A commission of theologians has reportedly declared that Oscar Romero died as a martyr for the faith, a pivotal step toward sainthood.
Listing all of the open causes for sainthood in the U.S. is an almost impossible task. There are dozens in all four stages of canonization.
Saints: An annual pilgrimage takes visitors to historical sites connected with the life of Fr. Augustus Tolton, the first African-American diocesan priest.
Young Voices: A sainthood that lacks representation of families demonstrates a church structure that views the laity as devoid of saintliness.
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.
From the moment news broke about James Foley's death, he has been called a martyr. Yet the characterization has left others uneasy.
Despite fevered speculation, the Vatican says Pope Francis has not advanced slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero toward sainthood -- at least, not yet.
Loretto Sister Ann Patrick Ware worked for the National Council of Churches in the 60s and 70s. While there, she wrote a short, scholarly paper about what to do if you aspire to become a Roman Catholic saint.
Faith and Justice: As the Catholic church prepares to celebrate the double canonization, I feel like a party pooper because I think canonizing popes is a dumb idea.
Without a canonization ceremony, Pope Francis declared three new saints for the Americas, pioneers of the Catholic church in Brazil and in Canada.
Pope Francis signed decrees Thursday recognizing: St. Jose de Anchieta, a Spanish-born Jesuit who traveled to Brazil in 1553 and became known as the Apostle of Brazil; St. Marie de l'Incarnation, a French Ursuline who traveled to Quebec in 1639 and is known as the mother of the Canadian church; and St. Francois de Laval, who arrived in Quebec 20 years after St. Marie de l'Incarnation and became the first bishop of Quebec.