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Nine candidates move toward canonization, beatification

December 09, 2008

On Saturday, December 6, the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints issued a series of decrees advancing the causes of 6 candidates for canonization and 3 candidates for beatification.

Archbishop Angelo Amato, the prefect of the Congregation, met with Pope Benedict XVI and received the papal authorization to issue the decrees, which recognized the validity of miracles attributed to the intercession of 6 candidates, and recognized the "heroic virtue" of the 3 others.

The miracles were attributed to the intercession of the following, who have already been beatified and are now qualified for canonization:

  1. Blessed Zygmunt Szczesny Felinski (1822-1895), a Polish bishop;
  2. Blessed Arcangelo Tadini (1846-1912), an Italian priest;
  3. Blessed Francesc Coll y Guitart (1812-1875), a Spanish Dominican priest;
  4. Blessed Rafael Arnaiz Baron(1911-1938), a Spanish Cistercian friar;
  5. Blessed Mary of the Cross (nee Jeanne) Jugan (1792-1879), the French foundress of the Congregation of the Little Sisters of the Poor; and
  6. Blessed Caterina Volpicelli (1839-1894), the Italian foundress of the Institute of Handmaidens of the Sacred Heart.

The following were proclaimed to have demonstrated "heroic virtue" in their lives, and may now be beatified if miracles are attributed to their intercession:

  1. Giacinto Bianchi (1835-1914), an Italian priest;
  2. Andreas (ne Jan) Van Den Boer (1841-1917), a Dutch religious; and
  3. Marie Clare of the Child Jesus (nee Libania do Carmo) Galvao Meixa de Moura Telles e Albuquerque (1843-1899), a Portuguese religious.

     


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