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Seven candidates move closer to beatification

July 09, 2014

The Congregation for the Causes of Saints has released a series of decrees testifying to the “heroic virtue” of seven people, who will now be eligible for beatification if a miracle is certified through their intercession.

The decrees--by Pope Francis on July 8 during private audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect of the Congregation—are for:

  1. Antonio Ferreira Vicoso (1787-1875), a Portuguese bishop;
  2. Saturnino Lopez Novoa (1830-1905), a Spanish priest;
  3. Joseph-Auguste Arribat (1879-1963), a French Salesian priest;
  4. Mary Veronica of the Passion (born Sophie Leeves), a British Carmelite;
  5. Elena da Persico (1869-1948), the Italian lay foundress of the Secular Institute of the Daughters of the Queen of the Apostles;
  6. Gaetana of the Blessed Sacrament (nee Carlotta Fontana), an Italian religious; and
  7. Marcello Candia (1916-1983), an Italian layman.


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