Today is Easter, of course. It is also the anniversary of the death of Padre Gaetano Catanoso. He was 84 on this day in 1963, when he died in his own bed in Santo Spirito in Reggio Calabria. Some hours before his death, Monsignor Sorrentino of Reggio visited his mentor and spoke with him about Saint Francis of Paola, the last saint named from Calabria (in the early 1500s). The mother general of Padre Gaetano’s order of nuns mentioned to the monsignor that Calabria was in needs of new saints. Thus, the idea was lodged. Sorrentino launched the cause for canonization in 1980 under Pope John Paul II. The canonization, led by Pope Benedict XVI, took place Oct. 23, 2005.
Posts Tagged ‘Saint Gaetano Catanoso’
Shot on location in Reggio Calabria by Michael Frierson, film professor at UNC-Greensboro.
Jim Vanore, staff writer for the Cape May County Herald, writes about my upcoming book talks this weekend in Avalon and North Cape May, NJ. The article also carries the first published look at the colorful new paperback cover of My Cousin the Saint (above), which will be released by Harper Perennial next month. The story is here.
In the midst of recommending holiday gifts that are themed entirely around saints, Ask Sister Mary Martha, a popular Catholic blog written out of California, has some very nice things to say about My Cousin the Saint, which she also recommends (here) this holiday season.
She writes: “Justin Catanoso found the Catholic Church, his giant Italian family and his cousin the saint. He wrote a wonderful interesting, funny, poignant, informative story. Miracles do happen. It’s a book you’ll want to read yourself and pass on. I really couldn’t put the book down. It’s a real page turner.”