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10 sainthood, beatification causes advance

January 22, 2016

In a January 21 audience with the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Pope Francis approved the publication of decrees that advance ten sainthood causes.

In approving separate decrees on miracles attributed to the intercession of Blessed Stanislaus Papczyński (1631-1701), Blessed Jose Gabriel del Rosario Brochero (1840-1914), and Blessed José Luis Sánchez del Río (1913-28), the Pontiff has paved the way for their canonizations.

Blessed Stanislaus of Jesus and Mary Papczyński founded the Congregation of Marian Fathers, also known as the Marians of the Immaculate Conception. Blessed Jose Gabriel del Rosario Brochero, who was beatified in 2013, was an Argentine priest who evangelized the poor and the sick and contracted leprosy. Blessed José Luis Sánchez del Río was martyred in Mexico before his fifteenth birthday.

Pope Francis also approved decrees on miracles attributed to two venerable servants of God, thus paving the way for their beatifications:

  • Father Francesco Maria Greco (1857-1931), an Italian priest who founded the Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts
  • Elisabetta Sanna (1788-1957), an Italian mother of seven who was widowed at age 37, became a Franciscan tertiary, and receive spiritual direction from St. Vincent Pallotti

In approving additional decrees of martyrdom, Pope Francis also prepared the way for the beatifications of Father Engelmar Unzeitig (1911-45), a priest who died in the Dachau concentration camp; Father Gennaro Fueyo Castañón and three lay companions, who were slain in 1936 in Spain; and Dom Justo Takayama (c. 1552-1615), a Japanese samurai who converted to the Catholic faith and martyred in the Philippines.

Finally, Pope Francis approved decrees on the heroic virtues of two servants of God, who may now be honored with the title “venerable.” Father Arsenio da Trigolo (1849-1909), an Italian Capuchin Franciscan friar, founded the Sisters of Maria Consolatrix, and Sister Maria Luisa of the Most Blessed Sacrament (1826-86), an Italian Franciscan, founded the Adoration Sisters of the Holy Cross.


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