Blessed Fr. Jerzy Popiełuszko: A parishioner remembers his brave pastor

Blessed Fr. Jerzy Popiełuszko: A parishioner remembers his brave pastor

Crisis—2019 will mark the 30th anniversary of communism’s collapse in Poland and Eastern Europe. It will also mark 35 years since the murder of Father Jerzy Popiełuszko. I was safe in California when the communist secret police killed my old vicar in Poland in October 1984. In May 1980, Father “Jurek” Popiełuszko was assigned to our…
Why Archbishop of Algiers calls 19 newly beatified ‘Models for the Church’

Why Archbishop of Algiers calls 19 newly beatified ‘Models for the Church’

CNA—Archbishop Paul Desfarges of Algiers said that Bishop Pierre Claverie and his 18 companions, who were martyred in Algeria between 1994 and 1996, are “models for our lives as disciples today and tomorrow.” The Algerian martyrs were beatified Dec. 8 at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Cross in Oran. “The beatification of…
NEVER BEFORE: Vatican Beatifies 19 Catholic Martyrs at Cathedral in Muslim-dominated Algeria

NEVER BEFORE: Vatican Beatifies 19 Catholic Martyrs at Cathedral in Muslim-dominated Algeria

A cardinal dispatched by the Vatican to Algeria has held an unusual beatification ceremony for 19 monks, nuns and other Roman Catholics who were killed during Algeria’s civil war in the 1990s. The ceremony, on Saturday in the western city of Oran, was the first in the Muslim world, according to Algeria’s religious affairs minister.…
Young man healed by Padre Pio recounts story of miraculous cure

Young man healed by Padre Pio recounts story of miraculous cure

ACI Prensa and CNA—Matteo Pio Colella was just 7 years old when he contracted a deadly disease. Doctors believed there was no hope for the boy, but he made a full recovery. His cure was the miracle that paved the way for the canonization of St. Padre Pio by Pope John Paul II in June…
Meet our Seven Newly Canonized Saints

Meet our Seven Newly Canonized Saints

CNA—Below are brief biographies on the lives of each of the seven new saints canonized by Pope Francis Sunday, as well as photos of each saint’s banner currently on display at the Vatican. Blessed Pope Paul VI Born Giovanni Battista Montini in 1897 and ordained a priest in 1920, he did graduate studies in literature,…