7 fascinating facts about St. Martin de Porres, the first black saint of the Americas

St. Martin de Porres

On Nov. 3, the Catholic Church celebrates the feast of St. Martin de Porres, a Peruvian Dominican brother who lived a life of humble service and charity and became the first black saint of the Americas.

Lessons learned: what the pandemic taught us about health, perseverance, and what is eternal

diaconate ordination in empty church

It’s not over yet, but we’ve learned a little. Maybe a lot.

Take 5 with Father: into God's hands

Fr. Sanchez

Meet Father Oscar Sanchez Olvera, CORC, pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary, who is devoted to St. Joseph because of “his mission to take care of the Son of God and the Virgin Mary; his silence, his humble life in obedience to God’s word.” 

Mother Seton is 'friend and fellow traveler' on journey toward Catholicism

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

EMMITSBURG, Md. (CNS) — Elizabeth Ann Seton didn't have to become Catholic.

Blessed Michael McGivney, Knights of Columbus founder, on path to sainthood for whole Church


Every morning, Michael and Mary Becan recite the Prayer for the Canonization of Blessed Michael McGivney, the young 19th-century U.S.-born priest who founded the Knights of Columbus and was beatified Oct. 31 of last year, making him one step away from being named a saint.