Vatican moves 13 candidates closer to beatification, canonization
CWN - January 17, 2011
With a series of nine decrees, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints has advanced the causes of 13 candidates for canonization or beatification.
At a private audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect of the Congregation, on January 14, Pope Benedict XVI authorized the release of the decrees, which authenticated three miracles, recognized five martyrs, and attested to the “heroic virtue” of five candidates for beatification.
In addition to recognizing the authenticity of a miracle through the intercession of Venerable John Paul II (1920-2005), the Vatican declared the validity of miracles attributed to the intercession of
The Vatican decrees also proclaimed the martyrdom of the following, all of whom may now be beatified:
The five were religious of the Institute of Daughters of Divine Charity; all were martyred by Serbian Chetniks in what is now Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1941.
Finally the Congregation recognized the “heroic virtue” that was evident in the lives of five others, including an American priest. The five, who now have the title of “venerable,” will be eligible for beatification if a miracle is attributed to their intercession.
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