$32,232 to go to meet our Challenge Grant, by December 1st. Your gift now will count twice!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Vatican advances candidates toward beatification

Catholic World News - June 28, 2012

The Congregation for the Causes of Saints has released a series of decrees advancing the causes of candidates for beatification and canonization.

Among the more notable cases, the Vatican announced that Archbishop Fulton Sheen, the American prelate famed for his television preaching, demonstrated heroic virtue. [See today’s separate CWN headline story.] The Congregation made the same announcement regarding Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, the successor to Saint Josemaria Escriva as head of Opus Dei, who led the lay movement when it was established as a personal prelature. Each will now be eligible for beatification is a miracle is attributed to his intercession.

Two others advancing toward beatification were women religious who worked in North America: one in Quebec and the other in New York. And the Vatican proclaimed the martyrdom of a priest who was murdered in Sicily after speaking out forcefully against the Mafia.

Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, released a full list of decrees after a June 28 audience with Pope Benedict XVI.

The Congregation confirmed miracles attributed to the intercession of Luca Passi (1789-1866), an Italian priest; and Francesca de Paula de Jesus (1808-1895), a Brazilian laywoman. The Vatican will now schedule their beatifications.

The Congregation proclaimed as martyrs the following candidates, who are also qualified for beatification:

Finally the Congregation attested to the heroic virtue of the following candidates, who now hold the title “venerable”:

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($116,671 to go):
$150,000.00 $33,328.98
78% 22%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Putting Our Best Foot Forward 1 hours ago
Contentious Spirits, Beware! 24 hours ago
And here's another very old story: the secular media don't understand Catholic affairs October 29
How not to be persuasive October 29
Francis the Man, Francis the Pope October 28

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6