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The banners of new Ss John Paul II and John XXIII hang from the facade of St Peter's Basilica as Pope Francis begins his general audience in St Peter's Square (Photo: CNS)

In an age when Christians are once again being persecuted, interest in the English martyrs is on the rise. The saint-making Pope Francis could be the one to canonise them

Blessed Louis and Marie Zelie Guerin Martin, the parents of St Thérèse of Lisieux (CNS)

The canonisation ceremony for Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin is expected to take place during October’s synod

Crowds at New York's St Patrick's Day parade (CNS)

How did St Patrick’s Day become such a successful ‘brand’?

The Blind Leading the Blind by Pieter Bruegel the Elder

What secular historians of the Reformation have missed is that commemorating saints’ days in medieval Catholic England was a popular celebration of holy life

Pope Francis celebrates Mass on Gaudete Sunday (Photo: PA)

Pope made remark during homily on Gaudete Sunday

'Pope Francis beatified 124 Korean Catholic martyrs but it was not given adequate attention in the blogosphere'  (CNS)

If Catholic blogging is limited to Vatican politics and the personality of the Pope then it will run out of steam.

Charles Uzzell-Edwards aka Pure Evil

Charles Uzzell-Edwards claims to be descended from seven saints

Bonnie Engstrom claims that her son's life was saved when she prayed to Archbishop Fulton Sheen (CNS)

Case to be reviewed by Congregation for the Causes of the Saints ahead of possible beatification

An image from a YouTube tribute

One day this woman will be a saint

Two weeks ago a young Italian mother gave up her life for her unborn child in a stunning act of saintliness, says Paul Williams

Many unlikely readers end up on CatholicHerald.co.uk thanks to Google

This can be unnerving: how to proceed?