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Pope proclaims 19 new saints
Herald Sun ^ | 21 December 2005

Posted on 12/20/2005 3:01:37 PM PST by Aussie Dasher

POPE Benedict XVI has authorised the proclamation of 19 new saints and blesseds, the first such decree of his papacy which began in late April.

The list named two future saints, a Polish priest from the 15th century and an Italian nun from the 16th century. The number of blesseds included nine Italians, three Germans, three Spaniards, a Dutchman and an Indian. The Indian priest, Agostino Thevarparampil, who died in 1973, was the most recent person to be named a blessed. Thirteen others were also from the 20th century.

The process of recognising the saints and blesseds, either for their heroic actions or martyrdom or intercession in a miracle, was begun by the late John Paul II, who died on April 2.

During his papacy, John Paul II canonised 482 saints and beatified 1338.

Benedict has confirmed all the sainthoods and beatifications begun by the late pope, with one exception. Earlier this year, he cancelled the expected beatification of a Frenchman, Leon Dehon (1843-1925), a Catholic social thinker whose anti-Semitic writings had initially escaped the notice of the review commission.

Benedict has already launched the process of beatification for John Paul II, bypassing the canon law that traditionally requires waiting five years after a candidate's death to open the process.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: beatification; benedictxvi; pope; rome; saints; vatican
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1 posted on 12/20/2005 3:01:37 PM PST by Aussie Dasher
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To: Aussie Dasher

So nine Italians, three Germans, three Spaniards, a Dutchman and an Indian walk into a bar...


2 posted on 12/20/2005 3:02:39 PM PST by thoughtomator (Congrats Iraq!)
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To: Aussie Dasher
"he cancelled the expected beatification of a Frenchman, Leon Dehon (1843-1925), a Catholic social thinker whose anti-Semitic writings had initially escaped the notice of the review commission."

OOPS!!! LOL!

3 posted on 12/20/2005 3:05:17 PM PST by BossLady
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To: thoughtomator

I take it I missed the cut....again?


4 posted on 12/20/2005 3:05:44 PM PST by randog (What the....?!)
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To: randog
I take it I missed the cut....again?

Yeah it's the face that you are still living that DQ'd you :)
5 posted on 12/20/2005 3:07:09 PM PST by MikefromOhio
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To: randog

You must be a couple of miracles short :)


6 posted on 12/20/2005 3:07:21 PM PST by scottinoc
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To: Aussie Dasher

I wonder who was the Devil's Advocate who screwed up in the case of Leon Dehon? Someone is supposed to comb through all the extant evidence, life and writings, looking for any negative evidence after the point of conversion. (E.g., Augustine was a big-time sinner before his conversion, but that doesn't count.)

Antisemitism seems like a big thing to have escaped the investigators. I'm tempted to say, typical French.


7 posted on 12/20/2005 3:13:55 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Aussie Dasher

I'm a saint...at least according to scripture. I didn't need the pope to recognize me as such though. Good thing it doesn't work that way.


8 posted on 12/20/2005 3:14:40 PM PST by highlander_UW (I don't know what my future holds, but I know Who holds my future)
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To: Cicero

Yeah, if anyone will try to con you, it'll be a Frog!


9 posted on 12/20/2005 3:15:39 PM PST by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: randog

Nonsense! It just wasn't reported, St.Randog!

Patron Saint of Freepers?


10 posted on 12/20/2005 3:17:22 PM PST by presently no screen name
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To: Aussie Dasher
Pope proclaims 19 new saints

It is a good start, they need a quarterback, an offensive line, and to replace half the defense.

11 posted on 12/20/2005 3:17:40 PM PST by Diddle E. Squat
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To: randog
I take it I missed the cut....again?

I think there's something in the Bible about the 'great and small alike'. Small is beautiful.

Actually, unless your email address is at GreatBeyond.org, it's still possible you can make it to great.

12 posted on 12/20/2005 3:25:58 PM PST by siunevada (If we learn nothing from history, what's the point of having one? - Peggy Hill)
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To: highlander_UW
I'm a saint...at least according to scripture. I didn't need the pope to recognize me as such though. Good thing it doesn't work that way.

Tell me do you have any friends or colleagues who are especially noteworthy for their goodness or - dare we say it - saintliness? Have you ever spoken highly of such a person to others and praise them for their good qualities? Have you recommended such persons as examples for others to emulate? If so, you are really doing not much more than the Church is doing in that it establishes role models for Catholics to follow and to aspire to. Certainly there are those who are saints but who are not cannonized. There is nothing in Church teaching that states that cannonization creates a definitive list of the worthy. So you may indeed be a saint in the eyes of God.

13 posted on 12/20/2005 3:28:05 PM PST by PMCarey
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To: Diddle E. Squat

Pope proclaims 19 new saints

"It is a good start, they need a quarterback, an offensive line, and to replace half the defense."

Excellent!:)


14 posted on 12/20/2005 3:49:57 PM PST by Mila
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To: Diddle E. Squat

And they need to put a new roof on the stadium.


15 posted on 12/20/2005 3:52:25 PM PST by RichInOC ("The coffee is strong at Cafe du Monde, the doughnuts are too hot to touch..." Save the Big Greasy!)
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To: scottinoc

Contributing to FR after his death counts as one, I'm sure...


16 posted on 12/20/2005 3:56:07 PM PST by dangus
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To: highlander_UW
I [don't] need the pope to recognize me as such though. Good thing it doesn't work that way.

The Pope would agree with you on that much. Not all saints are canonized...

17 posted on 12/20/2005 3:58:00 PM PST by The Old Hoosier (Right makes might.)
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To: PMCarey
If so, you are really doing not much more than the Church is doing in that it establishes role models for Catholics to follow and to aspire to.

Ah, but being a saint in Catholocism means so much more. Note how saints can be prayed to in Catholocism. Someone who merely appoints noteworthy people as excellent role models is not encouraging that level of admiration. So, the previous poster is "not doing much more", but is rather doing much less--as it should be.

18 posted on 12/20/2005 3:58:44 PM PST by Seņor Zorro ("The ability to speak does not make you intelligent"--Qui-Gon Jinn)
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To: Aussie Dasher
I find myself walking out often ...but, by faith in Jesus, am most definitely one of the Saints that will come marching In.
19 posted on 12/20/2005 4:01:13 PM PST by DainBramage
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To: kstewskis; Petronski; fortunecookie; cyborg

Benedict has already launched the process of beatification for John Paul II, bypassing the canon law that traditionally requires waiting five years after a candidate's death to open the process.




A merry, blessed, light-filled Christmas to all.


20 posted on 12/20/2005 4:05:36 PM PST by onyx (Merry Christmas everybody.)
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