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Pope elevates British convert Newman to sainthood

Vatican City - Pope Francis created five new saints on Sunday, including Britain's Cardinal John Henry Newman -- one of the Catholic Church's most renowned converts -- and a nun dubbed the "Mother Teresa of Brazil".

Reformist pope, murdered archbishop to be made saints

Vatican City - Pope Paul VI, who oversaw sweeping reforms of the Catholic Church in the 1960s, will be made a saint along with a Salvadoran archbishop who was shot dead while celebrating mass, the Vatican said on Wednesday.

Pope Francis adds new pathway to becoming a saint

Vatican City - Christians who lay down their life to save others, "following in the footsteps and teaching of Jesus", will now be eligible for beatification, Pope Francis said Tuesday.

Murdered French priest Hamel on path to sainthood

Paris - The French Catholic priest who was murdered by two teenage jihadists in his Normandy church last year could soon be beatified, a first step toward being declared a saint, church officials said Thursday.

Pope elevates to sainthood parents of 'little flower'

Vatican City - The parents of French saint Therese of Lisieux -- dubbed "The Little Flower" -- were raised to sainthood too Sunday, in a move Pope Francis hopes will underscore the importance of the family.

Four nuns who founded orders to be made saints: Pope

- Pope Francis announced Saturday that he will elevate four women to sainthood in May, all nuns who lived in the 19th century and founded Catholic orders -- one French, one Italian and two Palestinians.

Canonization of Father Junipero Serra met with mixed feelings

Pope Francis announced on Thursday, Januaty 15 his plans to canonize Junipero Serra, a priest of the Franciscan order of the Catholic Church. Father Serra founded a string of missions in what was later to become the state of California.

Barcelona's Antoni Gaudí to receive sainthood in 2015

Barcelona - Antoni Gaudí, the architect who designed some of Barcelona's most iconic and emblematic buildings, is to be beatified next year by Pope Francis.

En route for sainthood, German's road trip in John Paul 'relic'

Berlin - A German vintage car enthusiast set off Monday in a 1958 Polish-made car that belonged to John Paul II before he became pope, headed for Rome to honour his canonisation.

Vatican proclaims two former popes as saints

The Vatican is setting the stage for a remarkable dual canonization of two of the most respected popes in Vatican history. The late John Paul II along with another former pontiff, John XXIII could be canonized most probably by the end of this year.

Pope Benedict canonises first ever Native American saint

In a ceremony held today, Sunday, at the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI created seven new saints, one of whom, Kateri Tekakwitha, is the first Native American to be canonised.

Pope John Paul II's beatification set on May 1

Vatican City—Pope Benedict XVI signed an official decree on Friday scheduling the beatification of his predecessor Pope John Paul II on May 1, 2011.

Australia's First Saint

Australia will soon have her own saint. The Vatican had announced that Pope Benedict will canonize Blessed Sister Mary MacKillop, and hopefully this will happen in the first quarter of 2010.

Five New Saints Canonized By Pope Benedict XVI

April 26, 2009 should be a historical day for Catholicism and the Vatican as Pope Benedict XVI has named five new saints. Of all five, only one is not Italian.

Is Tanzania's late leader Nyerere saint or sinner?

He ruled Tanzania for 23 years before voluntarily stepping down in 1985. Putting an end to tribalism and making Tanzania a peaceful nation in a continent that has known nothing but war since colonialism ended. Making it a model nation for all of Africa.

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Church of the Mission San Diego de Alcalá, San Diego, California. The mission was founded by Father Serra on July 16, 1769.
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