Posts Tagged ‘beatification’

Fulton Sheen beatification process on indefinite hold Comments 0

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014
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The cause for beatification of American evangelist Archbishop Fulton Sheen has been suspended indefinitely because of a spat between two US dioceses. In a September 3 communiqué, the Diocese of Peoria, where Archbishop Sheen was born, announced that the cause was suspended “for the foreseeable future” and would be assigned to a Vatican archive. This Read more

Escriva successor in Opus Dei to be beatified in Spain Comments 0

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, the first successor to St Josemaria Escriva as leader of Opus Dei, is to be beatified in Madrid on September 27. The ceremony is expected to attract 100,000 people from at least 50 countries. Some 3000 families will open their homes to those travelling to Madrid from abroad and 2000 young Read more

Pope says Archbishop Romero cause proceeding well Comments 0

Friday, May 23rd, 2014
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Pope Francis has assured the bishops of El Salvador that the cause for sainthood of murdered Archbishop Oscar Romero is proceeding well. The bishops reportedly asked him to come to El Salvador to preside personally over the archbishop’s hoped-for beatification. Archbishop Jose Escobar Alas said he and three other Salvadoran bishops met the Pope at Read more

Vatican confirms Pope Paul VI to be beatified in October Comments 0

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Pope Francis is to beatify his predecessor Pope Paul VI on October 19, the Vatican has confirmed. The Vatican announced that Francis has approved a decree attributing a miracle to the intercession of the Italian pope, and his beatification will take place at the conclusion of the bishops’ synod on the family. On May 6, Read more

Vatican reportedly approves Pope Paul VI miracle Comments 0

Friday, May 9th, 2014
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The Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints has reportedly approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of Pope Paul VI. The miracle was the healing in the United States of an unborn baby from an otherwise incurable illness. Doctors forecast the baby would die in the womb, or be born with severely damaged kidneys. Read more

Priest who was Nazi concentration camp victim is beatified Comments 0

Friday, May 9th, 2014

A Dominican friar killed at the Dachau concentration camp in 1945, after he was arrested for helping Jews, has been beatified. Blessed Giuseppe Girotti, OP, was beatified in Alba, Italy, the day before the canonisations of St John Paul II and St John XXIII. In 1995, Israel’s Yad Vashem holocaust memorial declared him “righteous among Read more

Saint Romero of the Americas Comments 1

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013
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It would be wrong for me to anticipate the mind of the Church, but I personally believe that one day Oscar Romero will be declared a Saint of the Church. These were the carefully-chosen words of Cardinal Basil Hume in a tribute to Archbishop Romero at a memorial service in Westminster Cathedral the week after his assassination Read more

Saints John Paul II and John XXIII Comments 0

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013
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Today’s announcement by Pope Francis of the canonization of Blessed John Paul II was not a surprise. From the time of his death in 2005, when crowds shouted “Santo Subito!” in St. Peter’s Square, to Pope Benedict XVI’s waiving of the normal five-year rule (the process of canonization normally doesn’t begin until five years after Read more

Pope calls on Mafia gangsters to convert to God Comments 0

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

A day after the beatification of a Sicilian priest killed by the Mafia, Pope Francis called for “these gangsters” to convert to God. Father Giuseppe Puglisi, who was murdered by Sicilian Mafia in 1993, was beatified in Palermo on May 25. Shocked by his death and inspired by his example, many of Sicily’s priests began Read more

Speculation over beatification for Oscar Romero Comments 0

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

The election of a Latin American Pope has renewed speculation about the likelihood of beatification for Bishop Oscar Romero, the Archbishop of San Salvador who was murdered at the altar 33 years ago. The Congregation for the Causes of Saints has been examining Romero’s cause since 1996. Bishop Gregorio Rosa Chavez, Auxiliary Bishop of San Read more