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8 sainthood causes advance

June 13, 2014

In a June 12 audience with the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Pope Francis cleared the way for the beatification of a priest and a religious sister by approving the publication of decrees on miracles attributed to their intercession.

The two are Venerable Louis-Édouard Cestac (1801-68), a French diocesan priest who founded the Daughters of Mary, and Venerable Irene Stefani (1891-1930), an Italian missionary who served in Kenya.

The Pope approved decrees on the heroic virtues of six other servants of God, who may now be honored with the title “venerable”:

  • Father Luigi Savaré (1878-1949), an Italian diocesan priest;
  • Father Eugenio Reffo (1843-1925), an Italian priest who co-founded the Congregation of St. Joseph;
  • Mother Magdalen of the Sacred Heart (1832-1900), an English nun who founded the Poor Servants of the Mother of God;
  • Sister Giuseppa Scandola (1849-1903), an Italian missionary who served in what is now South Sudan;
  • Itala Mela (1904-57), an Italian Benedictine oblate; and
  • Uberto Mori (1926-89), an Italian layman, husband, and father of a family


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