Pope Declares Swedish Nun a Saint

Maria Elisabeth Hesselblad helped hide Jewish families in her convent during the German occupation of Rome.

CHR Comment: Hesselblad was baptized as a Lutheran in Sweden, converted to Catholicism in New York, helped to found the Bridgettine Order in Rome, and hid at least a dozen Jews in her convent during the Holocaust. She was truly an interesting person, the first Swedish saint in over 600 years.

Source: Pope Declares Swedish Nun Who Sheltered Jews During The Holocaust A Saint


Mother Teresa’s Hometown Prepares for Her Canonization

The sleepy village of Letnica, Kosovo, is where Mother Teresa found her calling before going on to become one of the most famous figures in the Catholic Church.

CHR Comment: The canonization will take place on September 4 but Letnica expects increased attendance at their annual Black Madonna festival. The town is also the location of the monastery where Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu (Mother Teresa) committed to becoming a missionary.

Source: Mother Teresa’s Hometown Prepares for Her Canonization – NBC News

Pope Francis Approves Mother Teresa for Sainthood

Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work with the poor.

CHR Comment: Mother Teresa (1910-1997) was declared a saint by Pope Francis. The leader of the Missionaries of Charity was widely respected for her work among the poor in Calcutta, India, and as an advocate for human dignity. The article includes a fine infographic that explains the process by which someone is approved for sainthood in the Roman Catholic Church as well as biographical information.

Source: Pope Francis approves Mother Teresa for sainthood

Dallas Church to Display Remains of Young Saint Killed in Rape Attempt

The remains of St. Maria Goretti, an 11-year-old girl said to have forgiven her attacker, are expected to draw thousands to St. Monica Catholic Church.

CHR Comment: The event illustrates the continued popularity of relics in the Catholic tradition. The article tells Maria’s story and the changed life of the man who abused her. Her remains is on display for the first time in the United States and at 54 places. The Texas Catholic (second link) reports that more than 13,500 people came to see the relic in Dallas.

Source: Dallas church to display remains of young saint killed in rape attempt | Dallas Morning News