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Title: A New Saint?
Post by: poche on August 19, 2017, 04:04:57 AM
 Hall of Fame baseball player Roberto Clemente is one step closer to becoming a saint, according to Christian Newswire, which reported late last month that Pope Francis ( officially declared the former Pittsburgh Pirate "blessed." With beatification, the Puerto Rican has just one step left to become a saint, according to the Catholic Church.
The pope's official blessing came after Clemente apparently met the requirement to perform a miracle. The alleged miracle happened last month when former Olympian Jamie Nieto (, who once played Clemente in the film "Baseball's Last Hero," managed to walk again after a back-flip accident in April 2016 rendered the high jumper partially paralyzed from the neck down. His signature move during his competitive years more than a decade ago, Nieto tried to perform the move as a coach, but slipped and broke his neck.
Despite given a slim chance by doctors to regain enough strength and mobility in his legs to walk again, Nieto proved them wrong, the Associated Press reports. The Olympian took 130 nearly unaided steps at his wedding to Jamaican hurdler Shevon Stoddart. He had proposed to her while still in a wheelchair just six months after his accident.
While Nieto credited his recovery to his having "worked really hard," according to the AP, "Baseball's Last Hero" director Richard Rossi credited Nieto's "miracle" recovery to the spirit of Clemente. His proof, according to Christian Newswire, is documented in a letter he wrote last year to Pope Francis.
"In meditation, it was revealed to me that Roberto Clemente was a saint," Rossi wrote. "I saw a miracle healing of Jamie Nieto. He will walk at his own wedding to show the grace of the sacrament of marriage. Jesus performed his first miracle at the wedding of Cana."
According to Rossi, who began his campaign to make Clemente a saint in 2014, this is not the first miracle to occur in Clemente's name. Rossi also contends Clemente, a devout Catholic who died in 1972 while attempting to deliver aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua, performed miracles while he was alive, as well. According to a Religion News Service article from 2014, Rossi and a group of volunteers spent time traveling to hear stories about Clemente and used scientific tools, medical records and other methods to try to verify Clemente's "miraculous healing touch."
To become canonized, potential saints need to show proof of at least two miracles. With the first one now apparently down, the world now must wait for the verification of a second.
Rossi did not immediately return The Washington Post's request to comment about what that next miracle may entail, but he showed enthusiasm for last month's news, tweeting Clemente's beatification essentially "greenlights [the player] for canonization.",amp.html
Title: Re: A New Saint?
Post by: poche on August 20, 2017, 12:00:23 AM
 A cardinal who helped change Catholic missionary work in China is now a possible candidate for beatification. 
Cardinal Celso Costantini became the first apostolic delegate to China in 1922.
The situation in China was particularly complex in the wake of European colonialism and the end of the opium trade. Christian missionaries were suspected of being foreign agents. Tens of thousands of Christian civilians, predominantly Chinese Catholics, were killed in the Boxer Rebellion of 1899-1901.
For its part, France considered the Catholic missions in the land to be under its direct protection, despite its recently approved constitution rigidly separating Church and State.
Then-Bishop Costantini was called not only to navigate the complex political situation, but also to work for a change in the mentality with which the missionary work was being carried out. 
His appointment to China came not long after Pope Benedict XV’s 1919 apostolic letter “Maximum Illud,” which many believe changed forever the idea of Catholic missions.
The novelty of the apostolic letter was that “Benedict XV underscored that mission territory was not about a place or a religion to be conquered, but rather a place to proclaim the Gospel in order to give all the people a chance to hear the Word of God,” Cardinal Fernando Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of People, told CNA.
Cardinal Costantini implemented this vision in China.
In his apostolic letter, Benedict XV asked bishops and superiors in charge of Catholic missions to train, educate and ordain local clergy, and reminded missionaries that they have no other goal than the spiritual one.
Then-Bishop Costantini called the first Chinese National Council, which took place in the Xuijaui Cathedral in Shanghai from May 14 to June 12, 1924.
The council gathered 44 ordinary bishops coming from all over China. No political matters were discussed during that meeting.
The gathering approved a final document with 861 canons (paragraphs) that addressed the need to train a local Church with a local clergy. It voiced hope that Chinese-born bishops would be appointed soon, and recognized that missionaries were just transients. The document noted the importance for missionaries to learn the Chinese language and the need to respect the Chinese tradition.
Although it received little attention elsewhere, the Chinese National Council paved the way to a renewed organization of the Church in China.
According to Cardinal Costantini’s postulators, if the Church in China was able to go underground after the Communist revolution and remain strong until now, is mostly due to the work of the missionary bishop.
The opening of the diocesan phase for his beatification has consequences today: it is reviving the discussion around the difficult current situation between China and the Holy See.
The cardinal was born in 1876 and ordained a priest in 1899. He led an ordinary priestly ministry in his native region of Veneto for 14 years. Then in 1920 he was sent as apostolic delegate to Fiume, a former Italian city that came under Yugoslavia administration after the First World War.
Ordained a bishop in 1921, he was appointed the first apostolic delegate to China the next year.
His time in China witnessed continued changes.
In June 15, 1926, Pope Pius XI sent to the Church of China the letter “Ab Ipsia,” in which he emphasized that missionaries did not serve the interest of foreign nations. He announced that soon native-born bishops would be ordained. The new bishop, the Pope said, had the task to cooperate with apostolic vicars in China for the prosperity of their country.
Pius XI ordained the first six Chinese bishops Oct. 28, 1926, at St. Peter’s Basilica.
The ordination of Chinese-born bishops drew varied reactions among missionaries in China. Some of them, like Bishop Costantini, welcomed the move, while others showed some hostility to the Pope’s decision. Parts of the Diocese of China were directly entrusted to missionary orders, some of which felt they were losing “territory.”
As for the Church’s missionary vision, in February 1926, Pius XI issued the encyclical “Rerum Ecclesiae,” which confirmed the guidelines established by “Maximum Illud.”
Bishop Costantini returned to Italy in 1933, but he kept on working for the cause of the Church in China.
Appointed secretary of the Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith, he backed the translation of the missal into Chinese in order to help faithful to understand the Mass, which at the time was said only in Latin.
After a few years, he saw the fruits of his work.
In 1941 and 1942 came two decrees of the Holy Office, now known as the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. These approved the use of the local language to celebrate the sacraments in New Guinea, China, Japan, Indochina, India and Africa. Then in 1949 the Holy Office approved the use of Chinese language in the celebration of the Mass.
The Holy See established the ordinary ecclesiastical hierarchy in China in 1946. The Chinese territory was divided in 20 archdioceses, 85 dioceses and 34 apostolic prefectures.
In 1953, Celso Costantini was made a cardinal by Pius XII. He passed away in 1958.
Title: Re: A New Saint?
Post by: bibleandprayers on October 07, 2017, 07:51:49 AM
it would surely make a lot of catholic baseball fans happy :D 
Title: Re: A New Saint?
Post by: Nadir on October 07, 2017, 07:37:29 PM
B&P,  sanctity is not about making baseball fans happy. I don't think it matters that much.

Here is the Washington Posts take on the matter. Well I guess that as good as the Chicage Tribune.


Vatican dispels claim that Roberto Clemente is on his way to sainthood

By Marissa Payne ( August 17 
Will Roberto Clemente will be MLB’s first saint? Probably not. (AP)
Perhaps a tweet crossed your timeline in the past few weeks, alerting you that Baseball Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente was on his way to becoming a saint after being officially “blessed” by Pope Francis.
That’s “not true,” Vatican officials told The Post on Thursday. While they couldn’t confirm whether anyone has petitioned Pope Francis for sainthood on Clemente’s behalf, both the Vatican and Thomas Rosica, CSB, who works as an English-language press attache for the Vatican in Canada, denied the Puerto Rican native has been beatified.
This likely will come as a disappointment to Richard Rossi, who since 2014 has been trying to drum up support to make Clemente a saint.
Rossi’s journey began after he directed “Baseball’s Last Hero,” an independent film about the life of Clemente, the Pittsburgh Pirates star and devout Catholic who died in 1972 while attempting to deliver aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
To become canonized, potential saints need to show proof of at least two miracles. Rossi has claimed that the first came last month, when former Olympian Jamie Nieto — who played Clemente in Rossi’s film — managed to walk again after a back-flip accident in April 2016 rendered the high jumper partially paralyzed from the neck down. His signature move during his competitive years more than a decade ago, Nieto tried to perform the move as a coach but slipped and broke his neck.

Despite given a slim chance by doctors to regain enough strength and mobility in his legs to walk again, Nieto proved them wrong, the Associated Press (,-Nieto-walks-down-aisle-with-his-wife) reports. The Olympian took 130 nearly unaided steps at his wedding to Jamaican hurdler Shevon Stoddart. He had proposed to her while still in a wheelchair just six months after his accident.
While Nieto credited his recovery to his having “worked really hard,” according to the AP (,-Nieto-walks-down-aisle-with-his-wife), Rossi apparently credited Nieto’s recovery to the spirit of Clemente. His proof, according to what appears to be a fake news release posted to Christian Newswire (, is documented in a supposed letter he wrote last year to Pope Francis..“In meditation, it was revealed to me that Roberto Clemente was a saint,” said Rossi of what he wrote in that letter. “I saw a miracle healing of Jamie Nieto. He will walk at his own wedding to show the grace of the sacrament of marriage. Jesus performed his first miracle at the wedding of Cana.”.The Vatican could not immediately confirm whether it received such a letter or that anyone in the Church may have ever replied to Rossi..Pope Francis receives thousands of letters every day,” a Vatican spokeswoman said..Rossi provided a photograph of a letter that appeared to come from the Vatican that was dated December 2014 and signed by P. Boguslaw Turek. The letter stated that any attempt to canonize Clemente must first go through the Archbishop of San Juan in Puerto Rico. .Rossi admitted in an email to The Post: “[T]he Archbishop of Puerto Rico has been less passionate than Pope Francis” about making Clemente a saint, but insisted it will happen..The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported ( that Rossi, who grew up near Pittsburgh, was the pastor of a nontraditional church in Cranberry, Pa., who was charged in 1994 with attempted murder in the beating of his wife. According to the Post-Gazette, she recanted her story, the trial ended in a hung jury, and he served 96 days in jail after a plea bargain. He and his family moved to Southern California in the mid-1990s, where he became pastor of a church in Long Beach, but left after charges of misdirected funds, the paper said.
Title: Re: A New Saint?
Post by: Nadir on October 07, 2017, 07:38:27 PM
APologies for the atrocious formatting.
Title: Re: A New Saint?
Post by: Neil Obstat on October 07, 2017, 10:23:10 PM
Any informed Catholic could see through this thinly disguised veneer. The Church doesn't make progress on proclaiming anyone is a saint while the subject person is still alive.
So while he lives, Roberto Clemente or anyone else, is not going to enjoy a privilege that no one, even Padre Pio, could have.
The inanity is ludicrous. Imagine the wedding ceremony, "Do you take Saint Roberto here, to be your husband?" 
OH, what if Saint Roberto later wants an annulment but his wife doesn't? Would the Church say, "Well, Mrs. Clemente, you do realize that your husband is a saint, and if the Church were to deny him his request, well, don't you see how that might not be how do we say, making a good impression?"
Title: Re: A New Saint?
Post by: Nadir on October 08, 2017, 12:41:07 AM
Neil, you missed this:

Rossi’s journey began after he directed “Baseball’s Last Hero,” an independent film about the life of Clemente, the Pittsburgh Pirates star and devout Catholic who died in 1972 while attempting to deliver aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
Title: Re: A New Saint?
Post by: poche on October 08, 2017, 12:56:29 AM
Neil, you missed this:

Rossi’s journey began after he directed “Baseball’s Last Hero,” an independent film about the life of Clemente, the Pittsburgh Pirates star and devout Catholic who died in 1972 while attempting to deliver aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
It just goes to show us that everyone is called to holiness.
Title: Re: A New Saint?
Post by: poche on October 16, 2017, 12:46:02 AM
 Pope Francis, who often laments current persecutions of Christians, has given the Catholic Church 35 new saints, nearly all of them martyrs, from past centuries.
The latest saints were proclaimed Sunday during a Mass celebrated by Francis in St. Peter's Square and attended by some 35,000 faithful, many of them pilgrims from the homelands of those being honored.
Thirty martyrs, including priests and lay persons, suffered anti-Catholic persecution in 1645 at the hands of Dutch Calvinists in Brazil, while three children, ages 12 and 13 who were indigenous persons in Mexico, were martyred in the 1520s for refusing to renounce their Catholic faith and return to their ancient traditions.
The other two new saints are a 20th-century priest from Spain and an Italian priest who died in 1739.
Since becoming pontiff in 2013, Francis has repeatedly paid tribute to Christians suffering or even dying for their faith in current times, especially in the Middle East.
At the end of the canonization ceremony, Francis hailed the new saints as "shining witnesses to the Gospel." In recent decades, the Church has stressed that the latest saints can serve as role models for today's Catholics.
Title: Re: A New Saint?
Post by: poche on October 16, 2017, 11:20:19 PM
"that Pope Francis officially declared the former Pittsburgh Pirate "blessed."

He is not the pope!

Pope Innocent III, Eius exemplo, Dec. 18, 1208:
“By the heart we believe and by the mouth we confess the one Church, not of heretics, but the Holy Roman, Catholic, and Apostolic Church outside of which we believe that no one is saved.”

St. Francis De Sales (17th century), Doctor of the Church, The Catholic Controversy, pp. 305-306: "Now when he [the Pope] is explicitly a heretic, he falls ipso facto from his dignity and out of the Church…"

Pouche, you cannot mix oil with water.  You attempt to mix the world with God, generally.  It seems that you are very much of the world.

I do like the game of baseball, it is a good momentary distraction from the madness of the world.  Koo! koo!, for coco-puffs!    
That a baseball player from the playing field could be considered for canonization is an example of how all of us are called to holiness.
Title: Re: A New Saint?
Post by: Maria Regina on October 17, 2017, 03:25:45 AM
This does not sound like a miracle.

There are new physical therapy modalities that can help a paralyzed person to walk again if that person has determination, and it sounded like this person was highly motivated to walk again so he could walk at his wedding.

Title: Re: A New Saint?
Post by: poche on October 23, 2017, 11:55:32 PM
Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, presided at the 10/21 beatification Mass in Sagrada Família Basilica. The 109 martyrs were slain during the Spanish Civil War.
Title: Re: A New Saint?
Post by: poche on October 30, 2017, 02:06:57 AM
The last person hanged for witchcraft in Boston could be considered a Catholic martyr.
In the 1650s, Ann Glover and her family, along with some 50,000 other native Irish people, were enslaved by Englishman Oliver Cromwell during the occupation of Ireland and shipped to the island of Barbados, where they were sold as indentured servants.
What is known of her history is sporadic at best, though she was definitely Irish and definitely Catholic. According to an article in the Boston Globe, even Ann's real name remains a mystery, as indentured servants were often forced to take the names of their masters.
While in Barbados, Ann's husband was reportedly killed for refusing to renounce his Catholic faith. By 1680, Ann and her daughter had moved to Boston where Ann worked as a “goodwife” (a housekeeper and nanny) for the John Goodwin family.
Father Robert O'Grady, director of the Boston Catholic Directory for the Archdiocese of Boston, said that after working for the Goodwins for a few years, Ann Glover became sick, and the illness spread to four of the five Goodwin children.
“She was, unsurprisingly, not well-educated, and in working with the family, apparently she got sick at some point and the kids for whom she was primarily responsible caught whatever it was,” Fr. O'Grady told CNA.
A doctor allegedly concluded that “nothing but a hellish Witchcraft could be the origin of these maladies,” and one of the daughters confirmed the claim, saying she fell ill after an argument with Ann.
The infamous Reverend Cotton Mather, a Harvard graduate and one of the main perpetrators of witch trial hysteria at the time, insisted Ann Glover was a witch and brought her to what would be the last witch trial in Boston in 1688.
In the courtroom, Ann refused to speak English and instead answered questions in her native Irish Gaelic. In order to prove she was not a witch, Mather asked Ann to recite the Our Father, which she did, in a mix of Irish Gaelic and Latin because of her lack of education.
“Cotton Mather would have recognized some of it, because of course that would have been part of your studies in those days, you studied classical languages when you were preparing to be a minister, especially Latin and Greek,” Father O'Grady said.
“But because it was kind of mixed in with Irish Gaelic, it was then considered proof that she was possessed because she was mangling the Latin.”
Allegedly, Boston merchant Robert Calef, who knew Ann when she was alive, said she “was a despised, crazy, poor old woman, an Irish Catholic who was tried for afflicting the Goodwin children. Her behavior at her trial was like that of one distracted. They did her cruel. The proof against her was wholly deficient. The jury brought her guilty. She was hung. She died a Catholic."
Mather convicted Ann of being an “idolatrous Roman Catholick” and a witch, and she hung on Boston Common on November 16, 1688. Today, just a 15 minute walk away, the parish of Our Lady of Victories holds a plaque commemorating her martyrdom, which reads:
“Not far from here on 16 November 1688, Goodwife Ann Glover an elderly Irish widow, was hanged as a witch because she had refused to renounce her Catholic faith. Having been deported from her native Ireland to the Barbados with her husband, who died there because of his own loyalty to the Catholic faith, she came to Boston where she was living for at least six years before she was unjustly condemned to death. This memorial is erected to commemorate “Goody” Glover as the first Catholic martyr in Massachusetts.”
The plaque was placed at the Church on the tercentennial anniversary of her death in 1988 by the Order of Alhambra, a Catholic fraternity whose mission includes commemorating Catholic historical persons, places and events. The Boston City Council also declared November 16 as “Goody Glover Day,” in order to condemn the injustice brought against her. 
Ann Glover has not yet been officially declared a martyr by a pope, nor has her cause for canonization been opened to date, partly because her story has faded into obscurity over time, Fr. O’Grady said.
“Part of the dilemma here (too) is that when she was hanged, Catholics were a tiny, minuscule, minority in Boston, so picking up her ‘cause’ was not easy or ‘on top of the list’,” he said.
Ann Glover's trial also set the tone for the infamous Salem Witch Trials in 1692, during which 19 men and women were hanged for witchcraft, and in which Reverend Cotton Mather and his anti-Catholic prejudices played a major role.
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Post by: poche on November 07, 2017, 01:52:53 AM
Martyred Indian Sister Rani Maria Vattalil, who was slain by an assassin 22 years ago in central India will be officially proclaimed a Blessed at a beatification ceremony at the start of a Holy Mass in Indore, Madhya Pradesh state on Saturday, Nov. 4.    
The nun belonging to the Franciscan Clarist Congregation was 41 when Samandar Singh, hired by some landlords, stabbed her inside a bus on February 25, 1995.  She was traveling to Indore, the commercial capital of Madhya Pradesh state, on her way to her native state, Kerala, southern India. The attacker followed her when she ran out of the crowded bus and continued stabbing her. She died on the roadside at Nachanbore Hill, near Indore.  Her body bore 45 stab wounds.  Samandar Singh has repented since then. 
Sr. Rani Maria was targetted for empowering the poor and downtrodden from being exploited by money lenders and unscrupulous businessmen. 
Beatification is the penultimate stage in a long process in the Catholic Church for a candidate to sainthood or canonization. The cause of Sr. Rani Maria’s beatification and canonization began in 2003 and she was declared a Servant of God four years later.  A miracle through her intercession will now be needed to clear her for canonization. 
To know about the beatification of Sr. Rani Maria, we contacted Bishop Chacko Thottumarikal of Indore, where Italian Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints, will preside over the Beatification Mass on Saturday.  Talking to Vatican Radio on his mobile phone, the Divine Word bishop first explained what the recognition of the martyrdom of Sr. Rani Maria means to local Christians and Catholics as well as to the Indian Church and the nation.

Bishop Chacko regarded Sr. Rani Maria’s beatification "a great blessing” for the Catholic Church of India, especially central and north India.  He noted that after the canonization of Mother Teresa of Kolkata (Calcutta) in Rome, Saturday’s beatification will be the first time such an event is taking place in central and north India.  Rani Maria’s work for the poor, the downtrodden and the exploited, he said, will be an inspiration for missionaries who work in similar fields amidst opposition.
The Divine Word bishop said 10,000 people are expected at Saturday’s beatification in Indore city.  The concelebrated Mass with 47 bishops and 5 cardinals will be presided over by Card. Amato.   Important people from Indore will also be present at the Mass.
Bishop Chacko explained that the venue of the beatification ceremony has a capacity of 10,000 people.  His cathedral could not host the event as it has a capacity of only 1000 people.  In the past months the various committees had been working with preparing the venue, invitation, transport, accommodation and food.
Bishop Chacko said that the thanksgiving Mass will take place on Sunday, Nov. 5, in Udainagar, the village where Sr. Rani Maria worked and is buried.  Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Giambattista Diquattro will concelebrate the Mass with 12 bishops at the tomb of Sr. Rani Maria, for some 2000 people.  The beatification Mass will be streamed live on YouTube ( and some television channels.

Title: Re: A New Saint?
Post by: poche on November 15, 2017, 02:31:45 AM
On 8 November 2017, the Holy Father Francis received in audience H.E. Cardinal Angelo Amato, S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. During the audience, the Holy Father authorised the same Congregation to promulgate the Decrees regarding:
- the martyrdom of the Servant of God Giovanni Brenner, diocesan priest, born on 27 December 1931 in Szombathely, Hungary, and killed in hatred of the faith on 15 December 1957 in Rabakethely, Hungary;
- the martyrdom of the Servant of God Leonella Sgorbati (née Rosa), professed nun of the Institute of the Consolata Missionary Sisters; born on 9 December 1940 in Rezzanello di Gazzola, Italy, and killed in hatred of the faith on 17 September 2006 in Mogadishu, Somalia;
- the heroic virtues of Blessed Bernardo of Baden, Marquis of Baden, born between late 1428 and early 1429 in the Castle of Hohenbaden, Germany, and died on 15 July 1458 in Moncalieri, Italy;
- the heroic virtues of Servant of God John Paul I (Albino Luciani), Supreme Pontiff, born on 17 October 1912 in Forno di Canale, now Canale d’Agordo, Italy, and died on 28 September 1978 in the Apostolic Palace, Vatican City;
- the heroic virtues of Servant of God Gregorio Fioravanti (né Lodovico), professed priest of the Order of Friars Minor, founder of the Congregation of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart; born in Grotte di Castro, Italy on 24 April 1822, and died in Gemona, Italy on 23 January 1894;
- the heroic virtues of Servant of God Tomás Morales Pérez, professed priest of the Company of Jesus, founder of the Secular Institutes Cruzados e Cruzadas de Santa María; born in Macuto, Venezuela on 30 October 1908, and died on 1 October 1994 in Alcalá de Henares,
- the heroic virtues of Servant of God Marcellino da Capradosso (né Giovanni Maoloni), professed layperson of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin; born on 22 September 1873 in Villa Sambuco di Castel di Lama and died on 26 February 1909 in Fermo, Italy;
- the heroic virtues of Servant of God Teresa Fardella De Blasi, widow and founder of the Institute of the Poor Daughters of the Crowned Virgin; born in New York, United States of America, on 24 May 1867 and died on 26 August 1957 in Trapani, Italy.
Title: Re: A New Saint?
Post by: poche on January 06, 2018, 02:14:37 AM
The Vatican may soon announce plans for the beatification of seven Cistercian monks who were abducted and killed by Islamic militants in Algeria in 1996, according to French media reports. The report also indicates that beatification might be approved for Bishop Pierre Claverie of Oran, who was killed that year, and for several other monks, nuns, and missionary priests who were slain in Algeria in 1994 and 1995.
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Post by: Merry on January 06, 2018, 12:24:46 PM
Is not part of Canonization, the study of a person' "orthodoxy of faith"?  One has to be truly Catholic.  So much for Modernists and Novus Ordo people.

Out goes Mother Teresa, for example.

The true martyrs of pre-Vatican II times are one thing - Novus Ordo Catholic of post, say, 1968 or so, are entirely another.

Pius X condemned Modernism as a heresy.
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Post by: Ladislaus on January 06, 2018, 12:27:42 PM
Yeah, the purported canonization of Mother Theresa is one of the strongest arguments for SVism.  Mother Theresa promoted religious indifferentism like very few before her.
Title: Re: A New Saint?
Post by: poche on January 28, 2018, 02:06:16 AM
Saturday Pope Francis moved two 20th-century martyrs a step closer to sainthood, including Veronica Antal, a young Romanian woman killed during an attempted rape in 1958, and Pierre Claverie, a bishop who promoted dialogue between Muslims and Christians in Algeria.
The Pope’s recognition of Antal and Claverie as martyrs, “killed in hatred of the faith,” was announced Jan. 27, one day after he met with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. Six other sainthood causes were also advanced.
Veronica Antal was born in Nisiporesti, a small village in Romania, on Dec. 7, 1935. Because her parents spent a lot of time at work in the fields, she was raised mostly by her grandmother Zarafina, who taught her about the faith and inspired her love of Christ and the Church.
She attended primary school in her native village, earning good grades, and afterward joined her parents to work in the field.
By around the age of 16 or 17, she expressed a desire to enter the monastery, though she was unable to do so because the communist government had already abolished almost all Catholic monasteries in the country.
Instead she joined the Secular Franciscans as a tertiary and led a religious life at home, receiving Holy Communion and spending time in adoration daily, though she had to walk five miles to the nearest church.
On Aug. 24, 1958, just a few months shy of her 23rd birthday, she was returning from the Divine Liturgy at the local parish where she had just received the sacrament of Confirmation, when she was attacked by a young man, who attempted in vain to rape her.
She died after being stabbed 42 times with a knife. Antal had a special devotion to the Virgin Mary and prayed the Rosary every day. Those who found her body noted that she had a rosary gripped firmly in her hands.
It is said that at the time Antal had been reading a biography of a fellow virgin-martyr, St. Maria Goretti, who had been canonized just eight years prior, and had confided to two friends that she would behave the same way.
Pierre Claverie was a French citizen born in a working-class part of Algiers, Algeria on May 8, 1938.  At age 10 he joined a group of scouts under the guidance of the Dominicans. But after completing his studies, he moved to Grenoble, France to continue his college education.
He joined the Dominicans in 1958, continuing his studies at a Dominican institute near Paris.
After the end of the Algerian War of Independence ended in 1962, he returned to Algiers to finish his mandated time in the armed forces, though he refused to bear arms. In September 1963 he returned to France and he was ordained to the priesthood in 1965.
He decided to return to Algeria two years later in order to help rebuild the new and independent nation following the war. He learned Arabic and became a well-known expert on Islam.
From 1973-1981 in Algiers he ran an institute for the studies of classical Arabic and Islam. It was originally intended to educate religious men and women serving as missionaries in Algeria, but in the end was attended by many Muslims desiring to know their culture and to learn Arabic, since French had been the language of colonization.
Claverie facilitated inter-religious dialogue between Muslims and Christians, a dream of his being to someday establish true dialogue between people of different faiths.
In 1981 he was appointed the bishop of Oran. There he created libraries, rehabilitation centers for the handicapped, and educational centers for women.
The Algerian Civil War broke out in 1992, threatening the small Catholic Church in the country. Some Church leaders in Europe encouraged priests and bishops to leave the country for safety, but Claverie was opposed to it, considering himself an Algerian, though he was never able to get citizenship.
Finding it important to participate in public life, he even publicly criticized the two main opposing forces in the civil war, the Islamic Salvation Front and the Algerian government.
He was assassinated on Aug. 1, 1996 along with his driver and friend Mohamed Bouchikhi, from a bomb explosion that destroyed the entrance to the chancery as they were entering the building. At his funeral, Muslim mourners described him as “the bishop of the Muslims.”
His cause for canonization, along with 18 other religious men and women killed from 1994-1996 in Algeria, was opened in 2006. Now, Pope Francis’ recognition of their martyrdom has paved the way for their beatification.
A miracle attributed to the intercession of Nazaria Ignacia March Mesa (Nazaria Ignacia of St. Teresa of Jesus), the founder of the Congregation of Sisters the Misioneras Cruzadas de la Iglesia (1889-1943), was also approved Jan. 27, paving the way for her beatification.
The others declared ‘Venerable’ are: Clelia Merloni, founder of the Institute of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (1861-1930); and Maria Crocefissa of Divine Love (Maria Gargani), founder of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart (1892-1973).
The heroic virtue of ‘Servants of God’ Ambrosio Grittani, diocesan priest and founder of the Oblates of St. Benedict Joseph Labre (1907-1951); and Anna-Maria Maddalena Delbrêl, laywoman (1904-1965), were also approved.
Title: Re: A New Saint?
Post by: poche on January 30, 2018, 02:06:06 AM
Yesterday, 26 January, the Holy Father Francis received in audience His Eminence Cardinal Angelo Amato, S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. During the audience, the Supreme Pontiff authorized the same Congregation to promulgate the Decrees regarding:
- the miracle, attributed to the intercession of Blessed Nazaria Ignacia March Mesa (in religion: Nazaria Ignacia of Saint Teresa of Jesus), founder of the Congregation of the Missionary Crusaders of the Church; born in Madrid, Spain on 10 January 1889 and died in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 6 July 1943;
- the miracle, attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God Alphonse-Marie Eppinger (née: Elisabeth), founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Redeemer; born in Niederbronn, France on 9 September and 1814 died there on 31 July 1867;
- the miracle, attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God Clelia Merloni, founder of the Institute of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus; born on 10 March 1861 in Forlì, Italy and died on 21 November 1930 in Rome;
- the miracle, attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God Maria Crocefissa dell’Amore Divino (née: Maria Gargani), founder of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart; born on 23 December 1892 I Morra Irpino, now Morra De Sanctis, Italy and died on 23 May 1973 in Naples, Italy;
- the martyrdom of the Servants of God Pierre-Lucien Claverie, of the Order of Preachers, Bishop of Oran, and 18 companions, men and women religious, killed in hatred of the Faith in Algeria from 1994 to 1996;
- the martyrdom of the Servant of God Veronica Antal, layperson, of the Franciscan Secular Order; born on 7 December 1935 in Nisiporeşti, Romania and killed in hatred of the Faith on 24 August 1958 in Hălăuceşti, Romania;
- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Ambrosio Grittani, diocesan priest and founder of the Oblates of Saint Benedict Joseph Labre; born in Ceglie del Campo, Italy on 11 October 1907 and died on 30 April 1951 in Molfetta, Italy;
- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Anne-Marie Madeleine Delbrêl, layperson; born in Mussidan, France on 24 October 1904 and died in Ivry-sur-Seine, France on 13 October 1964.
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Post by: poche on February 05, 2018, 11:33:33 PM
Holy Mass with the Beatification of Teresio Olivelli, an Italian Roman Catholic soldier during World War II and part of the Italian Resistance movement to Fascism and the Nazi regime, from the Palasport di Vigevano, Italy. Presided by Angelo Cardinal Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. ~
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Post by: poche on February 18, 2018, 01:59:40 AM
During his annual Lenten meeting with the priests of Rome last week, Pope Francis confirmed that Blessed Pope Paul VI will be made a saint sometime this year.
"Paul VI will be a saint this year," the Pope said Feb. 15, at the end of a long question and answer session with priests of Rome. The text of the private meeting was published by the Vatican Feb. 17.

During the meeting, Francis gave lengthy answers to four questions from priests. Afterward, texts containing meditations by Pope Paul VI, a gift from the Pope, were handed out to each of the priests. “I saw it and I loved it,” Francis said about the book.
“There are two [recent] Bishops of Rome already saints,” he continued, referring to St. John XXIII and St. John Paul II, who were canonized together in April 2014.
Besides Blessed Pope Paul VI, he noted that John Paul I's cause for beatification is also ongoing. "And Benedict and I," he added, are "on the waiting list: pray for us!"
According to Vatican Insider, Feb. 6 the Congregation for the Causes of Saints approved the second miracle needed for the canonization of Bl. Pope Paul VI by a unanimous vote.
The next step is for Pope Francis to also give his approval, with an official decree from the Vatican. Then the date for the canonization can be set. The canonization could take place in October of this year, during the Synod of Bishops on the youth, Vatican Insider reported.

The miracle attributed to the cause of Paul VI is the healing of an unborn child in the fifth month of pregnancy. The case was brought forward in 2014 for study.
The mother, originally from the province of Verona, Italy, had an illness that risked her own life and the life of her unborn child, and was advised to have an abortion.
A few days after the beatification of Paul VI on Oct. 19, 2014, she went to pray to him at the Shrine of Holy Mary of Grace in the town of Brescia. The baby girl was later born in good health, and remains in good health today.
The healing was first ruled as medically inexplicable by the medical council of the congregation last year, while the congregation's consulting theologians agreed that the healing occurred through the late pope's intercession.
Title: Re: A New Saint?
Post by: Last Tradhican on February 18, 2018, 12:39:27 PM
The Catholic Church has two sainted popes (Pius V and Pope Pius X) in the last like 650 years of spreading the Faith all over the world.

The Vatican II religion will soon have three in 55 years of destroying the Faith all over the world.

God could not be more clear in His warnings.

Those that have eyes to see, let them see.
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Post by: poche on March 08, 2018, 01:55:06 AM
The Vatican has approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of Archbishop Oscar Romero, and the Salvadoran prelate, who was killed in 1980, will be beatified later this year. The date for the ceremony has not yet been set.
In a series of decrees issued on March 7, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints also confirmed that a miracle attributed to Pope Paul VI had been approved, and the Pope who died in 1978 will also be canonized later this year—reportedly in October, at the close of the Synod of Bishops.
The Congregation announced approval of miracles attributed to three others who are now eligible for canonization:
Also approved were:
Finally the Congregation certified the “heroic virtue” of the following, who will now be eligible for beatification if a miracle is attributed to their intercession:
Title: Re: A New Saint?
Post by: poche on March 28, 2018, 04:48:29 AM
These few remaining days before Easter are the most sacred time of every year. I began writing this column to explain what the word “holy” in Holy Week means. But actions often speak and teach more loudly than words.
On Friday, March 23, an Islamist gunman in southern France attacked a supermarket. A jihadist loyal to ISIS, he murdered a worker and customer, and wounded many others. In the subsequent standoff with police, a gendarme lieutenant colonel — Arnaud Beltrame — exchanged himself for a female hostage. Several hours later, the gunman shot Beltrame in the throat and was then cut down himself by police gunfire. Beltrame died early Saturday morning in a Carcassone hospital. And therein lies a story.
Beltrame and his wife, Marielle, were already civilly married when they toured a local French Augustinian monastery in 2016. While there, they met and befriended a priest. Over the coming two years, the priest — a Father Jean-Baptiste — helped Arnaud and Marielle through dozens of conversations and many hours of marriage preparation to ready themselves for a Catholic wedding. Beltrame even walked the Camino Real pilgrim road in Spain with his father, who died only recently.
In fact, according to early press reports, the gendarme officer attended his father’s funeral exactly one week before he himself was fatally shot.

This could be a new saint on the calendar.
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Post by: poche on April 13, 2018, 04:18:32 AM
n an interview with FRANCE 24, Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel said Algiers has "given the go-ahead" for the beatification of seven French monks killed in Algeria during the country's civil war in the 1990s. He also discussed the conflict in Western Sahara, amid diplomatic tensions with Morocco over the issue.
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Post by: poche on April 29, 2018, 02:20:35 AM
Hanna Chrzanowska, a 20th-century Polish nurse and laywoman who will be beatified in Krakow Saturday, is a model of how to give of oneself for the good of others, said a priest involved with her canonization cause.
“The laity know well the reality of everyday life,” Fr. Pawel Galuszka said. “Hanna, as a nurse, knew in person and from experience the problems of the sick, alone, abandoned and disabled.”
A Polish priest responsible for the pastoral section of the beatification cause of Hanna Chrzanowska, Galuszka told CNA via email that “in today's culture the logic of the market prevails... In every aspect of life we tend to calculate profit or utility.”
Chrzanowska, on the other hand, “teaches us how important it is to make a sincere gift of oneself, even sacrifice, for the good of the other. This is, and will be, the very legacy of Blessed Hanna Chrzanowska.”
Galuszka noted that St. John Paul II, then-Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, knew Chrzanowska during her life, and when he presided over her funeral said: “We thank you, Miss Hanna, for having been among us... a particular incarnation of Christ's blessings from the Sermon on the Mount, above all that he said ‘blessed [are] the merciful.’”

“The bishop of Krakow [St. John Paul II] had no doubt that Hanna in a heroic way fulfilled the commandment of love of neighbor,” Galuszka noted.
Meeting Cardinal Wojtyla was one of the special moments in Chrzanowska’s life, the priest recounted, adding that the then-bishop of Krakow gave her “real moral and material help” during her organization of various parish infirmaries throughout the city and archdiocese
“Equipped with a charismatic personality, she concentrated a significant group of collaborators and volunteers around her work, among them nurses, nuns, seminarians, priests, doctors, professors and students,” Galuszka said.
“With their help, she organized retreats for her patients that brought back the joy and the strength to face everyday life. Thanks to her efforts, the tradition of celebrating Holy Mass in the homes of the sick, and going to visit patients during pastoral visits, spread.”
Chrzanowska was born in Warsaw on October 7, 1902 to a family known for their charitable work. She finished high school at a school run by Ursuline sisters in Krakow and after graduating in 1922 attended nursing school in Warsaw.
She became an oblate with the Ursuline Sisters of St. Benedict.
From 1926-1929 she worked as an instructor at the University School of Nurses and Hygienists in Krakow. For 10 years she held the position of editor of the monthly “Nurse Poland” magazine, also publishing her own work in the field of nursing.
During this period, she also grew closer to God, joining in the work of the Catholic Association of Polish Nurses in 1937.
In 1939, Poland saw the outbreak of World War II. After the war and after the opening of a university school of maternity and nursing in Krakow, she worked as the head of the department dedicated to home nursing.

Chrzanowska was especially dedicated to the proper formation and preparation of her students, including offering advice and assistance while accompanying her students on visits to patients confined at home.
In 1966 she contracted cancer. Despite operations, the disease spread and eventually led to her death on April 29, 1973 in Krakow.
Her cause for canonization was opened Nov. 3, 1998, and her beatification Mass will take place at the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Krakow April 28.
Galuszka said that the miracle which paved the way for Chrzanowska’s beatification was the healing of a 66-year-old woman, who had suffered from a cerebral hemorrhage and mild heart attack.
The woman had become paralyzed in both legs and a hand and was considered to have no chance of surviving.
While in a coma, she had a dream that Hanna Chrzanowska appeared to her and said, “Everything will be fine.” Waking soon after, she surprised the doctors, because not only could she speak normally, but she could move her limbs, Galuszka said.
It was later discovered that on the same day she was miraculously healed, the woman's friend, a nurse, had attended a Mass and prayed for her healing through the intercession of Venerable Hanna Chrzanowska.
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Post by: poche on May 06, 2018, 02:41:02 AM
Fr. János Brenner, a Cistercian Hungarian priest who was martyred in the 1950s, was beatified May 1. The beatification took place in Szombathely, Hungary, the same location where the Communist government had tried to prevent the faithful from attending Brenner’s funeral 60 years ago.
Brenner was born on Dec. 27, 1931 in Szombathely, Hungary. He attended Catholic schools run by the Cistercian order for several years until the nationalization of schools by the communist government which came to power after World War II as part of the Eastern Bloc.
He was accepted as a novice to the Cistercian order in Zirc in 1950, and took the name Br. Anastasius (Anasztáz).
However, only a few months after Brenner began formation, the communist government began suppressing religious houses. To protect the men in formation, the novice master moved the young brothers from the abbey to private apartments, where they hoped to continue formation in secret.
It was around this time that Brenner, along with a few other novices, moved to the local seminary to begin studying to become a priest, while continuing with his Cistercian formation through correspondence.
Despite the dangers and religious oppression going on around him, journal entries from Brenner at the time display a deep trust in God and a strong desire to do his will.
“There is no greater joy than when man, who is nothing, can be even more annihilated in Christ and immerse himself into the infinite world of His soul, filled with wonderful riches which are forever given over to us,” he wrote in 1950.
“Even if the road is rough, I look at your pain-ridden face and follow you. I ask you only one thing: May I always fulfill most precisely what you give to me as my vocation.”
Brenner took vows with the Cistercian order and then was ordained a priest in 1955.
Throughout his ministry, he was known for his willingness and readiness to serve and to sacrifice, and took as his priestly motto the verse Romans 8:28: “We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.”
Brenner was especially talented at working with youth, which made him a greater target of the communist government.
Even when he was made aware of personal threats against his life, and his bishop offered to transfer him elsewhere for his own safety, Brenner responded: "I'm not afraid, I'm happy to stay."
On the night of Dec. 14, 1957, Brenner was falsely called to give last rites to a sick person in a neighboring town, amid the reprisals for the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.
He left his home, carrying his anointing oils and the Eucharist, but was ambushed in the woods outside Rabakethely and stabbed 32 times. He was found dead the next day, still clutching the Eucharist in his hands, which has earned him the title of the “Hungarian Tarcisius” – a reference to the young third century martyr who was also killed while carrying and protecting the Eucharist.
While the communists had hoped that Brenner’s death would intimidate the faithful in the area, they could not stop devotion to Brenner’s memory. The Chapel of the Good Pastor was built in 1989 on the spot where he died, and is a popular place of pilgrimage for people throughout the country. The dirty and bloodied surplice Brenner wore when he was killed has been preserved as a relic.
Brenner’s martyrdom was acknowledged by Pope Francis in November 2017.
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Post by: poche on May 09, 2018, 02:27:14 AM
Blessed Clara Fey (1815-94), the foundress of the Sisters of the Poor Child Jesus, was beatified at a Mass in Aachen Cathedral (video) ( “Let us give thanks to God for this zealous witness of the Gospel, devoted educator of disadvantaged youth,” Pope Francis said ( on May 6.
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Post by: poche on May 21, 2018, 02:40:20 AM
St. Christopher Magallanes and Companions
( Blessed Miguel Agustin Pro, S.J. (November 23), Cristobal and his twenty-four companion martyrs lived under a very anti-Catholic government in Mexico, one determined to weaken the Catholic faith of its people. Churches, schools and seminaries were closed; foreign clergy were expelled. Cristobal established a clandestine seminary at Totatiche, Jalisco. Magallanes and the other priests were forced to minister secretly to Catholics during the presidency of Plutarco Calles (1924-1928).
All of these martyrs except three were diocesan priests. David, Manuel and Salvador were laymen who died with their parish priest, Luis Batis. All of these martyrs belonged to the Cristero movement, pledging their allegiance to Christ and to the church that he established to spread the Good News in society—even if Mexico's leaders had made it a crime to receive baptism or celebrate the Mass.
These martyrs did not die as a single group but in eight Mexican states, with Jalisco and Zacatecas having the largest number. They were beatified in 1992 and canonized eight years later.

They were canonized fairly recently. Their feast day is today. May we be as faithful as they were in the time of the trial.  
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Post by: poche on May 29, 2018, 02:40:36 AM
ditor's Note: Blessed Leonella Sgorbati (, a Consolata missionary sister, was gunned down five days after Pope Benedict XVI’s Regensburg address (, in which he quoted a Byzantine emperor who had criticized Mohammed. The beatification (video ( took place in the cathedral in Piacenza.
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Post by: poche on June 06, 2018, 02:22:26 AM
Born 1916 in Sant'Eramo al Colle, Italy, she was the youngest of 10 children, who all went on to be consecrated to God. Her mother, before she died and received Last Rites, had asked for this grace for her children, Avvenire reported.
Sister Consolota entered the convent in 1936 with the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Sisters, whom Padre Pio later chose to serve the sick in his beloved "Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza" (Home for the Relief of Suffering).
In September 1955, Sister Consolata was one of three sisters who came to San Giovanni Rotondo, where the hospital was located.
She told Teleradio Padre Pio that when she first met the saintly man, she was struck by his "beautiful smile and playful demeanor." He told the three sisters to not worry because other religious would arrive. Six months later, there were already 15 religious working in the "Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza."
Sister Consolata worked at the hospital for 20 years, caring for patients alongside Padre Pio.
In 1975, Sister Consolata stopped working at the hospital at age 59. According to Avvenire, she entered the cloister with the Capuchin Poor Clares to prepare for "a holy death," believing that she would die within a few years. However, she would go on to live for 42 more years, in a life of prayer and poverty until her death last week.
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Post by: poche on June 10, 2018, 01:59:18 AM
The Archdiocese of Denver hosted a special Mass on Thursday in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the death of Julia Greeley, who is the first person from Colorado to be proposed for sainthood.
Archbishop Samuel Aquila said Greeley was a holy woman who suffered as a former slave and was riddled with arthritis, but still embraced the love of Christ and lived it out.
“How difficult her early life must have been in terms of experiencing slavery, watching her own mother being beaten, losing her own eye,” Archbishop Aquila told CNA.
“And then, her encounter with Jesus Christ...She knew the love of Christ for her, she knew that she was truly a daughter of the Father, and she lived that out.”
The Mass in Greeley’s honor took place at Denver’s Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception on the evening of June 7. Archbishop Aquila celebrated the Mass and, among others, was joined by Capuchin Friar Father Blaine Burkey, who wrote a biography of Greeley.
Numerous organizations were represented at the Mass, including the Julia Greeley Guild, a group raising awareness of her canonization cause; the Secular Franciscans, a lay Catholic community with whom she had been involved; and Denver’s fire department, which provided special honor guards to recognize her service to the community’s firefighters.
A letter from Governor John Hickenlooper of Colorado was also read declaring this week, June 3-9, 2018, to be “Julia Greeley Week.”
Born a slave in Hannibal, Missouri sometime between 1833 and 1848, Greeley endured horrific treatment – once, a whip caught her right eye and destroyed it as a slave master beat her mother.
One of many slaves freed by Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, Greeley’s work with the family of William Gilpin, Colorado’s first territorial governor, brought her to Denver in 1878. Influenced by Gilpin’s wife, who was a devout Catholic, Greeley converted to Catholicism in 1880.
She was an enthusiastic parishioner, a daily communicant, and became an active member of the Secular Franciscan Order starting in 1901. The Jesuit priests at her parish recognized her as the most fervent promoter of devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
During her four decades in Colorado, Greely became known as the “Angel of Charity.” After leaving the Gilpins' service, Greeley found odd jobs around the city. She would beg for goods and then offer them to the poor.
Pulling a red wagon behind her, she would hand out clothes, foods, and medicine to the impoverished, acting at night so as not to embarrass those she helped.
Mary Leisring, president of the Julia Greeley Guild, told CNA that “at one point, someone said they saw her walking down the street with a mattress on her back because she knew that someone needed a mattress.”
Having a strong devotion to the Sacred Heart, Greeley would also deliver Sacred Heart pamphlets to the local firefighters to provide spiritual nourishment. She would travel on foot every month to the fire departments around Denver.
Archbishop Aquila said Greeley was an inspiration because, despite her pains and difficulties, she embraced the love of Christ.
“[She] became extremely generous in the outpouring of her own life, even in the midst of her physical condition, was not shy at all about proclaiming Christ and the good news of the Gospel, and especially with her generosity with the poor,” he said.
Her cause for canonization was officially opened in December 2016, and, on the 99th anniversary of her death, her remains were interred in the cathedral. The local investigation into Greeley’s canonization will likely be closed by this August. A few alleged miracles, credited to her intercession, have been reported and are being reviewed.
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Post by: poche on June 19, 2018, 02:32:31 AM
Blessed Carmen Rendiles Martínez (1903-77) founded the Servants of Jesus of Caracas. “Along with her sisters, she served with love in the parishes, in the schools, and beside those most in need,” Pope Francis said ( on June 17. “Let us praise the Lord for her, His faithful disciple, and entrust our prayers for the Venezuelan people to her intercession.”
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Post by: poche on June 26, 2018, 04:35:34 AM
Known as “la Chiquitunga,” Blessed María Guggiari Echeverría, OCD, “enthusiastically joined Catholic Action and took care of the elderly, sick, and imprisoned,” Pope Francis said ( on June 24. “She died at the age of 34, accepting her illness with serenity. The witness of this young Blessed is an invitation to all young people, especially Paraguayans, to live life with generosity, gentleness and joy.”
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Post by: poche on July 07, 2018, 02:06:37 AM
 Carlo Acutis, who died of leukemia at the age of 15, offering his suffering for the pope and for the Church, was among four laypeople whose heroic virtues were recognized by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints on Thursday.
Pope Francis authorized the congregation to promulgate the decree July 5, which advances Acutis' cause and names him Venerable.
Acutis was born in London May 3, 1991, to Italian parents who soon returned to Milan. He was a pious child, attending daily Mass, frequently praying the rosary, and making weekly confessions.
Exceptionally gifted in working with computers, Acutis developed a website which catalogued Eucharistic miracles. This website was the genesis of The Eucharistic Miracles of the World, an international exhibition which highlights such occurrences.
Acutis died of leukemia in Monza, near Milan, Oct. 12, 2006.
Acutis stated that “To always be close to Jesus, that’s my life plan. I'm happy to die because I've lived my life without wasting even a minute of it doing things that wouldn't have pleased God.”
He also said that “our aim has to be the infinite and not the finite. The Infinite is our homeland. We have always been expected in Heaven,” and he called the Eucharist “my highway to heaven.”
Abbot Michelangelo Tiribilli, the then-Abbot of the Territorial Abbey of Montel Oliveto Maggiore, wrote in the foreword to a biography of Acutis that “By looking at this adolescent as one of them and as someone who was captivated by the love of Christ, which enabled him to experience pure joy, [today's adolescents] will be in contact with an experience of life that doesn't take anything away from the richness of their teenage years, but which actually makes them more valuable.”

To always be close to Jesus was Carlos' life plan. I think we should make that our life plan.
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Post by: poche on July 19, 2018, 02:39:13 AM
A formal call for testimony has been issued, the first step of an investigation into the possible sainthood of Chiara Corbella Petrillo, a young Italian mother who died in 2012.
The call was issued by Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, Vicar General of Rome, earlier this month.
The formal edict, signed July 2, calls Corbella a “Servant of God,” a title used for those under formal consideration for beatification and canonization. It recognizes her “increasing reputation for holiness” and invites “all the faithful, together and individually” to submit any information which could argue “for or against” her cause.
The call for testimony comes just over a year after her cause for canonization was announced on June 17 last year, the fifth anniversary of her death on June 13, 2012.
De Donatis, who handles the day-to-day governance of the Diocese of Rome on behalf of the pope, asked anyone with information which could help Church authorities consider her case to send it to the diocesan tribunal of Rome. When diocesan authorities believe they have sufficient testimony, the file will be sent to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Cause of Saints.
The edict contains a special request for anything written by the prospective saint to be sent to the Diocese of Rome for inclusion in the case.
Chiara Corbella met her husband Enrico Petrillo at Medjugorje in 2002, when she was 18. They married in Italy on September 21, 2008. During the early years of their marriage, the young couple faced many hardships, including the death of two children, who both died only 30 minutes after birth.
Corbella became pregnant a third time with their son, Francesco in 2010. However, the news of her pregnancy also came with a fatal diagnosis of cancer for Chiara. Her cancer was an unusual lesion of the tongue, which was later discovered to be a carcinoma.
Corbella rejected any treatment that could have saved her life during pregnancy because it would have risked the life of her unborn son. Her treatment only began after her son was born, in May 2011, after the cancer had progressed. It eventually became difficult for Chiara to speak and see clearly, eventually making her final days particularly excruciating.
A year after Francesco was born, Corbella died.
A biography of her, entitled Chiara Corbella Petrillo: A Witness to Joy (http://https//, has been published by Sophia Institute Press.
“In the story of the Petrillo couple, many people recognize a providential consolation from heaven,” said Simone Troisi and Christiana Paccini, close friends of the Petrillos who wrote the biography.
“Her suffering became a holy place because it was the place where she encountered God,” Troisi and Paccini recalled.
Although many couples face hardships, Troisi and Paccini remembered something different about the Petrillos - they leaned on God’s grace which made their family particularly serene. They made peace with the reality that Corbella would never grow old with Enrico or watch Francesco grow up.
During her last days, her husband Enrico embraced God’s grace just as she did, saying, “If she is going to be with Someone who loves her more than I, why should I be upset?”
Corbella died on June 13, 2012 at home in her wedding gown, surrounded by her family and friends. Corbella continued to be a witness to joy, even after her death.
Troisi and Paccini believe that Corbella’s legacy is still living on through her witness to the truth that “love exists.” Neither she nor Enrico were afraid of love, marriage, or of committing themselves to their family. However, they were quick to note that Chiara was not “an extraordinary young woman, in a way that makes her different from us.” Rather, she struggled with many human fears and anxieties, especially with thoughts of pain, vomiting, and even of purgatory.
“She had the same questions that we have, the same objections and struggles, the same fears,” Troisi and Paccini noted, saying what made her different was her “capacity to cast everything on the Father, to welcome the grace needed for whatever step she had to make.”
Corbella has been called “a saint for our times.” Her case remains open in the Diocese of Rome.
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Post by: poche on July 29, 2018, 02:31:27 AM
Dozens of witnesses have already been heard as part of the beatification process for murdered French priest, Jacques Hamel, with the diocesan phase expected to conclude its investigation by the end of the year.
Eighty-five-year-old Father Jacques Hamel was knifed to death by Islamist militants July 26, 2016 while celebrating Mass at St. Etienne du Rouvray in Normandy, northern France. The priest belonged to the Archdiocese of Rouen.
The process for the beatification of Father Hamel began in 2017 following the Vatican’s Congregation for the Cause of Saints rescript granting “dispensation” from the five-year delay traditionally required.
The life of Father Jacques Hamel was “very impressive,” said Father Paul Vigouroux, the postulator for the beatification of the assassinated priest.
Father Vigouroux, who also comes from the Archdiocese of Rouen, did not know Father Hamel personally but has learned to appreciate the latter’s life of prayer since he began to study the case in May 2017.
In fact, an in depth investigation of the holiness of a candidate’s life forms the first step in the process.

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Father Jacques Hamel's beatification process progressing well
The first phase of the investigation undertaken by the Archdiocese of Rouen is expected to be completed by the end of 2018
Julien Tranié
July 26, 2018
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Portrait of Father Jacques Hamel in the church of St. Étienne du Rouvray where he was killed on July 26, 2016. (Photo by Michael Bunel/Ciric) 
Dozens of witnesses have already been heard as part of the beatification process for murdered French priest, Jacques Hamel, with the diocesan phase expected to conclude its investigation by the end of the year.
Eighty-five-year-old Father Jacques Hamel was knifed to death by Islamist militants July 26, 2016 while celebrating Mass at St. Etienne du Rouvray in Normandy, northern France. The priest belonged to the Archdiocese of Rouen.
The process for the beatification of Father Hamel began in 2017 following the Vatican’s Congregation for the Cause of Saints rescript granting “dispensation” from the five-year delay traditionally required.
The life of Father Jacques Hamel was “very impressive,” said Father Paul Vigouroux, the postulator for the beatification of the assassinated priest.
Father Vigouroux, who also comes from the Archdiocese of Rouen, did not know Father Hamel personally but has learned to appreciate the latter’s life of prayer since he began to study the case in May 2017.
In fact, an in depth investigation of the holiness of a candidate’s life forms the first step in the process.
“We have not stopped for more than a year,” Father Vigouroux said.
“The diocesan investigation, which covers three areas, should be complete by the end of 2018,” he said.
The tribunal established for this purpose includes a priest delegated as a judge by the archbishop of Rouen, a promoter of justice, namely a monk from the Abbey of Saint Wandrille, plus three volunteer lay “notaries,” who play the role of recorders.
Testimony has already been gathered from 48 witnesses to Father Hamel’s life, including those present at his assassination, from an anticipated total of nearly 65 witnesses. Members of Father Hamel’s family will also be interviewed in a series of hearings, each of which takes from two to three hours.
More than 600 homilies by Father Hamel
The second step of the process is the establishment of a six member “archive commission,” which is responsible for the major task of gathering all the documents relating to Father Hamel’s life, said Father Vigouroux.
This commission has now almost completed this work and is expected to present its report in autumn.
The third and final research task requires gathering all of Father Hamel’s writings. In this case, however, “no official writings exist and we have not found any private writings,” said Father Vigouroux.
However, he and his team have located nearly 600 homilies drafted by Father Hamel “in the form of extensive notes.”
After transcription, two theologians will study “the theological aspects” of Father Hamel’s thought as revealed by the notes.
In light of the progress to date, Father Vigouroux is optimistic that the diocesan process will be completed rapidly.
“Based on where we are now, we expect to finish by Dec. 31,” he said.
Transfer of the file to Rome
Once the initial investigation is over, the postulator and promoter of justice set aside a period for reflection and discernment before deciding whether to conclude the process or to further research Father Hamel’s life.
They will then need another two to three months to copy the relevant documents, before binding them and affixing the bishop’s wax seal, marking the conclusion of the diocesan phase of the beatification process.
The file will then be sent to Rome where the Congregation for the Causes of Saints will examine the material and prepare a report for the pope advising whether or not to declare Father Hamel as a martyr, enabling his beatification.
The Catholic Church recognizes a deeply divine dimension in a martyr’s death, which recalls the mystery of the cross of Christ, as in the case of Father Hamel’s death.
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Post by: poche on August 05, 2018, 02:05:56 AM
An order of Benedictine nuns based near the site in London where Catholics were martyred during the Reformation announced Friday they will soon open a house at the childhood home of their foundress, whose cause for canonization was opened in 2016.
The Adorers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus of Montmartre, OSB, will formally open a chapel in Grancey-le-Chateau, 25 miles southest of Langres, France, Aug. 15, at the property where their foundress, Mother Marie-Adèle Garnier, was born in 1838.
“We give thanks to the Sacred Heart for this historic moment for our Congregation. Our sisters from all over the world are gathered here together to remember the birth of our foundress - the birth of our Monastic Family,” Mother Marilla Aw, OSB, superior general of the order, said Aug. 3.
“We hope that the opening of this house will be an impetus for many people to come to know the charism of our Mother Foundress who is now a Servant of God. Her teachings are profound, and she has already led many souls to the adoration of the Heart of Jesus hidden in the Eucharist.”
The chapel at the site, Maison Garnier, is dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption. The nuns hope the site will become a pilgrimage destination for those devoted to Mother Marie-Adèle. The property includes a museum and a conference and retreat center.
Mother Marie-Adèle founded the Adorers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus of Montmartre in 1898. The order is dedicated to perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
In 1901, the anti-clerical French government passed the Law of Associations, which greatly expanded the state's authority over religious orders and regulated their educational work. As a result, the sisters went into exile in London, where they were able to freely wear a habit for the first time.
They eventually settled at Tyburn, the London site where in the 16th and 17th centuries several hundred martyrs – priests, religious, and lay men and women – were executed by the Protestant state for their refusal to give up their Catholic faith.
Throughout her life as a religious, Mother Garnier, who now went by Mother Mary of St. Peter, experienced intense physical suffering, so much so that when she went more than two hours without suffering, she wondered if Christ had forgotten her.
Despite her sufferings, which included debilitating migraines, her sisters say she remained cheerful and gentle with everyone, and counseled other sisters through their trials.
The order as a whole also suffered financial problems and strange demonic attacks, including instances of possession or objects being picked up and thrown across the room. But Christ promised Mother Mary of St. Peter that he would not let the order dissolve.
In 1922, Christ appeared to Mother Mary of St. Peter and told her that she would suffer and die soon. For the next two years, she suffered intense chest pains and congestion problems, until she became bedridden.
On November 15, 1923, on a Host a priest brought her, she saw the Heart of Jesus, alive in the Eucharist. She died June 17, 1924 at the Tyburn convent.
Her cause for canonization was opened Dec. 3, 2016 by Bishop Joseph-Marie-Edouard de Metz-Noblat of Langres.
Today, the contemplative order has spread throughout the world, with convents in England, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Italy, and France.

I invite everyone to spend a little extra time before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
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Post by: poche on August 16, 2018, 04:01:10 AM
Guadalupe Ortiz de Landázuri, a Spanish member of Opus Dei who is moving toward beatification, teaches us that sanctity can be found amidst chemistry books and classrooms, said a priest leading her cause.
Spanish priest Fr. José Carlos Martinez de la Hoz, who is responsible for the canonization causes of Opus Dei members in Spain, said that Guadalupe’s life contains a simple message: “Holiness is in the ordinary.”
“She became holy giving chemistry classes, being a good professor, and this tells the rest of us that we can achieve the same in an ordinary life,” he reflected.
“Guadalupe lived dedicated to her chemistry students, dedicated to souls and especially her mother who died a half hour after her. She lived dedicated to God and others, despite her serious heart disease which at the end of her life really slowed her down.”
In June, Pope Francis authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to publish the decree approving on a miracle attributed to Guadalupe’s intercession.
The miracle involved a 76-year-old man suffering from a malignant skin tumor near his eye. After praying to Guadalupe in 2002, the tumor instantaneously and inexplicably disappeared.
In addition to this recognized miracle, Martinez de la Hoz said “there are many favors from people who start to lose hope and Guadalupe has given them back peace, thanks to the patience that she had.”
Guadalupe was born in Madrid in 1916. She studied chemical sciences and was one of five women in her graduating class.
She met St. Josemaría Escrivá, the founder of Opus Dei, in early 1944. According to Martinez de la Hoz, “one Sunday in 1944 when she was at Mass in the church of the Conception on Goya Street in Madrid, she became distracted and heard the voice of God inside telling her that although she had a boyfriend, he had something else prepared for her. She left Mass impacted by this and knew that was God's call.”
“On the tram going back home after Mass, she met Jesús Hernando de Pablos, a family friend, and she asked him if he knew of any priest she could talk with. He gave her St. Josemaría's contacts and she started to go to him for spiritual direction,” the priest told ACI Prensa, CNA's Spanish-language sister agency.
St. Josemaría Escrivá taught her that Christ can be found in professional work and ordinary life.
“I had the clear sensation that God was speaking to me through that priest,” Guadalupe would later say.
Martinez de la Hoz noted that “when Guadalupe discovered her vocation at 23, she had a boyfriend, was a chemistry teacher and lived with her mother. From that time on, she was in good spirits because of the intimate conviction of doing what God wants.”
On March 19, 1944, Guadalupe joined Opus Dei as a numerary, committing to celibacy and complete availability for the work of the prelature. Numeraries normally live in an Opus Dei center. However, she did not go to live at a center, but settled into an apartment with her mother, who needed care due to her advanced age.
During her first years as an Opus Dei member, Guadalupe worked primarily in the Christian formation of young people in Madrid and Bilbao. She was later sent to Mexico to begin the apostolic work of Opus Dei there.
In 1956, she settled in Rome, where she worked with St. Josemaría in the administration of Opus Dei. After two years, because of health reasons, she moved back to Spain, where she again took up teaching and scientific research. She then finished her doctoral thesis in chemistry.
Martinez de la Hoz said that what stood out about Guadalupe was “her smile, her good humor, her laughter...She was a woman who preferred to not dwell on the negative, and who completely trusted in God.”
The priest emphasized that what really brought Guadalupe to sanctity was her patience as a chemistry professor.
At the same time, she continued to work in Christian formation in Opus Dei. In all her actions, she reflected her strong desire to love God in her work, her friendship and with a deep joy that radiated peace and serenity, he said.
Guadalupe died of heart disease in Pamplona, Spain on the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in 1975. She was 59 years old and at the time of her death held a reputation of sanctity. Favors attributed to her intercession were quickly reported.
Her beatification cause was begun in the Archdiocese of Madrid in 2001, and was sent on to Rome in 2006.
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Post by: poche on September 17, 2018, 05:47:22 AM
A personal encounter with Mother Alphonse Marie Eppinger inspired “conversions which were far more miraculous than the raising of the dead,” recounted her spiritual director, Father Jean-David Reichard. The nineteenth century French mystic and religious founder was beatified this week in her native Strasbourg after a miraculous physical healing through her intercession was confirmed.
Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, prefect of the Congregation for Causes of the Saints, celebrated the beatification Mass in the Cathedral of Notre Dame on Sept. 9 in Strasbourg, France.
Mother Alphonse Marie had “the gift of seeing people, what is in their souls,” wrote Abbe Glöckler, who knew Eppinger personally and later wrote her biography.
“She had a right word and advice for everyone. God gifted her with a good mind and right judgment. Many left her with the decision to change their lives and to walk the right path.”
Eppinger was able to “scrutinize human hearts” and “reveal things that were hidden,” using these spiritual gifts to advise the priests who would “visit her in abundant numbers” seeking counsel.
God gave her a specific commission for priests,” Glöckler continued, “She told them about dignity and the grandeur of the priesthood.  She prayed a lot for priests, the Holy Father, and the Diocesan Bishop.” Eppinger also composed many several prayers for confessors.
Speaking at the Mass of beatification, Cardinal Becciu called the occasion a “providential opportunity to rediscover, 150 years after her death,  … the testimony of an authentic Christian life and a deep spirituality.”
The eldest of eleven children, Elizabeth Eppinger, was born into a peasant family on Sept. 9, 1814, in Niederbronn, France.
Her devotion to Christ’s passion stemmed from an episode in her childhood, which Cardinal Becciu recounted in his homily:
“As a child - when she was still called Elizabeth - one day on the way to a station of the Stations of the Cross, she asked her mother, ‘Why did they crucify Jesus?’”
“‘My little one, he was killed because of our sins," he replied her mother.”
“‘But what is a sin?" insisted Elizabeth. ‘It's an offense to God …’”
“‘Well, I do not want to offend him anymore!’” she replied.”
Eppinger’s devotion deepened through her experience of suffering through a serious illness with which she struggled intermittently throughout her life. It kept her bedridden for years at a time, prayerfully “immersed in the mystery of the cross.”
It was during her illness that Eppinger received her first vision of Christ and that her mystical gifts became well known.
At the request of her bishop, Eppinger founded the Congregation of the Sisters of the Most Holy Saviour in 1848, taking the religious name Sister Alphonse Marie, in honor of her great devotion to Saint Alphonsus de Liguori (, whom she made patron of the new congregation.
She asked her sisters to meditate daily on the passion of Christ, and she encouraged devotion to Eucharistic adoration. In addition to their devotions, the sisters also aided the sick during epidemics, including a cholera outbreak in 1854.
Mother Alphonse Marie died in 1867. Ten years after her death, the congregation she founded had grown to include 550 sisters in 88 religious houses throughout Europe. Today the sisters are present  in 68 dioceses accross 16 countries, and they continue to serve others through the ministries of health care, social services and education
In his Sunday Angelus address, Pope Francis expressed gratitude for  Mother Alphonsus Marie’s beatification:
“Let us thank God for this courageous and wise woman who, in suffering, in silence, and in prayer, witnessed the love of God especially to those who were sick in body and in spirit.”

I ask God for the grace to say the right thing to the right person, especially the children.
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Post by: poche on September 20, 2018, 03:14:49 AM
The Archdiocese of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar in eastern India’s Odisha state is currently gathering information and evidence on the martyrdom of some 100 people who were killed in the brutal anti-Christian violence that erupted in the state on August 25, 2008.
Violence of August 2008 
The initiative is taking place 10 years after Hindu extremists unleashed untold atrocities on Christians, mostly in Kandhamal District, blaming them for the August 23 murder of Hindu leader Swami Lakshmanananda Saraswati and four of his disciples. 
Even though Maoist rebels claimed the assassination, the carefully orchestrated violence continued unabated for months.
The violence displaced an estimated 56,000 Christians.  Many who sought shelter in the forests perished because of hunger and snakebites. Church and social activists reported the destruction of almost 300 churches, besides convents, schools, hostels and welfare facilities. 
Cause of martyrdom
In a letter on December 3, 2017, Archbishop John Barwa of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar appointed Father Purushottam Nayak to research and prepare a dossier on the martyrs, a process before formally initiating the cause of their martyrdom and sainthood at the diocesan level.   After the diocesan process, the cases will be handed over to the Vatican for further examination and verification.
Fr. Nayak, who is based in Raikia, took up his mandate on 1 January, 2018. He told Vatican News that he has drawn up a list of 105 martyrs among whom are 7 Catholics.  The list inclues Christians of other denominations as well as Hindus, Muslims and others who were killed just because they helped, sheltered or defended their Christian brothers and sisters.   He said that the archdiocese plans to honour non-Catholics and non-Christians in appreciation and recognition for sacrificing their lives for their Christian brothers and sisters. 
Collecting evidence 
Fr. Nayak is heading a 7-member team, all priests including him, in this task of gathering evidence on the martyrdom.  His team follows a prescribed procedure in gathering information.  This includes a critical biography of the martyr candidate, a report on the virtues , such as faith, hope charity and generosity, reports on holiness and favours received, if any, through the candidate’s intercession  and any possible obstacle to the cause.  The team also has to gather information on all public writings on the candidate or his/her martyrdom and make a list of witnesses , both favourable and not favourable to the cause of martyrdom.    
The main sources of evidence for Fr. Nayak and his team have been eyewitnesses, family members and relatives, whose interviews are recorded and documented to find out the motives behind the killings.
Fr. Nayak said that the practical difficulties they face in gathering information is locating the victims who have been displaced and scattered after the 2008 persecution.  The team tries to reach out to them through relatives, parish priests, catechists and lay people
Many of the victims’ families, Fr. Nayak said, are still traumatized and the deep wounds that they suffered in 2008 are still fresh in their memory.  Many are reluctant to talk freely, as they are frightened of repercussions living among Hindus in alien surroundings far from their own their homes and villages. 
Honouring other Christians and non-Christians
Fr. Nayak’s team has documented only 15 cases of martyrdom so far, out of which 7 are Catholics.   They were to complete their job by the end of this year, but the priest said it appears very difficult to finish the remaining 90 cases in 3 months, so they will need more time. 
Fr, Nayak said the archdiocese already has a martyrs’ memorial in Tiangia, the worst affected by the 2008 violence, where 7 Catholics perished, the highest from a single place.  Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar Archdiocese also plans to have a memorial for the martyrs of other Christian denominations and Hindus.
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Post by: poche on October 07, 2018, 12:17:49 AM
The Algerian bishops' conference has announced that the beatification of Bishop Pierre Claverie and his 18 companions, who were martyred in the country between 1994 and 1996, will be held Dec. 8.
The beatification will take place at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Cross in Oran.
The new blesseds “have been given to us as intercessors and models of the Christian life, of friendship and fraternity, of encounter and dialogue. May their example aid us in our life today,” the Algerian bishops wrote.
“From Algeria, their beatification will be for the Church and for the world, an impetus and a call to build together a world of peace and fraternity.”
In January Pope Francis had authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to recognize the martyrdoms.
Claverie was a French Algerian, and the Bishop of Oran from 1981 until his Aug. 1, 1996 martyrdom. He and his companions were killed during the Algerian Civil War by Islamists.
In addition to Claverie, those being beatified are: Brother Henri Vergès, Sister Paul-Hélène Saint-Raymond, Sister Esther Paniagua Alonso, Sister Caridad Álvarez Martín, Fr. Jean Chevillard, Fr. Alain Dieulangard, Fr. Charles Deckers, Fr. Christian Chessel, Sister Angèle-Marie Littlejohn, Sister Bibiane Leclercq, Sister Odette Prévost, Brother Luc Dochier, Brother Christian de Chergé, Brother Christophe Lebreton, Brother Michel Fleury, Brother Bruno Lemarchand, Brother Célestin Ringeard, and Brother Paul Favre-Miville.
The best known of Claverie's companions are the seven monks of Tibhirine, who were kidnapped from their Trappist priory in March 1996. They were kept as a bartering chip to procure the release of several imprisoned members of the Armed Islamic Group of Algeria, and were killed in May. Their story was dramatized in the 2010 French film Of Gods and Men, which won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival.
The prior, Christian de Chergé, sought peaceful dialogue with the Muslim population of the area and provided employment, medical attention, and education to the locals.
Dom Christian accepted that the current political tensions and violent militias were a threat to his life. According to the Trappist order, he wrote a letter to his community and family, citing the peace felt giving his life to God.  
“If it should happen one day – and it could be today – that I become a victim of the terrorism which now seems ready to engulf all the foreigners living in Algeria, I would like my community, my Church and my family to remember that my life was given to God and to this country,” he said.
After the death of the monks of Tibhirine, Bishop Claverie knew his life was in serious danger. A bomb exploded at the entrance of his chancery Aug. 1, 1996, killing him and an aide, Mohamed Bouchikhi.
Sister Esther Paniagua Alonso and Sister Caridad Álvarez Martín were Augustinian missionaries from Spain who were killed Oct. 23, 1994 in Algiers.
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Post by: poche on October 13, 2018, 11:57:25 PM

Blessed Vincent Romano
Born in 1751 and ordained a priest in 1775, Romano had studied the writings of St. Alphonsus de Liguori and developed a devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. He spent his whole life as a priest in Torre del Greco and was known for his simple ways and his care for orphans. He worked to rebuild his parish, often with his bare hands, after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 1794. He died in December 1831 of pneumonia and was beatified by Paul VI in 1963.
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Post by: poche on November 10, 2018, 02:44:57 AM
he Vatican has issued sixteen decrees advancing the causes of candidates for canonization and beatification.
With the approval of Pope Francis, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints proclaimed the martyrdom of Brother James Alfred Miller, and American religious who was killed in Guatemala in 1982. The Congregation also confirmed the “cult from time immemorial” of Michele Giedrojc, a layman who lived in the 15th century in what is now Lithuania and Poland. The decree, equivalent to beatification, gives him the title of “Blessed.”
In other decrees, the Congregation recognized ten martyrs of the Spanish Civil War; certified miracles attributed to two Italian woman, who now become eligible for beatification and confirmed the “heroic virtue” of ten other candidates for beatification.
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Post by: Markus on November 16, 2018, 12:31:54 AM
Poche, is it really necessary for you to copy and paste all of this text?
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Post by: poche on November 16, 2018, 11:12:29 PM
Poche, is it really necessary for you to copy and paste all of this text?
The holiness of the saints inspires me. There is so much we can learn from them.
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Post by: JezusDeKoning on November 17, 2018, 08:36:27 AM
The holiness of the saints inspires me. There is so much we can learn from them.
It's a CathInfo-wide grievance that people paste the entire article, formatting and all. Simply post a link, and stop deflecting. You look like a politician addressing a scandal when you do that -- and not in a good way, either.
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Post by: poche on December 10, 2018, 11:06:16 PM
As Father Pierre Claverie and 18 other martyrs were Beatified on Saturday in Algeria, Pope Francis sent a message to the Algerian people.
By Linda Bordoni
In a message to the people of Algeria Pope Francis urged them to go forward in healing the wounds of the past and nurturing a culture of encounter and coexistence.    
The 19 martyrs were killed between 1994 and 1996 during the civil war in Algeria between the government and Islamist groups. All were religious and they all shared a love of Christ and a desire to serve the Muslim people of the nation.
The Pope’s message was read after the Beatification Mass presided over in the city of Oran by Cardinal Angelo Becciu, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints.
Pope Francis described the celebration as a joyful one for the Church in Algeria and said he joins the community in giving thanks “for these lives given totally for the love of God, the country and all its inhabitants”.
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Post by: poche on January 15, 2019, 11:36:22 PM
On 15 January 2019, the Holy Father Francis received in audience His Eminence Cardinal Angelo Becciu, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. During the audience, the Supreme Pontiff authorized the Congregation to promulgate the Decrees regarding:
- the miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Marguerite Bays, virgin, of the Third Order of Saint Francis of Assisi; born in Pierraz, Switzerland on 8 September 1815 and died in Siviriez, Switzerland, on 27 June 1879;
- the martyrdom of the Servants of God Maria del Carmen (née: Isabella Lacaba Andía and thirteen companions, professed religious of the Franciscan Order of the Immaculate Conception; killed in hatred of the faith in Spain in 1936;
- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Anna Kaworek, co-founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Michael Archangel; born in Biedrzychowice, Poland on 18 June 1872, and died in Miejsce Piastowe, Poland, on 30 December 1936;
- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God María Soledad Sanjurjo Santos (née: María Consolata), professed religious of the Congregation of the Servants of Mary, Ministers to the Sick; born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, on 15 November 1892 and died in San Juan de Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico, on 23 April 1973.

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Post by: poche on February 15, 2019, 11:05:45 PM
On 12 February 2019, the Holy Father Francis received in audience His Eminence Cardinal Angelo Becciu, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. During the audience, the Supreme Pontiff authorized the same Congregation to promulgate the Decrees regarding:
- the miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed John Henry Newman, Cardinal of the Holy Roman Church, founder of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri in England; born in London, England on 21 February 1801, and died in Edgbaston, England on 11 August 1890;
- the miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Mariam Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan, founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family; born in Puthenchira, India on 26 April 1876 and died in Kuzhikkattussery, India on 8 June 1926;
- the martyrdom of the Servant of God Salvador Victorio Emilio Moscoso Cárdenas, professed priest of the Society of Jesus; born in Cuenca, Ecuador on 21 April 1846 and killed in hatred of the faith in Riobamba, Ecuador on 4 May 1897;
- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God József Mindszenty, cardinal of the Holy Roman Church, former archbishop of Esztergom and primate of Hungary; born in Csehimindszent, Hungary on 29 March 1892 and died in Vienna, Austria on 6
May 1975;
- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Giovanni Battista Zuaboni, diocesan priest, founder of the Company of the Holy Family Secular Institute; born in Vestone, Italy on 24 January 1880 and died in Brescia, Italy on 12 December 1939;
- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Manuel García Nieto, professed priest of the Society of Jesus; born in Macotera, Spain, on 5 April 1894 and died in Comillas, Spain on 13 April 1974;
- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Serafina Formai (née Letizia), founder of the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Good News; born in Casola Lunigiana, Italy on 28 August 1876 and died in Pontremoli, Italy on 1 June 1954;
- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God María Berenice Duque Heckner (née Ana Julia), founder of the Congregation of the Little Sisters of the Annunciation; born in Salamina, Colombia on 14 August and died in Medellín, Colombia on 25 July 1993.
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Post by: poche on March 11, 2019, 11:04:15 PM
The Beatification of nine Spanish seminarians, martyrs of the 20th century, is a testimony for the Church today, disfigured by sexual abuses and the abuse of power by members of the clergy, said Cardinal Angelo Becciu, on celebrating the martyrdom of Angelo Cuartas Cristobal and eight companions, on March 9, 2019 at Oviedo, Spain. “We need honest and irreproachable priests,” he stressed.
The nine seminarians – Angelo, Mariano, Jesus, Cesar Gonzalo, Jose Maria, Juan Jose, Manuel, Sixto, and Luis, killed out of hatred for the faith between 1934 and 1937 –, heard the voice of the Divine Master who said to them: “Follow Me!,” continued in his homily the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. However, “that ‘Follow Me!’ at a certain point asked for a greater and more heroic receptiveness and, once again, they said ‘yes’.”
In an atmosphere of live Catholic hostility, whose objective was the elimination of the Church and, in particular, of the clergy, they were “determined to follow their vocation . . . conscious of the traps and dangers with which they would confront.” While it was enough for their persecutors “to identify them as seminarians to give free rein to their homicidal violence,” these young men “were able to persevere with a particular strength up to the last moment of their life, without denying their identity of clerics in formation,” explained the Cardinal.
“Their testimony is of great actuality: they didn’t flee in face of difficulties, but they chose fidelity to Christ, he continued. The message of these martyred seminarians “speaks to the Church and to Europe”: “They remind us that love for Christ prevails over all other choices and that coherence of life can lead to death . . . They remind us that one can’t accept compromises with one’s conscience and that no other human authority can rival the primacy of God.”
By their holiness of life, “the new Blesseds speak above all to the Church of today” because “they made the priesthood radiant,” affirmed the Prefect of the Dicastery, recalling the present scandals of sexual abuse and of abuse of power. “We are all troubled by the scandals that seem to be without end and that disfigure the face of the Bride of Christ. We need seminarians, priests, consecrated persons generous Pastors, such as these martyrs of Oviedo. We need honest and irreproachable priests that lead souls to God and don’t cause sufferings to the Church or trouble the People of God.”
“By their message and their martyrdom, the new Blesseds speak to all of us and remind us that to die for the faith is a gift granted only to certain persons; however, to live the faith is a call addressed to all,” concluded Cardinal Becciu.
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Post by: poche on March 20, 2019, 11:49:47 PM
Pope Francis on Tuesday took 14 men and women a step closer to sainthood, among them an Italian missionary martyred in Myanmar and 7 bishops killed for their faith in Romania. 
The Pope received Cardinal Angelo Becciu, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and authorized the promulgation of 8 new decrees, recognizing the heroic virtues of 4 Italian nuns and an Italian priest, a miracle attributed to the intercession of a Spanish nun and the martyrdom of 8 men.
9 Blesseds
A decree recognized a miracle through the intercession of Spanish nun Sister Maria Emilia Riquelme y Zayas, foundress of the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament and of the Blessed Virgin Mary Immaculate.  She was born in Granada (Spain) on August 5, 1847 and died there on December 10, 1940.
A decree recognized the martyrdom of 7 Romanian bishops who killed under the country’s Communist regime between 1950 and 1970.  They are Valeriu Traian Frenţiu, Vasile Aftenie, Ioan Suciu, Tit Liviu Chinezu, Ioan Bălan, Alessandru Rusu and Iuliu Hossu.
A separate decree recognized the martyrdom of Italian PIME missionary Father Alfredo Cremonesi.  He was born on May 16, 1902, and killed in the village of Donoku , Myanmar, on February 7, 1953. 
Following the withdrawal of Japanese troops at the end of World War II from what was then called Burma, Fr. Cremonesi became a victim of the conflict between government troops and the Karen rebels.  He and his Christians were suspected of backing the rebels.  Fr. Cremonesi tried to convince the government forces they were neither rebels nor their sympathizers.  But before he could finish explaining, he and the village chief were gunned down. Fr. Cremonesi was immediately invoked as a "martyr" for giving his life for his flock.  
5 Venerable Servants of God
Five other decrees recognized the heroic virtues of the following:
Italian diocesan priest Father Francesco Maria Di Francia, founder of the Congregation of the Capuchin Sisters of the Sacred Heart.  He was born in Messina on February 19, 1853, and died in Roccalumera (Italy) on December 22, 1913.
Italian nun Sister Maria Hueber, foundress of the Congregation of the Tertiary Sisters of St. Francis.  She was born in Bressanone (Italy today) on May 22, 1653, and died there on July 31, 1705.
Italian nun Sister Maria Teresa Camera, foundress of the Congregation of the Daughters of Our Lady of Mercy.  She was born in Ovada (Italy) on October 8, 1818, and died there on March 24, 1894.
Italian nun Sister Maria Teresa Gabrieli, co-foundress of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Poor Women - Palazzolo Institute.  She was born in Bergamo (Italy) on September 13, 1837, and died there on February 6, 1908.
Italian nun Sister Giovanna Francesca dello Spirito Santo (born Luisa Ferrari), foundress of the Institute of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Incarnate Word; born in Reggio Emilia (Italy) on September 14, 1888, and died in Fiesole (Italy) on December 21, 1984.
Title: Re: A New Saint?
Post by: poche on April 08, 2019, 11:24:50 PM
On 6 April 2019, the Holy Father Francis received in audience His Eminence Cardinal Angelo Becciu, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. During the audience, the Supreme Pontiff authorized the Congregation to promulgate the decrees regarding:
- the miracle attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God Donizetti Tavares de Lima, diocesan priest; born on 3 January 1882 in Cássia, Brazil, and died on 16 June 1961 in Tambaú, Brazil;
- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Carlo Cavina, diocesan priest, founder of the Congregation of the Daughters of Saint Francis de Sales; born in Castel Bolognese, Italy on 29 August and died on 15 September 1880 in Lugo, Italy;
- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Raffaele da Sant’Elia a Pianisi (born Domenico Petruccelli), professed priest of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin; born in Sant’Elia a Pianisi, Italy on 14 December 1816 and died there on 6 January 1901;
- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Damiano da Bozzano (born Pio Giannotti), professed priest of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin; born in Bozzano, Italy on 5 November 1898 and died in Recife, Brazil on 31 May 1997;
- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Victorin Nymphas Arnaud Pagés (born Augustin), professed friar of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools; born in Onzillon, France on 7 September 1885 and died in San Juan de Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico on 16 April 1966;
- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Consolata Betrone (born Pierina Lorenzina Giovanna), professed religious of the Capuchin Poor Clares; born in Saluzzo, Italy on 6 April 1903 and died in Moriondo, Italy on 18 July 1946;
- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Nelson Santana, layperson; born in Ibitinga, Brazil on 31 July and died in Araraquara, Brazil on 24 December 1964;
- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Gaetana Tolomeo, known as “Nuccia”, layperson; born in Catanzaro, Italy on 10 April 1936 and died there on 24 January 1997.
Title: Re: A New Saint?
Post by: poche on April 24, 2019, 12:08:36 AM
An unassuming husband and father who carried the wounds of Christ for nearly two decades could be declared a saint in the not so distant future. Bishop John F. Doerfler of the Diocese of Marquette, Michigan, opened the cause for canonization in early November of last year for Irving C. “Francis” Houle.
“Everyone I spoke to about him unanimously spoke in witness to the holiness of his life,” Bishop Doerfler said. “The life of Irving Houle gives a good example of what a holy husband and father looks like. He laid down his life in loving service and sacrifice for others.” (
Title: Re: A New Saint?
Post by: poche on May 16, 2019, 01:08:03 AM
On 13 May 2019, the Holy Father Francis received in audience His Eminence Cardinal Angelo Becciu, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. During the audience, the Supreme Pontiff authorized the same Congregation to promulgate the Decrees regarding:
- the miracle, attributed to the intercession of Blessed Giuseppina Vannini (née Giuditta Adelaide Agata), founder of the Daughters of San Camillo; born in Rome, Italy on 7 July 1859 and died there on 23 February 1911;
- the miracle, attributed to the intercession of Blessed Dulce Lopes Pontes (née Maria Rita), of the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of the Mother of God; born in São Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, on 26 May 1914 and died there on 22 May 1992;
- the miracle, attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God Lucia of the Immaculate (née Maria Ripamonti), professed sister of the Institute of the Handmaids of Charity; born in Acquate, Italy on 26 May 1909 and died in Brescia, Italy on 4 July 1954;
- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Giovanni Battista Pinardi, titular bishop of Eudossiade and auxiliary bishop of Turin; born in Castagnole Piemonte, Italy on 15 August 1880 and died in Turin, Italy on 2 August 1962;
- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Carlo Salerio, priest of the Foreign Missions of Paris, founder of the Institute of the Sisters of Reparation; born in Milan, Italy on 22 March 1827 and died there on 29 September 1870;
- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Domenico Lázaro Castro, professed priest of the Society of Mary; born in San Adrian de Juarros, Spain, on 10 May 1877 and died in Madrid, Spain on 22 February 1935;
- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Salvador from Casca (né Hermínio Pinzetta), professed religious of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin; born in Casca, Brazil on 27 July 1911 and died in Flores da Cunha, Brazil, on 31 May 1972;
- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God María Eufrasia Iaconis (née Maria Giuseppina Amalia Sofia), founder of the Congregation of the Daughters of the Immaculate Conception; born in Casino di Calabria, now Castelsilano, Italy, on 18 November 1867 and died in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 2 August 1916. (
Title: Re: A New Saint?
Post by: poche on June 04, 2019, 11:00:58 PM
Iuliu Hossu
Romania was under Soviet occupation and ruled by Nicolae Ceausescu, when Iuliu Hossu returned there after completing his theology studies in Rome. He spent 22 years in prison. His last words were: "My battle is over, yours continues". He never knew that Pope Paul VI had created him a Cardinal "in pectore" in 1969.
Vasile Aftenie
Vasile Aftenie also studied in Rome. A year after his arrest he was transferred to the infamous Ministry of the Interior where he suffered terrible tortures and eventually died of his wounds in 1950.
Ioan Balan
In 1929 Ioan Balan was appointed to the Vatican Commission to draw up the new Code of Canon Law of the Eastern Churches. After his arrest in 1948, he was placed in solitary confinement and died in 1959 without ever being tried or sentenced.
Valeriu Traian Frentiu
Valeriu Traian Frentiu was ordained a bishop when he was only 37 years of age. Also arrested in 1948, he spent the rest of his life in a concentration camp. When he died in 1952, his body was thrown into an unmarked grave.
Ioan Suciu
Ioan Suciu was ordained a priest in 1931. He too died of hunger and disease while in prison. In his last letter to the faithful before his arrest, he wrote: “Do not be deceived by vain words, promises, lies... We cannot sell Christ or the Church”.
Tito Liviu Chinezu
Tito Liviu Chinezu was born in 1904. He was ordained a bishop in prison by those bishops who were themselves prisoners. When the secret of his ordination leaked out, he was transferred to a prison where he died of cold and hunger.
Alexandru Rusu
Alexandru Rusu was consecrated bishop in 1931. Arrested in 1948, he was sentenced to 25 years in prison for instigation and high treason. He died in 1963 and was buried in the prison cemetery without any religious rite.

These were the seven Greek Catholic bishops who were arrested and gave their lives for Christ.   
Title: Re: A New Saint?
Post by: poche on June 10, 2019, 08:08:19 AM
“Blessed Michał... is part of that long line of disciples of Christ who, like a red thread, runs through the history of the Church: God’s preference for the simple and the weak.
The Lord granted him the gift of knowledge of the mysteries of His Kingdom, in which our Blessed lived and which he guarded, becoming a convinced witness through his life. Although he came from a noble family, Michał was sacristan in the religious community entrusted to him. He kept order in the church of San Marcos, praised the Lord without interruption, carried out with docility the work he was asked to do, bravely bearing arrogance and contrariness. He led a simple and poor life. Although due to his origin he could have received the sacred orders, he chose to remain “small” as a lay brother, surrounded by the wall of the monastery, remaining united with the crucified Christ and the Blessed Virgin. And God, looking at the meekness of his heart, granted him while he was alive the gift of performing miracles and prophecies. He employed the talents he received to the benefit of others. His ways of practicing love of neighbour today are more relevant than ever: listening to the other, welcoming those who knock at the door, giving alms to the poor and comforting the afflicted.
God saves the world starting from here. Our Blessed walked the path of the first disciples of Jesus: they, simple and modest individuals, were chosen by the divine Master as apostles of the Kingdom. To them, He not only revealed His mystery, but also entrusted it to them so that they could manifest it to the world. Michał was a “little one” in accordance with the spirit of the Gospel. I was not looking for anything other than God Himself. The mystery of his existence lies precisely in God’s primacy: he entrusted everything to Him and was grateful to Him for everything. He did not worry about things considered great by the world, but rather directed his attention to what is most important, namely, the love of God and friendship with others.
To us today, who are overwhelmed by a thousand apparently important things, Blessed Michał teaches that the authentic greatness of people does not come from how much, but from how something is achieved. It is zeal and love that make our actions and tasks great, even the simplest ones. His testimony of life, characterized by the acceptance of his own physical limits and the union of his own suffering with that of the crucified Christ, today is good news for all those who, like him, are often relegated to the margins of society due to their physical inefficiency, advanced age or other limits. It is good news for all those who are afflicted by the negative experiences of life: who are unhappy, disappointed, discarded, who have lost the sense of their value. To them he indicates, with his own example of life, the source of true happiness, that is, trust in God and deep faith in Him, which helps one to accept daily crosses.
Our celebration of thanksgiving, even if it takes place in this royal city of Krakow, offers me a special opportunity to express feelings of gratitude to the Church in Lithuania, of which Blessed Michał Giedroyć is a faithful and illustrious son. He was born not far from Vilnius around the year 1420, just a few decades after the baptism of his native land. There he spent almost forty years of his life, before arriving in Krakow. He was a beautiful flower, one of the first, of the young Lithuanian Church, becoming a precious gift for the Polish land. The recent confirmation of worship, enjoyed since ancient times, is a great encouragement for the Church, here in Poland, and the Church in Lithuania, to continue walking together. His holiness, officially recognized and confirmed by the Church, constitutes a spiritual seal and a divine blessing for this particular bond.
I wish to emphasize again that this particular bond of faith and mutual collaboration between Poland and Lithuania is reinforced by the fact that today’s celebration ... happily coincides with the memory of another saint who accompanies the two peoples: Saint Jadwiga, Queen of Poland and Grand Duchess of Lithuania. In fact, today is the liturgical memory of that saint and the 22nd anniversary of her canonization by Saint John Paul II here in Krakow.
The mysterious fantasy of Divine Providence, through Blessed Michał and Saint Jadwiga, invites Poles and Lithuanians to renew, deepen and strengthen historical bonds, reinforced by faith in Him, He Who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. This is the message that Blessed Michael Giedroyc and Saint Jadwiga give us today: the greatness of the saints is also in their ability to overcome the narrow limits of nations and become “all in all” as Saint Paul said of himself. (
Title: Re: A New Saint?
Post by: poche on June 26, 2019, 12:07:15 AM
Editor's Note: Blessed María Carmen Lacaba Andía and her 13 companions belonged to the Franciscan Order of the Immaculate Conception. Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, celebrated the beatification Mass (video ( “Killed in hatred of the faith during the religious persecution between 1936 and 1939, these cloistered nuns, like the prudent virgins, awaited with heroic faith the arrival of the divine Spouse,” Pope Francis said ( following his June 23 Angelus address. “Their martyrdom is an invitation to all of us to be strong and steadfast, especially at the time of trial.” (
Title: Re: A New Saint?
Post by: poche on July 09, 2019, 11:28:09 PM
As Bonnie Engstrom watched lifesaving measures being taken for her son, who had been born just moments before without a pulse or drawing breath, she asked for help from the person whose prayerful support she had sought throughout her pregnancy: Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen.
After 61 minutes, just as emergency room personnel were about to pronounce him dead, James Fulton Engstrom began to breathe and his heart rate shot up to a normal level for a newborn. Despite dire prognoses for his future, the child has thrived and is now a healthy 8-year-old who likes chicken nuggets, “Star Wars” and riding his bicycle.
Those who have heard the story of the Washington, Illinois, boy call it a miracle, and Pope Francis has made it official. At a July 5 audience with Cardinal Angelo Becciu, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, the pope formally approved the miracle attributed to the intercession of Archbishop Sheen, moving him one step closer to beatification.
Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, of Peoria, Illinois, made the announcement “with overwhelming joy” early in the morning on July 6.
“It is truly amazing how God continues to work miracles,” Bishop Jenky said in a statement. “I am so grateful that the Vatican acted so quickly after last week’s transfer of Sheen’s remains from New York to the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Peoria.” (For the full text of the diocesan press release click here. (
Archbishop Sheen had been placed in a crypt below the main altar of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York after his death on Dec. 9, 1979. After protracted legal proceedings, his remains were brought to Peoria on June 27 at the request of his niece, Joan Sheen Cunningham, and now rest in a new marble tomb in the Peoria cathedral.
With the miracle confirmed, the Diocese of Peoria can formally begin planning for the beatification of Archbishop Sheen, according to the statement. It added that while the date for that is unknown, Bishop Jenky “hopes and prays” that it will be announced very soon.
In a recent interview with The Catholic Post, newspaper of the Diocese of Peoria, Bonnie Engstrom said God had allowed the miracle to happen for his honor and glory.
“I really don’t think it was given to us, for us,” she said. “I think it was given to the church, for the church.” (
Title: Re: A New Saint?
Post by: poche on July 25, 2019, 12:17:38 AM
The Vatican on Monday formally accepted a document summarizing evidence that the Rev. Edward J. Flanagan, who founded Omaha’s Boys Town, should be canonized a saint.
The act is a significant step in Flanagan’s cause for sainthood, said Deacon Tim McNeil, chancellor of the Archdiocese of Omaha. The document, called the Positio, was written by a Vatican official after he studied scores of records the archdiocese sent to Rome ( in 2015, McNeil said. The records were presented to show that Flanagan lived a life of heroic virtue.
The official decided that the cause for sainthood was worth backing and that he could write an argument for proceeding with it, McNeil said.

“He could have decided that he couldn’t support the cause, that there’s not anything here,” McNeil said.
If he had, the effort — which officially started in 2012 — would have effectively ended.
The Positio included a letter of support from Omaha Archbishop George Lucas, who met with the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in January to personally endorse acceptance of the Positio and the eventual beatification and canonization of Flanagan. The Boys Town founder has already been designated a Servant of God because his life and works are being considered for sainthood.


Undated photo of the Rev. Edward J. Flanagan at Boys Town.
The cause must now pass through three more phases before Flanagan can be declared venerable: It must be approved by historical consultants of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, then theological consultants, and finally all of the bishops and cardinals who are members of the congregation.

If the case for Flanagan’s heroic virtue survives all three stages, the Congregation will recommend that the pope declare him venerable. The next stage would be beatification, when Flanagan would be declared “blessed,” then finally, canonization, or sainthood. The last two steps require proof of a miracle that occurred through Flanagan’s intercession.
Members of the Omaha-based Father Flanagan League Society of Devotion, the group behind Father Flanagan’s cause, have been praying through Flanagan for those miracles for several years ( The group has 40,000 devotees spread across 20 countries.
“The archbishop’s visit to the Vatican speaks volumes to the importance of this cause for the Catholic Church,” the league’s president, Steven Wolf, said Monday in a press release. (
Title: Re: A New Saint?
Post by: poche on August 30, 2019, 11:53:08 PM
Darwin Ramos was a street child who lived in Manila (Philippines) who was afflicted with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. He died in his youth and in spite of his poverty and illness, he was a master of Joy for those who knew him. Since his death in 2012, his reputation for holiness has not diminished and his life has been an example to emulate for many Catholics. The opening of the cause for his beatification and canonization was requested in the diocese of Cubao (Philippines). More and more people ask his intercession and have testified to many favors received. (