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California bishop declared venerable; 8 other beatification causes advance

July 08, 2016

In a July 8 audience with the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Pope Francis approved the publication of decrees that advance nine beatification causes.

In approving a decree on a miracle attributed to the intercession of Ven. Louis Ormières (1809-90), a French priest who founded the Sisters of the Holy Guardian Angel, the Pontiff has paved the way for his beatification.

Pope Francis also approved two decrees of martyrdom, clearing the way for the beatification of:

  • Father Antonio Arribas Hortigüela, MSC (1908-36) and six companions, Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, killed in Seriñá, Catalonia (in Spain) during the Spanish Civil War
  • Josef Mayr-Nusser (1910-45), an Italian layman who was active in the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. A husband and father of a newborn son, he was drafted into Hitler’s army and refused to recite the oath to Hitler, dying en route to the Dachau concentration camp.

Finally, the Pope approved decrees on the heroic virtues of six servants of God, who may now be honored with the title “venerable”:

  • Auxiliary Bishop Alphonse Gallegos of Sacramento (1931-91), who was born in Albuquerque, ordained a priest of the Order of Augustinian Recollects in 1958, and ordained a bishop in 1981
  • Father Rafael Sánchez García (1911-73), a Spanish diocesan priest
  • Brother Andrés García Acosta (1800-53), a Franciscan who was born in Spain and died in Chile
  • Father Giuseppe (José) Marchetti (1869-96), an Italian Scalabrinian missionary priest who ministered in Brazil and co-founded the Missionaries of Charles Borromeo (the Scalabrinian Sisters) with his younger sister, Blessed Assunta Marchetti
  • Father Giacomo Viale (1830-1912), an Italian Franciscan who worked as a parish priest
  • Sister Maria Pia della Croce (Maddalena Notari) (1847-1919), the Italian foundress of a religious community devoted to Eucharistic adoration
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