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.