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Vatican approval of miracle paves way for beatification of American nun

Catholic World News - December 20, 2013

During a December 17 audience in which he canonized Peter Faber (1506-46), Pope Francis approved a decree attributing a miracle to the intercession of a New Jersey nun, thus paving the way for her beatification.

According to the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth, Venerable Miriam Teresa Demjanovich (1901-27) is a candidate for sainthood “because of her saintly life, her striving for perfection in her religious life, her spiritual writings, the mystical privileges accorded her by God during life, and the favors received by others after her death through her intercession with God.”

St. Peter Faber is the third saint canonized since 2012 by “equivalent canonization,” a process established by Pope Benedict XIV (1740-58) in which a Pope extends a blessed’s liturgical cult to the universal Church, thus bypassing more typical judicial procedures.

Pope Benedict XVI canonized St. Hildegard of Bingen by equivalent canonization in May 2012, and Pope Francis did the same for St. Angela of Foligno in October. Other saints who have been canonized in this manner through the centuries include St. Bruno, St. Margaret of Scotland, St. Stephen of Hungary, and St. Wenceslaus.

During the December 18 audience, Pope Francis also approved the decrees on the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Emanuele Herranz Estables (1880-1968), a Spanish diocesan priest who founded the Religious Handmaids of Our Lady of Sorrows (1880-1968), and the Servant of God Jerzy Ciesielski (1929-70), a Polish layman. These men may now be honored with the title “Venerable.”

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