Posts Tagged ‘beatification’

Pope announces new beatification category Comments 0

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Pope Francis sent out an Apostolic Letter on Tuesday creating a new beatification category for a Servant of God to be declared Blessed. This category is distinct from martyrdom through “oblatio vitae, or “the free offering of their life” for love of God and neighbour. The letter’s title, Maiorem hac dilectionem, comes from Our Lord’s Read more

Marist Founder’s beatification formally opened Comments 0

Friday, February 10th, 2017

On 26 January, a meeting took place in the archbishop’s residence in Lyons to formally open the beatification process of Fr Jean-Claude Colin, Founder of the Society of Mary. The meeting was presided over by the Vicar General of the archdiocese. Others in attendance were the Promoter of Justice, the Notary of the Cause, and Read more

Pope denounces priests and bishops who ‘defamed’ Romero Comments 1

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Pope Francis has denounced priests and bishops who “defamed” Blessed Oscar Romero after his death, in a campaign that delayed his beatification. The Pope made these remarks “off-the-cuff” while speaking on Friday to a group of Salvadoran pilgrims. Pope Francis said that Romero suffered martyrdom not just by his murder on March 24, 1980, but Read more

Lay martyr is first South African beatified Comments 0

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Martyred teacher Blessed Benedict Daswa has become the first South African to be beatified. He was proclaimed blessed in an apostolic letter read on behalf of Pope Francis by Italian Cardinal Angelo Amato during a Mass in South Africa’s northern Limpopo province on Sunday. The ceremony in Tshitanini village was attended by some 30,000 people. Read more

Benedict XVI testifies on beatification of John Paul I Comments 0

Friday, September 4th, 2015

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has testified in proceedings for the beatification of Pope John Paul I. This was reported by Italy’s Famiglia Cristiana (Christian Family) Catholic magazine last week. No pope has ever testified for the beatification of another, the magazine stated. John Paul I died 37 years ago after being pope for just 33 Read more

Huge numbers at Oscar Romero beatification in El Salvador Comments 0

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Martyred Archbishop Oscar Romero was beatified on May 23 in El Salvador with hundreds of thousands of people present for the occasion. “Romero, friend, the people are with you,” the congregation chanted at a square in San Salvador. Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, presided over the beatification Mass. Read more

Oscar Romero to be beatified in May in El Salvador Comments 0

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Martyred Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero is to be beatified on May 23 in San Salvador. The ceremony will be in Plaza Divino Salvador del Mundo, said Italian Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, the chief promoter of the archbishop’s sainthood cause. Archbishop Paglia called the beatification a gift for the world, but particularly for the people of El Salvador.​ In February, Pope Read more

Francis urges Church to be open as he beatifies Paul VI Comments 0

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

At the beatification of Blessed Pope Paul VI, Pope Francis has urged the Church to be open to new ways. Speaking to 70,000 people at St Peter’s Square on October 19, Francis said Catholics must “not fear the new” and must be open to previously “unexpected paths”. Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, who was made a Read more

Fulton Sheen beatification process on indefinite hold Comments 0

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

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