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3 sainthood causes advance

May 10, 2016

In a May 9 audience with the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Pope Francis approved the publication of decrees that advance three sainthood causes.

In approving separate decrees on miracles attributed to the intercession of Blessed Lodovico Pavoni and Blessed Solomon Leclercq, the Pontiff has paved the way for their canonizations.

Blessed Lodovico Pavoni (1784-1849), a diocesan priest, ministered in Brescia, Italy, and founded the Sons of Mary Immaculate. He was declared venerable in 1942 and beatified in 2002.

Blessed Solomon Leclercq (1745-92), a member of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, was martyred during the French Revolution and beatified in 1926.

Pope Francis also approved a decree on the heroic virtues of Father Rafael Almansa (1840-1927), a Colombian diocesan priest who joined the Franciscan order. He may now be honored with the title “venerable.”


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