On 15th May Carmelites from across the world joined in person and in prayer to celebrate the canonisation of Dutch Carmelite Friar Titus Brandsma.

Journalist and vocal critic of the Nazi regime, Brandsma was proclaimed a saint by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square alongside nine other new saints. Gathered to witness the ceremony were 100 concelebrating bishops, 1000 concelebrating priests, and 50,000 faithful filling the Piazza. With representatives present from every continent and virtually every nation, it was a true moment in history. 

Members of the British Province of Carmelites as well as London-based prayer group Carmel in the City made a pilgrimage to Rome to join the celebrations. Around the world, Carmelites marked the occasion with Mass, prayer and in community events such as those held in a specially prepared open-air area in Timor-Leste. 

Through his homily, Pope Francis reminded the faithful to recognize how God loves us unconditionally and how the path to holiness is “so simple” and requires seeing Jesus in others.

Find out more about St. Titus Brandsma here.