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  • Catholic Caucus: Beatification cause opened for Brazil's 'Surfer Angel' Guido Schaffer

    04/30/2015 6:33:31 PM PDT · by Coleus
    cna ^ | Nov 12, 2014
    Guido Schaffer, a Brazilian seminarian who drowned while surfing in 2009 and whose cause for beatification has been opened. Photo courtesty of guidoschaffer.com.br Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Nov 12, 2014 / 01:24 pm (CNA).- The Congregation for the Causes of Saints has approved the cause of beatification of Guido Schaffer, who was a Brazilian seminarian known as the “Anjo Surfista,” or “Surfer Angel.” The Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro will now establish a tribunal to handle the cause. The archdiocese requested approval of the cause in May by sending the Vatican numerous documents on the life of Schaffer “to...
  • New Jersey nun credited with curing boy beatified

    10/04/2014 8:17:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    NEWARK, N.J. – A New Jersey nun credited with curing a boy's eye disease moved a step closer to sainthood Saturday in what church officials said was the first beatification Mass held in the United States. A beatification Mass for Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovich, who died in 1927, was led by Cardinal Angelo Amato at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark. Beatification is the third in a four-step process toward sainthood....
  • Michael Brown Spent Last Weeks Grappling With Problems and Promise

    08/25/2014 2:22:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 99 replies
    The New York Times ^ | August 24, 2014 | John Eligon
    FERGUSON, Mo. — It was 1 a.m. and Michael Brown Jr. called his father, his voice trembling. He had seen something overpowering. In the thick gray clouds that lingered from a passing storm this past June, he made out an angel. And he saw Satan chasing the angel and the angel running into the face of God. Mr. Brown was a prankster, so his father and stepmother chuckled at first. “No, no, Dad! No!” the elder Mr. Brown remembered his son protesting. “I’m serious.” And the black teenager from this suburb of St. Louis, who had just graduated from high...
  • Pope approves miracle attributed to American nun

    12/18/2013 3:30:57 PM PST · by NYer · 44 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | December 18, 2013
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has approved the attribution a miraculous healing to the intercession of a young American nun, opening the way to her beatification. Born and raised in New Jersey, Miriam Teresa Demjanovich (1901-1927) entered the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth in 1926 and died one year later, taking her religious vows one month before her death.The miracle that opens the way for the beatification of Miriam Teresa Demjanovich involves the restoration of perfect vision to a boy who had gone legally blind because of macular degeneration. Silvia Correale, the postulator for Sr Teresa’s cause in Rome, said...
  • Germans celebrate beatification of priest who defied Nazis, perished in Dachau

    05/16/2011 2:28:41 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 3 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 15 20011 | Associated Press
    BERLIN — Germans in Pope Benedict XVI’s home state of Bavaria celebrated Sunday the beatification ceremony of a priest who was honored for practicing his Roman Catholic faith in defiance of the Nazis. The pope, who grew up in Bavaria, sent Cardinal Angelo Amato from the Vatican to celebrate the beatification Mass for Georg Haefner in Wuerzburg Cathedral, the DAPD news agency reported.
  • Pope beatifies John Paul II before 1.5M faithful

    05/01/2011 12:53:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    ABC Phoenix ^ | May 1, 2011
    VATICAN CITY - Some 1.5 million pilgrims flooded Rome Sunday to watch Pope John Paul II move a step closer to sainthood in one of the largest Vatican Masses in history, an outpouring of adoration for a beloved and historic figure after years marred by church scandal. The turnout for the beatification far exceeded even the most optimistic expectation of 1 million people, the number Rome city officials predicted. For Catholics filling St. Peter's Square and streets and watching around the world, the beatification was a welcome hearkening back to the days when the pope was almost universally beloved....
  • Pope Vies With Prince For Public Eye

    04/26/2011 5:49:26 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 11 replies
    http://online.wsj.com/ ^ | April 26,2011 | Nathania Zevi
    VATICAN CITY—The May 1 beatification of the late Pope John Paul II is an occasion for the Holy See to bask in the aura of a pontiff widely seen as a modern Catholic hero. But a high-profile event involving another European institution, the House of Windsor, is stealing the Vatican's thunder. The wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in London on April 29, two days before the beatification ceremony, is dominating news coverage around the world, leaving less time for the late pope.
  • A John Paul II Beatification Catechism

    04/23/2011 6:16:25 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 4/23/2011 | George Weigel
    1. Has the beatification of John Paul II been a rush job, as some have charged? No one said that the beatification of Mother Teresa was rushed, despite the calumnies against her work and reputation promoted by Christopher Hitchens. This process hasn’t been “rushed” either. The only procedural exception Pope Benedict XVI made was the same exception John Paul II made for Mother Teresa: He allowed the investigation to begin without the normal five-year waiting period. The investigative process produced a massive, four-volume study that offers far more detail into the life and accomplishments of Karol Wojtyła, Pope John Paul...
  • Holy confusion? Beatification, canonization are different (Catholic Caucus)

    04/17/2011 1:39:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 1+ views
    cns ^ | April 15, 2011 | Cindy Wooden
    Pope Benedict XVI, seated at right, watches the Polish-produced documentary, "John Paul II: I Kept Looking For You," at the Vatican April 9. After watching the film about his predecessor, Pope Benedict said "John Paul II was a great contemplative and a great apostle." (CNS/L'Osservatore Romano) By Cindy WoodenCatholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The slight differences between a beatification and a canonization are easy to miss, especially when one pope beatifies another pope. Just three weeks before Pope Benedict XVI was to beatify Pope John Paul II, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments issued a...
  • Vatican announces Masses, Oct. 22 feast day for Blessed John Paul [Catholic Caucus]

    04/13/2011 2:14:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    cns ^ | April 11, 2011 | Cindy Wooden
    Pope John Paul II is seen in a promotional image for the Polish-produced documentary, "John Paul II: I Kept Looking For You." Pope Benedict XVI, who watched the film April 9 at the Vatican, called his predecessor "a great contemplative and a great apostle." (CNS/ARTRAMA) By Cindy WoodenCatholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The feast day of Blessed John Paul II will be marked Oct. 22 each year in Rome and the dioceses of Poland. When the Vatican made the announcement April 11, it also said Catholics throughout the world will have a year to celebrate a Mass...
  • Program For The Beatification Of John Paul II

    04/09/2011 6:41:21 AM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    EWTN ^ | April 5, 2011
    VATICAN CITY, 5 APR 2011 (VIS) - This morning, a conference was held at the Holy See Press Office to present the preparations and the program for the beatification of John Paul II. The speakers were Cardinal Agostino Vallini, vicar general for the diocese of Rome; Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J., director of Vatican Radio, the Vatican Television Centre (CTV) and the Holy See Press Office; Fr. Cesare Atuire, director general of Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi; Msgr. Marco Frisina, director of the Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Vicariate of Rome; and Fr. Walter Insero, director of the Office of Social Communications...
  • John Paul II being beatified for holiness, not his papacy, speakers say

    04/01/2011 3:50:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    cns ^ | April 1, 2011 | Cindy Wooden
    Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes, speaks at a conference about Pope John Paul II in Rome April 1. (CNS/Paul Haring) By Cindy WoodenCatholic News Service ROME (CNS) -- Pope John Paul II is being beatified not because of his impact on history or on the Catholic Church, but because of the way he lived the Christian virtues of faith, hope and love, said Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes. "Clearly his cause was put on the fast track, but the process was done carefully and meticulously, following the rules Pope...
  • Why I Believe the Beatification of John Paul II is a Mistake.

    03/25/2011 10:24:54 PM PDT · by Balt · 53 replies
    Master of Divinity ^ | 3/26/2011 | Rev. Fr. J. Michael venditti
    The Catholic Church has never been immune to political correctness, and there are many "sacred cows" in the Church today that one must never criticize: women, victims of sexual abuse, unionized Catholic school teachers, etc. One group we rarely think of, however, is recent popes. It seems that every pope we can remember in our life-times has to be the best pope ever! Even Pope Benedict—who comes closest my own idea of "the best pope ever"—is just a little too found of referring to his immediate predecessor as "The Great," an ancient title with a particular meaning, which usually takes...
  • John Paul the Great and the Denver World Youth Day "Miracle"

    03/12/2011 11:20:32 AM PST · by swissguard007 · 28 replies
    johnpaulmoments.com ^ | Randall J. Meissen
    When the Vatican announced that World Youth Day would be held in Denver in 1993, many news experts predicted that the event would be a failure. The United States, they said, was different than countries like Poland and Argentina, where previous World Youth Days had met great success. The United States, they claimed, lacked an entrenched tradition of Catholic pilgrimage, the traveling distances required to assemble a large gathering from across the country were too large, and most importantly American young people would simply be uninterested in the pope or his message. On August 10, 1993, stunned reporters crumpled their...
  • John Paul II and the value of silence, a reflection from johnpaulmoments.com

    03/09/2011 9:04:11 AM PST · by swissguard007
    johnpaulmoments.com ^ | March 2011 | Brother Randall Meissen
    Modern life is noisy... All too easily, gizmos and gadgets make themselves the masters of our daily routine. I-phones, i-pods, i-pads, and I-don’t-know-what-else are multiplying like rabbits. The consequences are strikingly visible among young people. During my time working in youth ministry, I have seen a generation of kids who are allergic to silence. They pop ear buds into their heads and zone out into their own world of customized ruckus. Others are addicted to different types of psychological noise, and like a nervous tick, show withdrawal symptoms when forbidden to send text messages on school property. John Paul II...
  • The John Paul II Generation Says "Thank You"

    02/23/2011 4:41:13 PM PST · by Headline Bistro · 1 replies
    Headline Bistro ^ | 2/22/11 | Knights of Columbus
    An Opportunity for the JPII Generation to Say “Thank You” Knights of Columbus to deliver letters in gratitude for Pope John Paul II at May 1 beatification With the beatification of John Paul II scheduled for May 1, HeadlineBistro.com is inviting the young people who grew up with him as pope – the members of the “JPII Generation” – to say “thank you” to the late Holy Father. From now until April 27, Headline Bistro, a popular news website for Catholics – and an initiative of the Knights of Columbus – is collecting written submissions from Catholic young adults who...
  • Pope John Paul II beatification events to last three days, all events free[Catholic Caucus]

    02/19/2011 3:16:14 PM PST · by NYer · 22 replies
    cna ^ | February 19, 2011
    Vatican City, Feb 18, 2011 / 04:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has released new details about the upcoming beatification of Pope John Paul II. The celebrations will run from April 30-May 2, with the beatification itself taking place on May 1. For most events, the Vatican said, no tickets will be required and all will be welcomed. The festivities will begin with a prayer vigil in the massive open field of the Circus Maximus - where ancient Romans once held chariot races -- on the evening of April 30. The vigil will be led by the diocese's vicar general,...
  • Lodging in Rome snapped up for John Paul II's beatification

    01/31/2011 1:29:50 PM PST · by NYer · 17 replies
    cna ^ | January 31, 2011
    Rome, Italy, Jan 31, 2011 / 02:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Rome is already bracing for the impact of the many pilgrims who will converge on St. Peter's for the May 1 beatification of Pope John Paul II.Sleeping space in religious communities across the city - around 15,000 beds - was booked up within a day of the Jan. 14 announcement. The Domus Aurelia hotel run by the Emmanuel Community has been reserved "since literally two minutes after the announcement," said Lorenzo Amico, who was working the hotel desk at the time. The hotel is located a short way from St....
  • John Paul II to be beatified by Pope Benedict XVI on the Feast of Divine Mercy

    01/15/2011 5:46:58 AM PST · by tcg · 25 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 1/15/11 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    On April 2, 2005 at 9:37 p.m. the Venerable Pope John Paul II died. In April of 2009 his beloved successor, Pope Benedict XVI, told Pilgrims gathered in Rome "With you, I pray for the gift of beatification". That prayer has been answered. Friday, January 14, 2011 the Holy See released the "Decree for the Beatification of the Servant of God John Paul II". ...The choice of the Feast of Divine Mercy, May 1, 2011 is not accidental. He had a deep devotion to his fellow Pole Sr. Faustina Kowalska and to the Divine Mercy devotion identified with her. ...Pope...
  • Worcester's Deacon Sullivan shares healing story

    12/06/2010 6:26:06 PM PST · by bd476 · 1 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | December 5, 2010 | By Margaret M. Russell
    Worcester's Deacon Sullivan shares healing story Worcester, Mass., Dec 5, 2010 / 01:08 pm (CNA). - St. Paul Society dinner-goers in Worcester, Mass. got a bit closer to Blessed John Henry Newman last month. Not only were the 90 people blessed by the diocese's Bishop Robert J. McManus using a relic of Cardinal Newman, but they were blessed by the presence of Deacon Jack Sullivan whose healing led to Cardinal Newman’s beatification this past September. Msgr. Thomas J. Sullivan, chancellor and director of the Office of Stewardship and Development, introduced Deacon Sullivan, recalling that the last time they were...
  • Chiara Luce Badano, 18, A Luminous Masterpiece! (Catholic Caucus)

    09/24/2010 1:24:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Catholic Pilgrim ^ | September 1, 2010 | Mary Anne D. Tolentino
    The Catholic lay Focolare movement will soon have its first beatified member. Chiara Badano, who died just 20 years ago while still a teenager, will be beatified Sept. 25 at the shrine of the Virgin of "Divine Love" (Rome - Castel di Leva) chaired by Archbishop Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.Who is Chiara Luce? Let us get to know more about her..... Sometimes we’d prefer that our lives be a different story than the one God seems to be writing.  In our fragile existence it doesn’t take much to turn a romance into a...
  • Two days of celebrations planned for soon-to-be blessed teenager

    09/23/2010 11:42:22 AM PDT · by NYer · 91 replies
    cna ^ | September 23, 2010
    Chiara "Luce" Badano Rome, Italy, Sep 23, 2010 / 11:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Chiara "Luce" Badano, who showed great faith during her short life, will be beatified this weekend. Her parents and thousands of young people from Italy and across the globe are expected in Rome to celebrate her life and holiness.Chiara was born in the town of Sassello, Italy in 1971. Brought up Catholic, she later became a member of the Focolare movement and, although stricken by bone cancer which paralyzed her legs and later took her life, lived the Gospel message, exuding a love for God and...
  • On the UK Trip

    09/22/2010 9:57:49 PM PDT · by ELS · 4 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | September 22, 2010 | Benedict XVI
    On the UK Trip "The Old Nations of Europe Have a Christian Soul" VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 22, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today at the general audience in St. Peter's Square. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, Today I would like to speak about my apostolic journey to the United Kingdom, which God enabled me to carry out over the past few days. It was an official visit and, at the same time, a pilgrimage to the heart of the history and the present of a people rich in culture and faith,...
  • Cardinal shares previously unpublished details about beatification of Fatima chlidren

    05/26/2010 4:27:08 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies · 240+ views
    CNA ^ | 5/26/2010
    Lisbon, Portugal, May 26, 2010 / 05:56 pm (CNA).- In an interview with L’Osservatore Romano, the prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, Portuguese Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, revealed a series of previously unpublished details about the beatification of the shepherd children of Fatima, such as the creation of a commission which concluded that the two children exercised heroic virtues. Cardinal Martins said the beatification of Jacinta and Francisco Marto, which took place 10 years ago this May, was “a historic event because they were the first children to be raised to the altars who...
  • JPII beatification process nearly complete, reveals personal secretary

    02/24/2010 7:37:30 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies · 197+ views
    cna ^ | February 23, 2010
    Venerable John Paul II La Paz, Bolivia, Feb 23, 2010 / 12:53 pm (CNA).- Archbishop of Krakow, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, who was John Paul II’s personal secretary for 40 years, told participants at a Colombian conference that the late-Pope's beatification process “is practically finished.” In Colombia, where Cardinal Dziwisz traveled to participate in a conference on the legacy of John Paul II, the cardinal remarked that the beatification process of the pilgrim Pope “is practically finished.”“In order for the beatification to take place, it is important that the Church recognizes a miracle in which he has interceded. There is...
  • Cause of Beatification of Empress Zita Opened

    12/14/2009 7:59:28 AM PST · by GonzoII · 7 replies · 609+ views
    NewLiturgicalMovement ^ | December 13, 2009 | Gregor Kollmorgen
    Many readers will rejoice - fittingly on this Gaudete Sunday - to learn that last Thursday, 10 December 2009, the Cause of Beatification of the Servant of God Zita, last Empress of Austria and wife of Blessed Emperor Charles, was solemnly opened by His Excellency Msgr. Yves Le Saux, Bishop of Le Mans, France. The process was opened in Le Mans, and not in the Swiss diocese of Chur, where the Empress died 20 years ago in 1989 in Zizers, with the consent of Msgr. Huonder, the Bishop of Chur, and the permission of the Congregation for the Causes of...
  • Spare Me The Beatification of Teddy Kennedy

    08/26/2009 10:25:26 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 19 replies · 1,168+ views
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | August 26, 2009
    Spare Me The Beatification of Teddy Kennedy By Adrian Michaels August 26th, 2009 I know it’s August but the television has been wall-to-wall Teddy Kennedy today. And I live in the UK. I can’t imagine how tiring the coverage must be in the States. The death of a longstanding public servant is certainly a moment worth noting. The senator was also, I grant, part of a very famous family. Some in Britain might miss that the Kennedys are as close to royalty as America gets. But Teddy Kennedy is not deserving of these tearful invocations to saintliness. He was a...
  • Step forward toward beatification of John Paul II?

    07/02/2009 1:23:51 PM PDT · by Pope Pius XII · 18 replies · 404+ views
    Catholic Culture ^ | July 02, 2009
    The cause for beatification of Pope John Paul II has moved a step forward, according to a report by Andrea Tornielli of the Italian daily newspaper Il Giornale. Tornielli-- who has accurately predicted several recent developments inside the Vatican-- says that theological consultors working with the Congregation for the Causes of Saints have delivered a positive verdict on the positio, the full case in favor of a pronouncement that the life of John Paul II was marked by "heroic virtue." The positio will now be forwarded to the full Congregation for the Causes of Saints for a vote later this...
  • Controversy erupts over letters between Pope John Paul, Wanda Poltawska (Delay in Beatification?)

    06/04/2009 11:56:22 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies · 928+ views
    Pope John Paul II’s closest aide is strongly criticizing Dr. Wanda Poltawska over her decision to publish five decades’ worth of private correspondence with the late Pontiff. Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow says that Dr. Poltawska-- a psychiatrist and concentration camp survivor-- is claiming “a special relationship where none existed” and that many others corresponded privately with Pope John Paul. Father Adam Boniecki, former editor of the Polish edition of L’Osservatore Romano, countered that Pope John Paul and Dr. Poltawska had a strong relationship, like that of a brother and sister-- akin to that of St. Francis de Sales and...
  • Pope John Paul's beatification delayed, Italian newspapers say

    06/01/2009 9:44:43 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies · 463+ views
    cns ^ | June 1, 2009 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The beatification of Pope John Paul II may be delayed as the Vatican seeks more documentation regarding his almost 27 years as pope, Italian newspapers reported in late May. According to the newspaper La Stampa, the chief holdup regards hundreds of letters he wrote before and after his election to Wanda Poltawska, a longtime friend and adviser to the pope. Meanwhile, the newspaper Il Giornale, reported that a commission of theologians meeting in mid-May decided the information contained in the official "positio," or position paper, was not complete enough. In particular, the newspaper cited the fact...
  • Archbishop Sheen's cause for beatification 'on track'

    04/24/2009 9:39:02 AM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies · 517+ views
    CNA ^ | April 24, 2009
    Archbishop Fulton Sheen Peoria, Ill., Apr 24, 2009 / 03:46 am (CNA).- The famous Catholic evangelist Archbishop Fulton Sheen's reputation for holiness and his impact on Catholics and non-Catholics alike has led to his cause for beatification being opened. Bill Engelbrecht, a member of the Archbishop Sheen Foundation’s board of directors, told CNA recently that the cause is progressing “quite well.”The foundation, Engelbrecht explained, is kept informed of the beatification cause’s progress in Rome, and it is “on track.” “The process is lengthy and it is undetermined. It can take from a few years to a few hundred years. It’s...
  • Mystery of cardinal's missing bones

    11/03/2008 8:31:33 AM PST · by NYer · 8 replies · 627+ views
    BBC ^ | October 29, 2008
    A forensic archaeologist has raised fresh questions over why no remains were found in the grave of an English cardinal in line to become a saint.It comes just days before artefacts owned by Cardinal John Henry Newman go on display ahead of his possible beatification.Tens of thousands of mourners lined the streets of Birmingham in 1890 as Cardinal John Henry Newman's body was carried eight miles to its final resting place. Some 118 years later the Vatican ordered his remains be dug up. Roman Catholic leaders in Birmingham were asked to exhume his body by the Vatican as part of...
  • Group says pope will weigh delay of Pius's beatification

    10/31/2008 6:19:15 PM PDT · by Publius804 · 4 replies · 227+ views
    www.iht.com ^ | October 31, 2008 | Rachel Donadio
    Group says pope will weigh delay of Pius's beatification By Rachel Donadio VATICAN CITY: Pope Benedict XVI told Jewish leaders on Thursday that he was "seriously considering" delaying the beatification of Pius XII, the pope during World War II, until the archives of his papacy had been opened, a participant at the meeting said. But the pope's spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said Benedict's response was not a "public commitment," according to The Associated Press. "You shouldn't read this response for beyond what it is," Father Lombardi said. "It is a polite, serious response. He always takes seriously what he...
  • Vatican fumes at Israeli minister's remarks on Nazi-era pope

    10/24/2008 7:21:46 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 56 replies · 715+ views
    www.haaretz.com ^ | 24/10/2008 | Adi Schwartz
    Vatican fumes at Israeli minister's remarks on Nazi-era pope By Adi Schwartz, Haaretz Correspondent and Staff Vatican officials are furious over Minister Isaac Herzog's statement in Thursday's Haaretz that the planned beatification of Pope Pius XII, who headed the Catholic Church during the Holocaust, is "unacceptable." Cardinal Andrea Lanza di Montezemolo told the Italian paper Corriere della Serra yesterday that "Israel's interference in the matter of Pius XII must stop. We've had it with this interference. Outside opinions are liable to disrupt [the process], and they look like an attempt to force Pope Benedict XVI to make a decision. The...
  • Saintly Role Models for Parents: St. Therese’s [Lisieux] Parents to be Beatified

    08/18/2008 9:11:51 PM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies · 163+ views
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | August 13th, 2008 | Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur
    Saintly Role Models for Parents: St. Therese’s Parents to be Beatified August 13th, 2008 by Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur St. Thérèse of Lisieux wrote of her parents, “God gave me a father and mother more worthy of Heaven than of earth.” Over a century later, the Catholic Church will officially confirm what St. Thérèse already knew. On July 11, 2008, it was announced that Louis and Zelie (Guerin) Martin would be beatified on Mission Sunday, October 19, 2008. They will become the first married couple to be beatified in the history of the Church. As such, they are saintly role models for married...
  • Chilean woman miraculously cured of brain paralysis is now pregnant

    08/01/2008 12:06:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies · 125+ views
    CNA ^ | August 1, 2008
    Maria Mercedes with her mother Santiago, Aug 1, 2008 / 10:23 am (CNA).- Maria Mercedes Correa Maldonado, a 23 year-old Chilean woman who in explicably “woke up” from cerebral palsy when she was 18, is now pregnant, in what could be the second miracle attributed to Italian seminarian Nicola D’Onofrio (1943-1964), whose cause of beatification is open in the Diocese of Rome.Maria Mercedes suffered from grave cerebral palsy but on a March afternoon on 2003, after her mother had incessantly prayed to the Italian seminarian for his intercession, she woke up in her hospital bed in Puataendo, sat up...
  • Catholic Officials Seek Permission to Exhume Cardinal Newman's Body

    07/19/2008 1:49:24 PM PDT · by kellynla · 5 replies · 128+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | Jul-16-2008 | Simon Caldwell
    LONDON (CNS) -- Catholic officials have applied for permission to exhume the body of a 19th-century cardinal whose cause for sainthood is expected to soon progress to beatification. They want to transfer the remains of Cardinal John Henry Newman from a grave in a small cemetery in the suburbs of Birmingham, England, to a marble sarcophagus in a church in the city where they can be venerated by pilgrims. A July 14 statement said that the Archdiocese of Birmingham was now in direct contact with the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice, Sir Suma Chakrabarti, to obtain the necessary...
  • Vatican delegation beatifies Lebanese priest

    06/23/2008 6:01:33 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 566+ views
    Daily Star ^ | June 23, 2008 | Anthony Elghossain
    BEIRUT: Miraculous, perhaps. Tens of thousands of Lebanese gathered in Martyrs Square in Downtown Beirut on Sunday to witness the beatification of Yaaqoub Haddad, the late Capuchin priest who gained fame for his prolific work in founding an order of nuns, expanding the Capuchin school network and conceiving or establishing a number of religious and social institutions, some of which have gained iconic status in Lebanon. Haddad, who died more than 50 years ago, took a step toward sainthood in the first beatification ever to take place outside the Vatican - and people flocked to the capital to observe the...
  • Beatification for Pope John Paul II next year? [OPEN]

    05/21/2008 3:15:02 PM PDT · by markomalley · 39 replies · 160+ views
    CWN ^ | 5/21/2008
    Krakow, May. 21, 2008 (CWNews.com) - A Polish newspaper has predicted that the beatification of Pope John Paul II will take place next year. Zycie Warszawy speculates that the late Pontiff could be beatified on April 2, the anniversary of his death, or on October 16, 2009, the anniversary of his election to the papacy. Earlier this month another Polish newspaer, Dziennik, had said that the beatification could take place on October 16 of this year, the 30th anniversary of John Paul's election. That prediction appeared unrealistic, since the cause for beatification of the late Pontiff still has several hurdles...
  • John Henry Cardinal Newman to be beatified

    04/24/2008 5:57:39 AM PDT · by NYer · 45 replies · 98+ views
    CNA ^ | April 23, 2008
    Cardinal John Henry Newman Vatican City, Apr 23, 2008 / 03:12 am (CNA).- The Vatican has approved the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman, the English convert and theologian who has had immense influence upon English-speaking Catholicism, the Birmingham Mail reports.John Henry Newman was born in 1801.  As an Anglican priest, he led the Oxford Movement that sought to return the Church of England to its Catholic roots.  His conversion to Catholicism in 1845 rocked Victorian England.  After becoming an Oratorian priest, he was involved in the establishment of the Birmingham Oratory.  He died in 1890 and is buried...
  • Sister Lucia's Beatification Process to Begin ( Pope Waves 5-Year Waiting Period)

    02/13/2008 4:39:50 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies · 269+ views
    ZNA ^ | February 13,2008
    VATICAN CITY, FEB. 13, 2008 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI announced he will dispense with the five-year waiting period established by Canon Law to open the cause of beatification of Sister Lucia, one of the three Fatima visionaries. The news was announced today in the cathedral of Coimbra, Portugal, by Cardinal José Saraiva Martins, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes, on the third anniversary of the Carmelite's death.The Holy Father dispensed with the established waiting period once before for the cause of Pope John Paul II. Benedict XVI made the announcement on May 13, the feast of Our Lady of Fatima,...
  • Man behind the University of Notre Dame beatified today (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    On April 28, 2006, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI approved the promulgation of the miracle attributed to the intercession of Father Basil Anthony Moreau (1799-1873), founder of the men and women’s congregations of Holy Cross. This promulgation prepares the way for the beatification that will take place in the diocese of Le Mans, France, on September 15, 2007. Father Basil Moreau’s cause for beatification was first introduced on the diocesan level in Le Mans, France, in 1946. However, it was not until 1955 that the cause was presented for consideration by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome....
  • Martyr Francesco Spoto Beatified in Palermo

    04/28/2007 12:22:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies · 359+ views
    Zenit ^ | April 27, 2007
    Italian Priest Was Killed in Congo PALERMO, Sicily, APRIL 27, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Blessed Francesco Spoto knew the value of life, and how to give it up for others, according to the current superior general of his congregation. Palermo native Father Spoto, the superior general of the Congregation of Missionary Servants of the Poor, was 40 years old when he was murdered by a group of Simba rebels in Congo in 1964. He was beatified last Saturday in his hometown. Cardinal Salvatore De Giorgi, retired archbishop of Palermo, was delegated by Benedict XVI to preside at the Mass. Archbishop Paolo Romeo...
  • Sainthood exam for John Paul II ends

    03/10/2007 6:30:11 AM PST · by NYer · 13 replies · 357+ views
    AP ^ | March 10, 2007
    The Rome diocese has wrapped up its examination of Pope John Paul II's virtues and life, an important step in the Catholic Church's process that could lead to sainthood for the late pontiff.Rome Cardinal Camillo Ruini said Saturday he had been informed that completion of work by the diocese on the cause for beatification and sainthood will be marked with a ceremony in St. John's Lateran Basilica on April 2 in the capital. The date is the second anniversary of John Paul's death.All pontiffs serve as bishop of Rome, and so the diocese examined "the life, virtues and reputation for...
  • Rome office inundated with requests for JPII prayer cards, relics

    03/03/2007 6:29:32 AM PST · by NYer · 1 replies · 291+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | March 2, 2007
    ROME (CNS) -- The Rome diocesan office charged with promoting the sainthood cause of Pope John Paul II has exceeded its postage budget because of increased requests for prayer cards and relics of the late pope. "We were getting about 50 requests a day, but overnight it grew to between 500 and 1,000 requests," a spokeswoman for the office said March 2. "We could not have foreseen this demand," she said. "It's an avalanche." Franciscan Brother Chris Gaffrey, who assists the office with English translations, told Catholic News Service that the vast majority of requests in late February and early...
  • Nun killed for sheltering Jews is beatified in Hungary

    09/18/2006 5:35:34 PM PDT · by xzins · 46 replies · 943+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 18 Sep 06 | Jonathan Luxmoore
    Nun killed for sheltering Jews is beatified in Hungary By Jonathan Luxmoore 9/18/2006 Catholic News Service OXFORD, England (CNS) – A nun executed for sheltering Jews during World War II was remembered for her feminine example of holiness during her beatification in Hungary. Advertisement Cardinal Peter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest, Hungary, said the martyrdom of Sister Sara Salkahazi of the Sisters of Social Service is "close to us, and her example is within our reach. She is someone of modest circumstances, who lived through the storms of 20th-century history and gave us an example of the feminine way to holiness." Sister...
  • Plan to Beatify Martyrs of Spanish Civil War Attacked

    07/17/2006 6:55:08 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 20 replies · 586+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 7/8/2006 | n/a
    Plan to beatify martyrs of Spanish civil war attackedThe Pope has provoked controversy with plans to beatify 168 Catholic martyrs of the Spanish civil war. Historians believe that about 10,000 priests, brothers, nuns and laity were killed during the civil war from 1936-39, as Leftists fighting to defend Spain's secular republic tried to wipe out what they saw as Catholic resistance. Beatification, a step towards sainthood, will help preserve the memory of those victims. But as Spain wrestles with conflicting versions of its history in the run up to the 70th anniversary of the start of the civil war next...
  • Pope Raising Standards for Beatification

    04/28/2006 5:43:15 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies · 306+ views
    Vatican, Apr. 27 (CWNews.com) - Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news) has called for tighter limits on the number of candidates for beatification, in a message to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. In a long letter to Cardinal José Saraiva Martins, the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Pope Benedict said that a cause should not be opened unless there is "a proven reputation for holiness." The Pope's letter was sent on April 24, as the Congregation opened its plenary meeting; the text was released by the Vatican on April 27. The Holy Father said...
  • Non-Catholics support John Paul II ( A Muslim is among those in favour of beatification)

    03/28/2006 6:01:01 AM PST · by NYer · 30 replies · 579+ views
    Ansa ^ | March 28, 2006
    Vatican City, March 28 - Non-believers and people of other religions are volunteering their testimony to Catholic officials working for the beatification of the late John Paul II .Procedures leading to the Polish pontiff's beatification began last summer and since then messages from people attesting to his saintliness have arrived from around the globe, Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls said ."They come from people who say they are agnostics, non-believers, even Muslims, Buddhists or Hindus. They say that they would like their testimony to be officially recognised by the Church," he said .Monsignor Slawomir Oder, the Polish priest overseeing John...
  • Pope proclaims 19 new saints

    12/20/2005 3:01:37 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 94 replies · 1,494+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 21 December 2005
    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...