Beatification Dates Set for Great Jubilee

The Vatican has announced the dates and groupings of Christians who will be beatified during the Great Jubilee. A total of 59 will take the next step towards canonization at three separate ceremonies.

Date: March 5

New Blessed: Sister Maria Stella Mardosewicz and 10 other Holy Family sisters killed in Belarus in 1943; Father Andrea de Soveral and two dozen other priests and lay people in Brazil in 1645; Father Nicholas Kitbamrung, a Thai priest who died in prison during World War II; Peter Calungsod, a lay Filipino catechist killed in 1672 in Guam; and a lay catechist, known only as Andrew, who was killed in Vietnam in 1644.

Date: April 9

New Blessed: Colombian Father Mariano Euse Hoyos; Mother Elisabeth Hesselblad, the Swedish religious who re-established the Bridgettine Sisters in the early 1900s; Mother Mariam Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan, who founded southern India's Congregation of the Holy Cross; Redemptorist Father Francis Xavier Seelos, a German missionary to the United States; and Anna Rosa Gattorno, who founded the Daughters of St. Anne in Italy.

Date: Sept. 3

New Blessed: Pope Pius IX, Pope John XXIII, Irish Benedictine Abbot Joseph Columba Marmion, Father William Joseph Chaminade, the French founder of the Marianists and Archbishop Tommaso Reggio of Genoa, Italy, the founder of the Sisters of St. Martha.

Sunlight illuminates a tree in full bloom as New York City celebrates Earth Day at Governors Island on April 20, 2024 in New York City. Earth Day originally started in 1970 as a way to celebrate and raise awareness about environmental issues facing the planet.

5 Catholic Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day and in response to the Holy Father’s message urging the faithful to take action in protecting the environment, here are five ways Catholics can celebrate Earth Day.