying to impose order on chaos, I'd like to suggest that recent developments on the Vatican beat are noteworthy because they illustrate truisms about Catholic life.