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Paul VI to be beatified in October; 4 other sainthood causes advance

May 12, 2014

In an audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Pope Francis approved the publication of a decree on a miracle attributed to the intercession of Pope Paul VI (1897-1978).

The approval clears the way for his beatification, which will take place on October 19, at the conclusion of the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family.

Pope Francis also approved the publication of a decree on a miracle attributed to the intercession of Father Luigi Caburlotto (1817-97), a Venetian priest who founded the Institute of the Daughters of St. Joseph. St. John Paul II declared him venerable in 1994.

In addition, Pope Francis approved the publication of decrees on the heroic virtues of Father Giacomo Abbondo (1720-88), an Italian diocesan priest; Father Giacinto Alegre Pujals (1874-1930), a Spanish Jesuit; and Carla Barbara Colchen Carré de Malberg (1829-91), a French wife and mother who founded a religious community, the Society of the Daughters of St. Francis de Sales, after the death of her four children. The three servants of God may now be called “venerable.”


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  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - May. 12, 2014 7:06 PM ET USA

    So when is the very saintly Pope Pius XII going to be canonized?

  • Posted by: koinonia - May. 12, 2014 4:50 PM ET USA

    "Saints should always be judged guilty until they are proved innocent."-George Orwell. (Brainy quotes). While the words ought not be afforded an undue relevance to the Church's canonization process, nor ought its author be unduly apotheosized; they do merit consideration. There's another saying: "Where there's a will, there's a way." But Orwell's has a nice ring to it. After all it was none other than the Roman Catholic Church that once created a "devil's advocate." Pray for our Church.