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16 candidates move closer to beatification, canonization

March 29, 2010

With the approval of Pope Benedict XVI, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints has issued a series of decrees advancing the causes of 16 candidates for beatification or canonization.

The decrees:

  • Recognized a miracle through the intercession of Blessed Bonifacia Rodriguez Castro (1837-1905), a Spanish religious, thereby fulfilling the prerequisites for her canonization.
  • Recognized miracles through the intercession of 5 candidates who will now be eligible for beatification: Juan de Palafox y Mendoza (1600- 1659), a Spanish bishop; Maria Barbara of the Blessed Trinity (1818- 1874), an Austrian religious; Anna Maria Adorni (1805- 1893), an Italian religious; Mary of the Immaculate Conception (1926- 1998), a Spanish religious; and Stephen Nehme (1889- 1938), a Lebanese Maronite monk.
  • Recognized the martyrdom of three candidates, who are now eligible for beatification: Szilard Bogdanffy (1911- 1953), a Romanian bishop; Gerhard Hirschfelder (1907- 1942), a German priest; and Luigi Grozde (1923- 1943), a Slovenian layman.
  • Recognized the "heroic virtue" of 7 candidates, who will now be cleared for beatification if a miracle is confirmed through their intercession: Francesco Antonio Marcucci (1717- 1798), an Ialian archbishop; Ivan Franjo Gnidovec (1873-1939), a Slovenian bishop; Luigi Novarese (1914-1984), an Italian priest; Henriette DeLille (1813-1862), an American religious; Maria Theresia Bonzel (1830-1905), a German religious; Maria Frances of the Cross Streitel (1844-1911), a German religious; and Maria Felicia of Sacramental Jesus Echevarria (1925-1959), a Paraguayan religious.

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