The pontificate of Pope John Paul II has produced an unprecedented wealth of beatifications and canonizations. The twentieth century in particular has been noted as the century of martrys, many of which are featured prominently in this supplement to the new full edition of Butler’s Lives of the Saints, a continuation of the tradition of one of the most well-known and relied-upon reference works of all time.
The Supplement of New Saints and Blesseds covers canonizations and beatifications enacted from late 1999 to the end of 2003 in chronological order. Blesseds appearing in previous volumes who have since been canonized have had their information updated and expanded.
How to live a Christian life of faith is a question every generation has sought to answer. Invariably, they have turned to the lives of the saints. The candidates included in this volume are worthy and offer challenge and inspiration to us all.
Paul Burns is the general editor of the Butler’s Lives of the Saints series and The Butler’s Lives of the Saints: New Concise Edition, published by Liturgical Press.