Posts Tagged ‘Canonization’

Words of Welcome to Our Holy Father Pope Francis

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

Holy Father, thank you for coming to Washington. On behalf of everyone present and in the name of the Church of Washington, it is a great privilege for me to say welcome and thank you. Bienvenidos y muchas gracias. Together with the lay faithful and the bishops, priests, deacons, women and men in consecrated life […] [Read more]

Saint John XXIII

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Known for its beauty, art and architecture, one of the grandest structures of Venice is the Basilica of Saint Mark, the saint we commemorate today.  Traditionally believed to contain the relics of the Evangelist, the Basilica is the cathedral for the Patriarchate of Venice.  It was from here that the Cardinal-Patriarch Angelo Roncalli departed to […] [Read more]

The Gift of Blessed John Paul II

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

With Catholics around the world, I rejoiced at Pope Francis’s announcement that Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II will be canonized on April 27, 2014 – Divine Mercy Sunday. Both popes in their own way helped bring Jesus to the modern world – with Pope John XXIII opening the Second Vatican Council, and […] [Read more]

The Little Way of the Little Flower: Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

It was an extraordinary scene in Saint Peter’s Square as the crowd chanted, “Santo subito!” (“Sainthood now!”), at the funeral for Pope John Paul II.  Those cries will be validated by his canonization on April 27, 2014, Divine Mercy Sunday, together with the canonization of Blessed Pope John XXIII, but this formal affirmation by the […] [Read more]

The Christian Witness of Father Damien

Friday, May 10th, 2013

This is the time of year when people begin to look forward to their summer vacations.  During tourist season here in Washington, DC, the National Mall becomes a sea of humanity.  Those who visit the U.S. Capitol will find the statues of many important people in our nation’s history, among them Saint Damien de Veuster, […] [Read more]