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NOTICE:  TWENTY-FOUR DECREES PROMULGATED

20 December 2012

     VATICAN CITY -  Today, 20 December 2012, Pope Benedict XVI received in a private audience Angelo Cardinal Amato, S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation of the Causes of the Saints. During the audience, the Holy Father authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate twenty-four decrees on miracles, martyrdoms, and heroic virtues.

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NOTICE:  SIXTEEN DECREES PROMULGATED

28 June 2012

     VATICAN CITY -  Today, 28 June 2012, Pope Benedict XVI received in a private audience Angelo Cardinal Amato, S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation of the Causes of the Saints. During the audience, the Holy Father authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate the following sixteen decrees on miracles, martyrdoms, and heroic virtues.

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NOTICE: SAINTS JOHN OF AVILA AND HILDEGARD OF BINGEN TO BE PROCLAIMED DOCTORS OF THE CHURCH

27 May 2012

     VATICAN CITY -  Today, 27 May, after celebrating Mass in the Vatican Basilica for the Solemnity of Pentecost, the Holy Father announced that on 07 October, at the start of the Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, he will proclaim Sts. JOHN OF AVILA and HILDEGARD OF BINGEN as Doctors of the Universal Church.

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NOTICE:  PROMULGATION OF DECREE ON MARTYRDOM

15 May 2012

     VATICAN CITY -  On 10 May 2012, Pope Benedict XVI authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate the decree recognizing the martyrdom of the Servant of God JOAN HUGUET CARDONA (1913-36), a young priest from the diocese of Minorca.

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NOTICE: EQUIPOLLENT CANONIZATION AND SEVENTEEN DECREES PROMULGATED

10 May 2012

     VATICAN CITY -  Today, 10 May 2012, Pope Benedict XVI received in a private audience Angelo Cardinal Amato, S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation of the Causes of the Saints. During the audience, the Holy Father authorized the extension of the liturgical cultus of Saint HILDEGARD OF BINGEN (1089-1179) to the universal Church,  as well as the promulgation of seventeen decrees on miracles, martyrdoms, and heroic virtues.

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NOTICE:  PROMULGATION OF DECREE ON HEROIC VIRTUES

14 March 2012

     VATICAN CITY -  Today, 14 March 2012, Pope Benedict XVI authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate the decree recognizing the heroic virtues of the Servant of God FÉLIX VARELA MORALES (1788-1853), priest of the diocese of San Cristóbal de la Habana.

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NOTICE: ORDINARY PUBLIC CONSISTORY

18 February 2012

     VATICAN CITY - At 10:30 a.m. this morning, Pope Benedict XVI celebrated the fourth ordinary public consistory of his pontificate, during which he created twenty-two new cardinals. Following the ceremony, Cardinal Angelo Amato, S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, introduced the ordinary public consistory for the canonization of seven Blesseds .

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NOTICE: TWENTY-THREE DECREES PROMULGATED

19 December 2011

     VATICAN CITY -  Today, 19 December 2011, Pope Benedict XVI received in a private audience Angelo Cardinal Amato, S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation of the Causes of the Saints. During the audience, the Holy Father authorized the Congregation to promulgate twenty-three decrees on miracles, martyrdoms, and heroic virtues.

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[Beginning today, the website will feature a regular catechesis to clarify confusing or contentious issues on the beatification and canonization process]

Q & A

2 November 2011

WHEN CAN SOMEONE BE CALLED “SERVANT OF GOD”?

     The title Servant of God” is used to refer to someone for whom a bishop or eparch has initiated a cause. As the Instruction Sanctorum Mater puts it, The Catholic whose cause of beatification and canonization has been initiated is called Servant of God” (art. 4 § 2) [see also William H. Woestman, ed., Canonization: Theology, History, Process (Ottawa: Faculty of Canon Law, Saint Paul University, 2002), 79].

SO, WHEN IS A CAUSE OF BEATIFICATION AND CANONIZATION INITIATED?

     The initiation of a cause occurs after the bishop has accepted the supplex libellus of the postulator or vice-postulator. From then on, the bishop refers to the departed Catholic as Servant of God” in his correspondence with the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and the episcopal or regional conference, as well as in decrees whereby he nominates the officials of the diocesan inquiry.

CAN WE SAY THAT SOMEONE IS “DECLARED” A SERVANT OF GOD?

     It has become commonplace, especially in press releases, to report that someone is “declared” a Servant of God. A declaration is a binding judgment wrought after a judicial process. Only the pope can declare a departed Catholic to be a Saint or a Blessed through a decree read during the canonization or beatification ceremony. A bishop simply bestows the title on a departed Catholic once he initiates his or her cause. If, however, the bishop permanently halts the inquiry after discovering a theological or moral impediment that prevents the cause from proceeding, the title is simply dropped from the name.

BUT ISN’T THE TITLE GIVEN ONLY AFTER THE CCS ISSUES THE DECREE “NIHIL OBSTAT”?

     There is a general misconception that the title is given only after the CCS issues the decree of “nihil obstat” for the cause. However, it is the competent bishop” who has the prerogative to bestow the title once he initiates the diocesan inquiry. He is the one who initiates the cause, not the CCS.


NOTICE: FIFTEEN DECREES PROMULGATED

27 June 2011

     VATICAN CITY -  Today, 27 June 2011, Pope Benedict XVI received in a private audience Angelo Cardinal Amato, S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation of the Causes of the Saints. During that audience, the Holy Father authorized the Congregation to promulgate the following fifteen decrees on miracles, martyrdoms, and heroic virtues.

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NOTICE: THIRTEEN DECREES PROMULGATED

02 April 2011

     VATICAN CITY -  Today, 02 April 2011, Pope Benedict XVI received in a private audience Angelo Cardinal Amato, S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation of the Causes of the Saints. During that audience, the Holy Father authorized the Congregation to promulgate the following thirteen decrees on miracles, martyrdoms, and heroic virtues.

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NOTICE: NINE DECREES PROMULGATED

14 January 2011

     VATICAN CITY -  Today, 14 January 2011, Pope Benedict XVI received in a private audience Angelo Cardinal Amato, S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation of the Causes of the Saints. During that audience, the Holy Father authorized the Congregation to promulgate the following nine decrees on miracles, martyrdom, and heroic virtues.

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NOTICE: TWELVE DECREES PROMULGATED

10 December 2010

     VATICAN CITY -  Today, 10 December 2010, Pope Benedict XVI received in a private audience Angelo Cardinal Amato, S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation of the Causes of the Saints. During that audience, the Holy Father authorized the Congregation to promulgate the following twelve decrees on miracles, martyrdoms, and heroic virtues.

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NOTICE: SIXTEEN DECREES PROMULGATED

01 July 2010

     VATICAN CITY -  Today, 01 July 2010, Pope Benedict XVI received Archbishop Angelo Amato, S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation of the Causes of the Saints, in a private audience. During that audience, the Holy Father authorized the Congregation to promulgate sixteen decrees on miracles, martyrdoms, and heroic virtues.

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UPDATE: CAUSES WITHOUT NIHIL OBSTAT AND NEW MARTYRS PAGE

28 April 2010

     Six beatification and canonization causes have been added to the website database. They include an Italian Comboni Missionary priest killed  for defending the rights of the indigenous Suruí people of Rondônia (Brazil); a Slovak diocesan priest who died in prison when the country was under Communist rule; a Hungarian diocesan priest who promoted the Eucharistic spirituality in Budapest; and two Polish Salvatorian Sisters killed by Red Army soldiers for upholding their vow of chastity. Click here to see the list.

     The Hagiography Circle is currently working on a new page that would preserve the memory of alleged martyrs of the faith who currently are not proposed for beatification and canonization. Honoring the memory of the martyrs of the second millennium was a summons of the Church as it prepared itself for the celebration of the Jubilee Year in 2000. Pope John Paul II wrote: “At the end of the second millennium, the Church has once again become a Church of martyrs. The persecutions of believers ― priests, Religious and laity ― has caused a great sowing of martyrdom in different parts of the world. The witness to Christ borne even to the shedding of blood has become a common inheritance of Catholics, Orthodox, Anglicans and Protestants. . . .  This witness must not be forgotten. . . . In our own century the martyrs have returned, many of them nameless, ‘unknown soldiers’ as it were of God’s great cause. As far as possible, their witness should not be lost to the Church. . . . The local Churches should do everything possible to ensure that the memory of those who have suffered martyrdom should be safeguarded, gathering the necessary documentation” (Tertio Millennio Adveniente, 37). During the last eight years, the Hagiography Circle had gathered lists of martyrs submitted by dioceses, religious congregations, and ecclesial associations to the now-defunct Commission on New Martyrs from 1994 to 2000. New names had been added by these to these lists since 2000.  The Circle continue to do further research into the lives and witness of these alleged martyrs in its desire to provide a page that would honor and preserve their memory. The lists will be released soon in the following link.

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NOTICE: BEATIFICATION OF PURÍSIMA SALVAT

30 March 2010

     Rev. Francisco Ortiz Gómez, vicar general of the archdiocese of Seville, announced yesterday that the Holy See has authorized the beatification of Ven. María de la Purísima Salvat Romero (1926-98).  The solemn celebration will take place in Seville on 18 September, at 10:00 a.m. Further details on the ceremony will be determined in the following months.

     María Isabel Salvat came from a distinguished upper class family from Madrid that was forced to flee Spain for two years after the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in 1936. In 1944, she went to Seville to begin her religious formation in the Company of the Cross, the congregation founded by St. Ángela of the Cross Guerrero González whose members were dedicated to the care of the impoverished and “becoming poor with the poor.” She took the name María de la Purísima of the Cross and made final vows in 1952. Because of her leadership skills, devotion to alleviating the poor, and spiritual maturity, she was entrusted with various administrative duties, appointed director of novices and provincial, and voted as general councilor. In 1977,  Purísima Salvat became the superior general of the Company of the Cross, a responsibility she held until her death in 1998. During her term, she endeavored to root her congregation firmly in the charism of St. Ángela  and to foster her heritage within the sisterhood. “In everything, Mother Purísima was always a faithful and ideal disciple of St. Ángela of the Cross. Constant in her life was an intimacy with God, to whom she gave herself without any limit. She led her life quietly in humility and sought to draw no attention to herself. She knew how to remain always hidden in the background, living out the St. Ángela’s spirituality of ‘no ser (not being).’”

     The beatification cause of Ven. Purísima Salvat is among the fastest that the Congregation for the Causes of Saints has processed. Initiated by the archdiocese of Seville in 2004,  the CCS promulgated the decree recognizing her practice of heroic virtues on 17 January 2009. 0n 27 March of this year, the congregation promulgated the decree recognizing a miracle attributed to her intercession. The recipient was Ana María Rodríguez Casado, a child from La Palma del Condado (Huelva) born without an inferior vena cava and with a congenital heart disease. In early 2004, at the age of three years and ten months, she had a cardiac arrest after her pacemaker broke. She was rushed to the Virgen del Rocío Hospital in Seville where she further suffered an acute pulmonary edema, Stoke-Adams syndrome, and neurological sequelae resulting from lack of oxygen to the brain. After attending physicians gave her up for dead, Ana María’s family returned her to La Palma. With the encouragement of a religious from the Company of the Cross, the child’s mother and grandmother sought the intercession of Ven. Purísima Salvat. Shortly afterward, Ana María completely recovered. Doctors who later checked the child described her instantaneous and permanent healing as “exceptional, unforeseen, and inexplicable.”


NOTICE: SIXTEEN DECREES PROMULGATED

27 March 2010

     VATICAN CITY -  Today, 27 March 2010, Pope Benedict XVI received Archbishop Angelo Amato, S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation of the Causes of the Saints, in a private audience. During that audience, the Holy Father authorized the Congregation to promulgate sixteen decrees on miracles, martyrdoms, and heroic virtues.

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NOTICE: INITIATION OF BEATIFICATION PROCESS OF DANIELE BADIALI

19 March 2010

     Bishop Claudio Stagni of the diocese of Faenza-Modigliana will preside over a Mass on 20 March at the Cathedral of Faenza which will initiate the beatification process of Daniele Badiali (1962-97), a diocesan priest killed in Peru while serving the South American church as a Fidei Donum missionary.

     Daniele’s world expanded beyond his rural setting when, at the age of fifteen, he began participating in summer camps sponsored by Operation Mato Grosso, a non-denominational organization with Salesian origins that offer young people volunteer opportunities to directly help and serve the poor in South America. Although he would not leave for mission work in Peru until 1984, his involvement with Mato Grosso significantly molded his altruistic character. He volunteered his services during relief efforts in Friuli and Irpinia after the earthquakes struck these areas in 1978 and 1980 respectively. It was during his time in Peru that Daniele discerned a calling to the priesthood. He returned to Italy in 1986 to begin his seminary formation and studies. After his ordination in June 1991 as a priest of the diocese of Faenza-Modigliana, he returned to Peru in August as a Fidei Donum missionary and served as pastor of San Luis. The territory under his pastoral care consisted of sixty villages scattered in the mountainous province of Carlos Fermín Fitzcarrald. He gave himself completely to raising and defending the human dignity of his marginalized parishioners, visiting them regularly in spite travel difficulties and dangers to celebrate the sacraments and show his solidarity with them. He wrote to his relatives in September 1992: “It is the poor who lead me directly to Jesus. . . . A pastor is called to carry within him their great pain while, on the same time, not to lose any of the sheep entrusted to him by Jesus.” On the evening of 16 March 1997, while driving back from Sunday liturgy in Yauya in the company of several catechists and foreign volunteers, his jeep was blocked by masked armed men. The bandits wanted to take an Italian volunteer, Rosamaria Picozzi, as hostage but Daniele offered himself in her place.  They demanded a huge ransom for his release but, on realizing that the police was closing in on them, they executed Daniele. His body was found two days after the abduction, with hands bound at the back and a gunshot wound to the neck.


NOTICE: BEATIFICATION OF CARDINAL NEWMAN

17 March 2010

     The date of the beatification of Venerable John Henry Newman (1801-90) was revealed at a press briefing held by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 16 March, a few hours after Buckingham Palace officially announced Pope Benedict XVI’s State Visit to the United Kingdom. The pope himself will preside over the ceremony – a first for his pontificate – which will take place at the Coventry Airport in West Midlands, England, on 19 September. The briefing was hosted by the Honorable Jim Murphy, MP, Secretary of State for Scotland, alongside Cardinal Keith O’Brien, President of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, and Archbishop Vincent Nichols, President of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.

     Born, educated, and ordained in the Church of England, Newman was recognized by his contemporaries as one of the foremost Anglican preachers and writers of the period. In the company of several religious leaders and literati, he spearheaded the Oxford Movement (also known as the Tractarian Movement) to reinvigorate the Church of England through liturgical reform, doctrinal soundness, and resistance to state interference. Out of a conviction formed by both faith and serious studies, Newman decided to convert to Roman Catholicism in 1843, being baptized after two years of discernment in October 1845. Drawn to the life and spirituality of St. Philip Neri, Newman did his novitiate with the Oratorians in Rome and was ordained a Catholic priest in February 1848. A few months later, he returned to England and founded the first English Oratory in Maryvale (near Oscott, Birmingham). Despite the suspicion – even hostility – of leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in England against him, Newman undertook projects for the intellectual development of the small Catholic population in the kingdom. It was during this period that he produced two of his most influential writings: Apologia pro Vita Sua (1864) and Grammar of Assent (1870). In recognition of his contributions to the revitalization of Roman Catholicism in  the United Kingdom, Pope Leo XIII created him a cardinal in May 1879. After his death in 1890, Newman received accolades from every sector of British society. The Cork Examiner declared that “Cardinal Newman goes to his grave with the singular honour of being by all creeds and classes acknowledged as the just man made perfect.” Rev. Richard W. Church, dean of the Anglican Cathedral of St. Paul’s, wrote this obituary for The Guardian: “Cardinal Newman is dead, and we lose in him not only one of the very greatest masters of English style, not only a man of singular beauty and purity of character, not only an eminent example of personal sanctity, but the founder, we may almost say, of the Church of England as we see it. What the Church of England would have become without the Tractarian movement we can faintly guess, and of the Tractarian movement Newman was the living soul and the inspiring genius. Great as his services have been to the communion in which he died, they are as nothing by the side of those he rendered to the communion in which the most eventful years of his life were spent.… He will be mourned by many in the Roman Church, but their sorrow will be less than ours, because they have not the same paramount reason to be grateful to him.”


NOTICE: BEATIFICATION OF CHIARA BADANO

16 March 2010

     Bishop Pier Giorgio Macchiardi of Acqui (Italy) announced that the beatification of Ven. Chiara “Luce” Badano (1971-90) will take place on 25 September at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Divine Love (Madonna del Divin Amore) in Castel di Leva, Rome, to be presided by Archb. Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

    Athletic and sociable, Chiara Badano spent most of her brief life in her native town of Sassello (province of Savona, Italy). From childhood, she sought to center her life on the Gospels and actively participate in the life of her local church. At the age of nine, Chiara became part of GEN, the youth branch of the Focolare Movement. The spirituality and vitality of the association further deepened her commitment to the Word of God, the practice of meditation, and the exercise of Christian virtues. During secondary school (liceo classico), Chiara was diagnosed with osetosarcoma. With faith, she accepted her fatal illness and remained cheerful and hospitable even during its painful and paralyzing spasmodic episodes. Relatives, friends, and attending physicians attested to the extraordinary peace and luminous joy she radiated from her room at the Regina Margherita Children’s Hospital in Turin. “I feel that God is asking me for something more, something greater. I could be confined to this bed for years, I don’t know. I am only interested in God’s will, doing that well in the present moment: playing God’s game. . . . I was too taken by ambition, projects, and who knows what else. Now they seem meaningless, futile and temporary. . . now I feel a part of a wonderful plan that is slowly revealing itself to me.” Chiara spent her last days in her family’s house in Sassello. Envisioning her death as a marriage, she chose a bridal gown for her burial dress and the hymns and readings which transformed her funeral mass into a celebration of life. Since her death in October 1990,  pilgrims from all over - both young and old - continually visited her tomb at the town cemetery, drawn by her reputation of holiness. The diocese of Acqui opened the canonical inquiry for her beatification process in June 1999.


NOTICE: UNANIMOUS VOTE FOR DELILLE CAUSE

03 March 2010

     Fifteen cardinals and bishops of the CCS who met in an ordinary congregation on 02 March unanimously voted in favor of the cause of the Servant of God Henriette Delille (1812-62).  The decisions affirmed the judgment of the particular meeting of theological consultors on 29 May 2009  that Delille practiced virtues to a heroic degree.

    According to canonical legislations, the Secretary of the CCS will now draw up a report of the opinions of the cardinals and bishops which would be later presented to the pope. A papal ratification of their vote, which would likely take place before Easter 2010, paves the way for the public promulgation of the decree on heroic virtues. After that the title “Venerable” could be officially given to Henriette Delille.


NOTICE: ORDINARY CONGREGATION TO DISCUSS HENRIETTE DELILLE

26 February 2010

     The Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family announced that an ordinary congregation of cardinals and bishops of the CCS will evaluate the Positio of their founder, the Servant of God Henriette Delille (1812-62) on 02 March. If the majority of the prelates vote favorably, the CCS will establish a date for the promulgation of the decree recognizing her practice of heroic virtues.

    A native of New Orleans (United States), Delille was the offspring of the common-law union between an already married French man and a Creole woman, an extralegal system called plaçage sanctioned in antebellum Louisiana. Society expected her to enter into a plaçage like her mother. Also, as a  fair-skinned woman of color, she could have passed herself of as white ― as her two older siblings did.  Instead, she denounced the plaçage out of her Catholic convictions and openly claimed her black heritage. With a group of like-minded women, she ministered to poor blacks of New Orleans, both free and enslaved. On coming of age and after selling the property she inherited, Delille and Juliette Gaudin laid the foundations for a community of black women religious which would continue the ministries in which they were engaged. Their project met very strong opposition from fellow Catholics who ridiculed the idea on racist grounds. With the help of Rev. Etienne Rousselon, vicar-general of the diocese, the Sisters of the Holy Family eventually received ecclesiastical recognition in 1842. However, ten years elapsed before they were allowed to undergo a formal novitiate with the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and publicly profess religious vows in October 1852. Under Delille’s leadership, the congregation grounded itself in the practices of religious life and established schools, orphanages and a home for the elderly. Delille died on 17 November 1862, a few months after Union forces captured New Orleans during the American Civil War. Despite the long-standing public acclaim of her holiness, the archdiocese of New Orleans canonically opened her beatification process only in 1988.


NOTICE: BEATIFICATION OF MANUEL LOZANO GARRIDO

21 February 2010

     Bishop Ramón del Hoyo López of Jaén (Spain) announced that the Vatican Secretariat of State has favorably accepted his request  to establish the date for the beatification of the Venerable Manuel Lozano Garrido (1920-71). The solemn celebration will take place on Saturday, 12 June, in the town of Linares, birthplace of the future blessed.

    “Lolo” (as he is fondly known) was a committed member of Catholic Action and a budding journalist at 22 when he suffered his first attack of chronic articular rheumatism. Confined to a wheelchair, he nonetheless continued to animate young members of Catholic Action and persisted in his writing career. Lolo’s publications and joyful acceptance of illness drew many people ― especially the young ― to visit him and seek his counsels. He enthusiastically followed the proceedings of the Second Vatican Council and helped those who were less open to the reforms to understand and accept its decrees and constitutions. His illness, however, continued to progress that, by the time he was in his 40s, he had completely lost physical mobility and eyesight.  Lolo died in November 1971.


NOTICE: CLOSING AND OPENING OF PROCESSES OF CONCEPTIONIST NUNS

20 February 2010

Narcisa García Villa (María Beatriz of Saint Teresa)     On 03 February, the archdiocese of Madrid closed the diocesan inquiry on the presumed martyrdom of the Servants of God María Isabel Lacaba Andia and 13 companions, professed nuns from the Order of the Immaculate Conception, who were killed during the religious persecution in the Spanish Civil War. Rev. Ricardo Quintana Bescós, head of the archdiocesan delegation for Causes of Saints, presided over the canonical ceremony in the place of Cardinal Antonio María Rouco Varela.  Two of the presumed martyrs came from the Conceptionist Monastery of El Pardo (Madrid), while another two were from the Conceptionist Monastery of Escalona (Toledo). Two of the presumed martyrs came from the Conceptionist Monastery of El Pardo (Madrid), while another two were from the Conceptionist Monastery of Escalona (Toledo). The other ten belonged to the Conceptionist Monastery of Las Rozas (Madrid). All were killed within the Community of Madrid between August and November 1936.

     The archdiocese will also open the diocesan inquiry on the life, virtues, and reputation of holiness of the Servant of God María Ana Alberdi (1912-98) on 04 March. Cardinal Rouco Valera will preside over the ceremony at the Conceptionist Monastery of “La Latina” (Madrid). A vibrant woman religious remembered for her spirit of prayer and humility, Alberdi served as abbess of “La Latina” for 34 years and the first president of the Castile Federation of the Order of the Immaculate Conception.


NOTICE: OPENING OF DIOCESAN PROCESS OF TITUS ZEMAN

19 February 2010

Titus Zeman     On 26 February, Archbishop Stanislav Zvolenský of Bratislava (Slovakia) will formally open the diocesan inquiry on the presumed martyrdom of the Servant of God  Titus Zeman (1915-69), a professed priest of the Salesian Society of Don Bosco. The canonical proceedings will take place at the hall of the Roman Catholic Faculty of Theology of Cyril and Methodius at Comenius University. After the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia banned the existence of religious congregations in April 1950, Zeman organized secret expeditions to bring young Salesians to Italy in order to continue their formation and studies. Arrested and tortured for these activities, Zeman was condemned as a “Vatican spy” and sentenced to 25 years of imprisonment in February 1952. Although conditionally released from jail in March 1964, his health was permanently damaged as a result of harsh imprisonment.  During the remaining years of his life, Zeman worked as a storekeeper but was given permission by the Communist government to preside over public celebrations of the Eucharist in 1968. From the time of his death in January 1969, his reputation as a martyr persisted among the faithful.


NOTICE: ORDINARY PUBLIC CONSISTORY

19 February 2010

     VATICAN CITY - At 11 a.m. (Central European Time) this morning, in the Consistory Hall of the Vatican Apostolic Palace, Pope Benedict XVI held an ordinary public consistory during the celebration of midday prayers for the canonization of six blesseds.

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NOTICE: SCHEDULED BEATIFICATIONS

19 February 2010

     Seven beatification ceremonies are scheduled to take place between April to September 2010 in Italy, Spain, and Poland.

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