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Vatican confirms miracles, martyrdoms

December 10, 2010

The Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints has approved the authenticity of a miracle through the intercession of Blessed Guido Maria Conforti (1865- 1931), clearing the way for the canonization of the Italian archbishop.

In a series of decrees released on December 10, with the approval of Pope Benedict XVI, the Congregation also approved miracles attributed to 4 candidates, and confirmed the martyrdom of 7 others—thus making all 11 eligible for beatification.

The Congregation also certified the “heroic virtue” practiced by 4 candidates, who are now eligible for beatification if a miracle is attributed to their intercession.

The decrees issued on December 10 attested to miracles miracles through the intercession of:

  • Blessed Guido Maria Conforti (1865- 1931), the Italian prelate;
  • Francesco Paleari (1863- 1939), an Italian priest;
  • Anna Maria Janer Anglarill (1800- 1885), a Spanish religious;
  • Marie Clare of the Child Jesus (born Libania do Carmo Galvao Meixo de Moura Telles e Albuquerque) (1843- 1899), a Portuguese religious; and
  • Dulce (born Maria Rita Lopes) Pontes (1914- 1992), a Brazilian religious.

The Congregation attested to the martyrdom of:

  • Alois Andritzki (1914- 1943), a German priest who died at Dachau;
  • José Nadal y Guiu (1911-1936) and José Jordan y Blecua (1906-1936), Spanish priests who were killed during religious persecution in that country; and
  • Antonio (born Miguel Faundez) Lopez (1907- 1936), Bonaventura (born Baltasar Mariano) Munoz Martinez (1912- 1936), Pedro Sanchez Barba (1895-1936), and Fulgencio Martinez Garcia (1911-1936), Spanish Franciscan priests who also died during the religious persecution in Spain.
Finally the Congregation proclaimed the heroic virtue of:
  • Antonio Palladino (1881-1926), an Italian priest;
  • Bechara (born Selim) Abou-Mourad (1853-1930), a Lebanese Melkite religious;
  • Maria Elisa Andreoli (1861-1935), an Italian religious; and
  • Maria Pilar of the Sacred Heart (born Maria Pilar Solsona) Lamban (1881-1966), a Spanish religious.


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