VATICAN CITY — The Vatican announced Saturday that Pope Francis has recognized the heroic virtues of a 14-year-old Italian boy who died in 1963. The pope advanced the cause of Angiolino Bonetta, along with four others, following a July 10 meeting with Cardinal Angelo Becciu, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. BonettaContinue reading “A New Heavenly Advocate Young People”
The disputes between the Franciscans and Dominicans had become so intense at one point in history that the Pope had to intervene in their conflict. But it wasn’t so in the beginning with their founders. There are many stories told of the founder of the Franciscans and some are contained in a little book calledContinue reading “Francis or Dominic? Anthony replies.”
May Day 9 Pope Francis, in his Mass intention of yesterday, called on us to pray for the Red Cross and the Red Crescent so today we call upon the intercession of Saint Camillus de Lellis, who founded the original ‘Red Cross’ centuries ago, as we continue our month of May search for ’31 patronsContinue reading “Camillus: 16th Century First Responder”
Day 5 Saint Roch (pronounced Rock) was born with a distinctive red cross birthmark on his chest in 1295 at Montpellier, France. He was only 32 years old when he died in 1327. Born into a wealthy family, Saint Roch lost his parents at the age of 20. He divested himself of all their wealth, distributingContinue reading “Roch: Powerful Patron Against Plagues”
It is worth noting that the second in command, who will act as Vice President of the new foundation, Dr. Stefania Falasca, wrote a book, Papa Luciani: Cronaca di una morte (Pope Luciani: Chronicle of a Death), published in 2017, that dismisses the conspiracy theories that surrounded the death of the 263rd successor to Saint Peter, providing evidence that he died of a heart attack.