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Posted on 12/21/2003 1:07:42 PM PST by Jake_the_Snake_Roberts
Vatican set to beatify emperor
The Pope recognised Charles I's "heroic virtues" last year Pope John Paul II is to beatify the last emperor of the Austro-Hungarian empire, Charles I, after recognising a miracle attributed to him. The Vatican gave no details, but the miracle was said to be related to the case of a Brazilian nun who was cured of a deadly disease.
Beatification is the penultimate step before sainthood. For actual sainthood, proof of another miracle is required.
Charles I sat on the throne of the now defunct empire between 1916 and 1918.
No date has been set for the beatification.
Last Habsburg ruler
"He (Charles I) served his people with justice and charity," said the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints on Saturday.
BEATIFICATION Beatification requires that a miracle has occurred Group approaches local bishop After Rome's approval an investigation is launched Findings are sent to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints Case is presented to the Pope Blessed may be accorded a feast day Relics of the candidate may be venerated Canonisation (Actual sainthood ) requires proof of a second miracle
"He sought peace, helped the poor, cultivated a spiritual life with commitment," the statement added.
The Vatican launched the emperor on the path to sainthood in April 2002, when Pope John Paul II formally recognised his "heroic virtues".
After that, Vatican experts sought to formally verify claims of the miracle.
The reported miracle happened when the Brazilian nun was cured of a deadly disease after praying for Charles I's beatification, the emperor's grandson George Habsburg told the Hungarian Catholic Uj Ember last year.
The last Habsburg emperor became heir to the throne after his uncle, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, was assassinated in Sarajevo in 1914 - an event that triggered World War I.
Charles I was unable to stop the disintegration of the Austro-Hungarian empire and abdicated in 1918.
He went into exile and died on the Portuguese island of Madeira in the Atlantic in 1922 at the age of 34.
The Beeb's breathtaking grasp of the obvious.
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to see this.
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Don't forget Russia's ally, France -- without whom she would not have moved . . .
For the longest time, Russian ambassadors were forbidden to offer respects at the playing of la Marseillaise because it had been the theme song of the regicides of the Revolution. But all that changed once the Russians decided that they would co-operate with the Jacobins against their former allies, Germany and Austria-Hungary.
The Crimean War should have demonstrated the true intentions of the English and French. Tsar Nicholas was far too trusting of these western scoundrels, and his trust was repaid by the refusal of the English to grant him asylum, even after Kaiser Wilhelm's government had agreed to give the Romanovs free passage through Germany after the revolution.
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