St. Damien of Moloka’i ‘gave his life’ serving lepers, says Hawai’ian Catholic after criticism of statue from congresswoman

WASHINGTON (CNA) — A Hawai’ian Catholic catechist said that St. Damien of Moloka’i is a “hero” to the Hawai’ian people, after a prominent congresswoman claimed the statue honoring him in the U.S. Capitol is part of colonialism and “patriarchy and white supremacist culture.” Continue reading St. Damien of Moloka’i ‘gave his life’ serving lepers, says Hawai’ian Catholic after criticism of statue from congresswoman

Pope advances sainthood cause of ‘Apostle to Arizona’

When Rosie Garcia, a parishioner of St. Augustine Cathedral in Tucson, heard the announcement that Pope Francis had formally recognized the heroic virtues of sainthood candidate Jesuit Father Eusebio Kino, she said she cried tears of joy. Continue reading Pope advances sainthood cause of ‘Apostle to Arizona’

St. Junípero Serra protested colonial oppression and abuses, says USCCB president

(CNA) — Those who “slander” the legacy of St. Junípero Serra ignore his history of opposing colonial oppression and abuses of indigenous Americans, said Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, praising the saint, whom he called the “spiritual founder” of Los Angeles. Continue reading St. Junípero Serra protested colonial oppression and abuses, says USCCB president

Knights of Columbus founder to be declared ‘Blessed’

ROME — The Vatican announced May 27 that Pope Francis Pope Francis approved the promulgation of a decree recognizing a miracle attributed to the intercession of the founder of the Knights of Columbus, Ven. Father Michael J. McGivney, a Connecticut priest who served his flock during the pandemic of 1890, before himself becoming ill and dying of pneumonia. Continue reading Knights of Columbus founder to be declared ‘Blessed’