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Vatican clears 28 for beatification

April 04, 2011

On April 2 the Congregation for the Causes of Saints released 13 decrees, moving 34 candidates closer to beatification.

The decrees--were authorized by Pope Benedict XVI at a private audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect of the Congregation--recognized miracles in the cases of 5 candidates for beatification; proclaimed the martyrdom of 23 people; and testified to the "heroic virtue" of 6 others, who are now eligible for beatification if a miracle is attributed to their intercession.

Miracles that were confirmed through the intercession of these 5 candidates, for whom beatification ceremonies may now be scheduled:

  • Serafino Morazzone (1747-1822), an Italian diocesan priest;
  • Clemente Vismara (1897-1988), an Italian PIME priest;
  • Elena Aiello (1895-1961), an Italian religious;
  • Maria Catalina Irigoyen Echegaray (1848-1918), a Spanish religious; and
  • Enrica Alfieri (1891-1951), an Italian religious.

The Congregation issued two decrees testifying to the martyrdom of:

  • Peter Adrian Toulorge (1757-1793), a French priest who was killed in the aftermath of the French Revolution; and
  • Francisco Esteban Lacal, a Spanish Oblate priest, and 21 companions; and Candido Castan San Jose, a Spanish layman, all of whom were killed in Spain in 1936.

Finally the Congregation for the Causes of Saints announced that these candidates have been found to have exhibited heroic virtue:

  • Thomas Kurialacherry (1873-1925), an Indian bishop;
  • Adolphe Chatillon (1871-1929), a Canadian religious brother;
  • Maria Chiara of St. Teresa of the Child Jesus (1909-1948), an Italian religious;
  • Maria Dolores Inglese (1866-1928), an Italian religious;
  • Irene Stefani (1891-1930), an Italian religious; and
  • Bernhard Lehner (1930-1944), a German layman.


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