Ruth: an Unlikely Saint

A sermon delivered by Jim Somerville, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Richmond, Va., on November 4, 2012. All Saints’ Sunday Ruth 1:1-18 In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land, and a certain man of Bethlehem in Judah went to live in the...

Pope Certifies Miracles for Two U.S. Saints

VATICAN CITY (RNS) A 17th-century Native American woman who cared for the sick and elderly, and a Catholic nun who worked with lepers in Hawaii, are on the verge of becoming the newest American saints, after Pope Benedict XVI certified miracles due to their...

Saintly Relics, from the Macabre to the Magnificent

(RNS) St. Patrick’s tooth. Justin Bieber’s hair clippings. The bloodstained gloves that Mary Todd Lincoln carried to Ford’s Theatre. What do they have in common? They are relics—prized keepsakes, preserved because of their association with significant people and...

John Paul Put One Step Below Sainthood

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The late Pope John Paul II, who elevated unprecedented numbers of Catholic saints and blesseds during his 26-year reign, joined those ranks himself on Sunday (May 1), when he was beatified before a crowd of more than a million pilgrims. Pope...

John Paul’s Blood to Be Split Between Italy, Poland

VATICAN CITY (RNS) A small quantity of blood from the late Pope John Paul II will be exposed as a holy relic during his beatification on Sunday (May 1), the Vatican has announced. The blood was taken during a medical test shortly before John Paul’s death in April...