Saintly statistics

28-Apr-2014
Mary MacKillop, Australian Saint

Ever wondered how many saints have been recognised by the Church? Or how many popes have been made saints? And what is the process for sainthood? Here are some saintly stats from the Religion News Service.

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Boys in costume in Manila

From Manila to Montreal, Dublin to Melbourne and everywhere in between, Catholics have come together to celebrate the canonisation of two great models of Christian virtue.

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Hand of a pilgrim

It has been dubbed 'the day of the four Popes,' an unprecedented occasion in the 2000-year history of the Church, writes Nick Squires in The New Zealand Herald.

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Papal canonisations

Many thousands were in attendance to watch the canonisation and Mass from St Peter's Square. Watch this unique ceremony  in full.

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Crowds at St Peters yesterday

News reports from Rome of this very special day of papal canonisations.

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Sainted Popes

This canonisation clearly is of intense significance for Catholics, but it is also a powerful opportunity to better our world for believers and non-believers alike, writes David Perry of Dominican University, Illinois, for CNN

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Sacred relic from the day JPII was shot

As a well travelled and thoroughly modern Saint, John Paul II has left behind a rich legacy of ordinary - and extraordinary - relics around the world, reports The Washington Post.

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Cold War

The Cold War had a profound effect on John XXIII. In April 1963, he issued the Pacem in Terris encyclical on 'establishing universal peace in truth, justice, charity and liberty.' Are we yet prepared to meet the challenges it poses? 

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Bishop Geoffrey Robinson

A student in Rome throughout John XXIII's pontificate, Bishop Geoffrey Robinson met the Pope two days after his election, when Cardinal Gilroy took Sydney students with him for his Papal visit.

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By his own hand

Pope John XXIII issued two major encyclicals, Mater et Magistra and Pacem in Terris, in which he called the faithful and people of good will to work toward the common good. Inside is a collection of links to his writings.

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By his own hand

Pope John Paul II emphasised social justice and human rights in his encyclicals Centesimus Annus and Laborem Exercens. He reached out to other religions and expressed a preference for the poor. Inside are links to his papal publications.

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Cardinal Pell greets the Pope

Pope John Paul II elevated George Pell to the Sacred College of Cardinals in 2003. Here, the former Archbishop of Sydney reflects on the legacy of the man.

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Pope Emeritus Benedict

'My memory of John Paul II is filled with gratitude. I cannot and must not try to imitate him, but I have sought to carry forward his legacy': Benedict XVI shared some personal recollections of Pope John Paul II in  a recent interview.

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Siding with oppressors?

Tony Blair's questionable bed fellows, French rift, South Korean ferry disaster, Cardinal Tagle, Syria, Solomon Islands, Boko Haram, Catholic patriarchs pray for peace in Mid East, Logistics of the Canonisations.

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Geraldine Doogue

Geraldine Doogue in Jerusalem, Catholic bookshop cops woman's anger, vale Fr Lou Heriot, Perth 40 Day's Campaign, ecumenical funeral, a 'spiritual Bunnings,' Chrism Mass, our Catholic Cabinet.

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Easter message

Vatican Radio takes us back to Easter messages from Popes John XXIII and John Paul II. John XXIII wishes the faithful gathered in Saint Peter's Square a Happy Easter in English, a language he never quite mastered. John Paul II speaks of the Resurrection of Christ and of the message of the Angel to the holy women.

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A worksite tour in Australia, 1986

John Paul II updated the body of papal documents on Catholic social teaching. Building on the first groundbreaking social 1891 encyclical Rerum Novarum of Leo XIII, he sought a new dialogue with the world on capital and labour.

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Icons of the 1960s

ABC Radio National's Encounter program had this special report on the plump bon viveur who became Pope and changed the world. 

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Joining the saints

A look at the roads to sainthood followed by Popes John XXIII and John Paul II. 

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Pope Francis

In 2003, then Archbishop Bergoglio made the following address to a group of pilgrims from the Diocese of Bergano, who were visiting St Peter's Basilica on the 50th anniversary of the death of Blessed Pope John XXIII.

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Mass on Demand

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From St Mary’s, North Sydney. The first Mass of the day on YouTube

Mass Online

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Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

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Daily Prayer

Daily Prayer

All your daily readings, reflections and prayers can be found here... 

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