Pope Francis Puts a Priest, 3 Religious Women and 2 Laywomen on Path for Sainthood

National Catholic Register, Tyler Arnold:

Pope Francis on Thursday declared a priest, three religious sisters and two laywomen as venerable servants of God, moving them each a step closer to canonization.

“Venerable” is the title given to a candidate for sainthood whose cause has not yet reached the beatification stage but whose heroic virtue has been declared by the pope. Each now needs a miracle attributed to his or her intercession to be approved by the Vatican in order to be beatified.

Here are their stories.