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~ News 2008 ~

Josep Tous Soler Declared “Venerable”

VATICAN CITY - Today, 22 December 2008,  Pope Benedict XVI received Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of State of the Vatican, in a private audience.

During that audience, the Holy Father authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate the decree recognizing the heroic virtues of JOSEP TOUS SOLER (1811-71), professed priest of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin and founder of the Capuchin Sisters of the Mother of the Divine Shepherd.

Josep Tous Soler was born on 31 March 1811 in Igualada (Barcelona, Spain). At fifteen, he joined the Capuchin Franciscans and professed religious vows on 19 February 1828. After six years of studies and formation of interior life, Tous was ordained to the priesthood on 24 May 1834 in Barcelona. Two months later, at the height of violent anticlericalism in Catalonia, he was imprisoned and then banished from Spain with other exclaustrated friars. After nine years of exile, mostly spent in pastoral ministry in France, he returned to Catalonia in 1843. Because the Spanish government had dissolved religious orders, Tous spent his remaining years as a diocesan priest. He dedicated himself to parish work and spiritual direction while remaining faithful to his Franciscan identity. In March 1850, with the permission of the bishop of Vic, Tous gathered in Ripoll (Girona) three women (Remei Palos Casanova, Isabel Jubal, and Marta Suñol) to form a community dedicated to the pastoral care and education of the young. The group would later assume the name “Capuchin Sisters of the Mother of the Divine Shepherd” and established its motherhouse in Capellades (Barcelona) on 22 December 1858. Under his prudent and caring guidance, the community grew and founded houses in Barcelona and Madrid. Tous died in Barcelona on 27 February 1871 while celebrating the Eucharist.

Posted by:

Charles G. Braganza 

Date:

22/12/2008


Nine Decrees Promulgated

VATICAN CITY - Today, 06 December 2008, Pope Benedict XVI received Archbishop Angelo Amato, sdb, 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 the following nine decrees regarding:

Z. Feliński

A. Tadini F. Coll Guitart

R. Arnáiz Barón

J. Jugan

C. Volpicelli

- a miracle, attributed to the intercession of the Blessed Zygmunt Szczęsny Feliński, archbishop of Warsaw and founder of the Franciscan Sisters of the Family of Mary; born on 01 November 1822 in Voyutin (a.k.a. Wojutyn), Volyn’ (Ukraine) and died on 17 September 1895 in Kraków, Małopolskie (Poland); beatified on 18 August 2002;

- a miracle, attributed to the intercession of the Blessed ARCANGELO TADINI, priest of the diocese of Brescia and founder of the Congregation of the  Sisters Workers of the Holy House of Nazareth; born on 12 October 1846 in Verolanuova, Brescia (Italy) and died on 20 May 1912 in Botticino Sera, Brescia (Italy); beatified on 03 October 1999;

- a miracle, attributed to the intercession of the Blessed FRANCISCO COLL GUITART, professed priest of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) and founder of the Congregation of the Dominican Sisters of the Anunciata; born on 18 May 1812 in Gombreny, Girona (Spain) and died on 02 April 1875 in Vic, Barcelona (Spain); beatified on 29 April 1979;

- a miracle, attributed to the intercession of the Blessed RAFAEL ARNÁIZ BARÓN, professed religious of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance (Trappists); born on 09 April 1911 in Burgos (Spain) and died on 26 April 1938 in Dueñas, Palencia (Spain); beatified on 27 September 1992;

- a miracle, attributed to the intercession of the Blessed JEANNE JUGAN (in religion: MARIE OF THE CROSS), founder of the Congregation of the Little Sisters of the Poor; born on 25 October 1792 in Les Petites-Croix, Cancale, Ille-et-Vilaine (France) and died on 29 August 1879 in Saint-Pern, Ille-et-Vilaine (France); beatified on 03 October 1982;

- a miracle, attributed to the intercession of the Blessed CATERINA VOLPICELLI, founder of the Institute of the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart; born on 21 January 1839 in Naples (Italy) and died there on 28 December 1894; beatified on 29 April 2001;
 

G. Bianchi

A. van den Boer C. Galvão


- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God GIACINTO BIANCHI, priest of the diocese of Cremona and founder of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary, Missionaries; born on 15 August 1835 in Villa Pasquali, Mantua (Italy) and died there on 11 February 1914;

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God JAN VAN DEN BOER (in religion: ANDREAS), professed religious of the Brothers of Our Lady, Mother of Mercy (Brothers of Mercy); born on 24 November 1841 in Udenhout, North Brabant (Netherlands) and died on 03 August 1917 in Tilburg, North Brabant (Netherlands);

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God LIBÂNIA DO CARMO GALVÃO MEXIA DE MOURA TELLES DE ALBUQUERQUE (in religion: MARIA CLARA OF THE CHILD JESUS), founder of the Congregation of the Franciscan Hospitallers of the Immaculate Conception; born on 15 June 1843 in Amadora, Lisbon (Portugal) and died on 01 December 1899 in Lisbon (Portugal).

Posted by:

Charles G. Braganza 

Date:

06/12/2008


Maria Troncatti Declared “Venerable”

VATICAN CITY - Today, 12 November 2008, Archbishop Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, and Archbishop Michele Di Ruberto, secretary of the Congregation, promulgated the decree which recognizes the heroic virtues of MARIA TRONCATTI (1883-1969), professed religious of the Daughters of Mary, Help of Christians (Salesian Sisters).

Pope Benedict XVI approved the promulgation of the decree on 08 November. Archbishops Amato and Di Ruberto signed it in the Hall of Congresses before Mo. Yvonne Reungoat, superior general of the Salesian Sisters, and her council, Fr. Enrico Dal Covolo, postulator of the cause, and Sr. Giuliana Accornero, vice-postulator.

Born in Italy, Ven. Maria Troncatti worked for the evangelization and development of the Shuar people of south-east Ecuador from 1925 until her death. For forty years, she ministered to them as a catechist, nurse, surgeon, orthopedist, and dentist. Above all, she dedicated herself to the emancipation of the Shuar women. Troncatti was killed in a plane crash while en route to her annual retreat.

Posted by:

Charles G. Braganza 

Date:

13/11/2008


Thirteen Decrees Promulgated

VATICAN CITY - Today, 03 July 2008, Pope Benedict XVI received Card. José Saraiva Martins, 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 the following thirteen decrees regarding:

D. De Veuster

B. Tolomei N. Álvares L. Martin and M.A. Guérin

- a miracle, attributed to the intercession of the Blessed DAMIEN JOSEPH DE VEUSTER, professed priest of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary (Picpus); born on 03 January 1840 in Tremeloo, Vlaams-Brabant (Belgium) and died on 15 April 1889 in Molokai, Hawaii (United States of America); beatified on 14 June 1995;

- a miracle, attributed to the intercession of the Blessed BERNARDO TOLOMEI, abbot and founder of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mount Olivet of the Order of Saint Benedict; born on 10 May 1272 in Siena (Italy) and died there on 20 August 1348; confirmation of cult on 24 November 1644;

- a miracle, attributed to the intercession of the Blessed NUNO ÁLVARES PEREIRA (in religion: NUNO OF SAINT MARY), professed religious of the Order of the Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel; born on 24 June 1360 in Flor da Rosa, Crato, Portalegre (Portugal) and died on 01 April 1431 in Lisbon (Portugal); confirmation of cult on 23 January 1918;

- a miracle, attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God LOUIS MARTIN, layperson of the diocese of Bayeux-Lisieux; married; born on 22 August 1823 in Bordeaux, Gironde (France) and died on 29 July 1894 in Arnières-sur-Iton, Eure (France); and of the Venerable Servant of God MARIE-AZÉLIE GUÉRIN MARTIN, layperson of the diocese of Séez; married; born on 23 December 1831 in Saint-Denis-sur-Sarthon, Orne (France) and died on 28 August 1877 in Alençon, Orne (France); both declared venerable on 26 March 1994;

F. Bonifacio

E. al-Dwayhī G. Dal Vago

G. Di Donna

B. Maix

J. Keller

F. Garmendia

C. Badano


- the martyrdom of the Servant of God FRANCESCO GIOVANNI BONIFACIO, priest of the diocese of Trieste; born on 07 September 1912 in Piran (a.k.a. Pirano), Istarska (then in Italy; now in Croatia) and killed in odium fidei on 11 September 1946 in Krasica (a.k.a. Villa Gardossi), Istarska (then in Italy; now in Croatia);

- the heroic virtues of the Blessed NUNO ÁLVARES PEREIRA (in religion: NUNO OF SAINT MARY), professed religious of the Order of the Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel; born on 24 June 1360 in Flor da Rosa, Crato, Portalegre and died on 01 April 1431 in Lisbon (Portugal); confirmation of cult on 23 January 1918;

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God ESŢFĀN AL-DWAYHĪ, patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites; born on 02 August 1630 in Ehden, Jabal Lubnān (Lebanon) and died on 03 May 1704 in Kannoubine (a.k.a. Qannubine), Kesrouan, Jabal Lubnān (Lebanon);

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God GIUSEPPE DAL VAGO (in religion: BERNARDINO FROM PORTOGRUARO), professed priest of the Order of Friars Minor; titular archbishop of Sardica; born on 15 January 1822 in Portogruaro, Venice (Italy) and died on 07 May 1895 in Quaracchi, Florence (Italy);

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God GIUSEPPE DI DONNA, professed priest of the Order of the Most Holy Trinity; bishop of Andria; born on 23 August 1901 in Rutigliano, Bari (Italy) and died on 02 January 1952 in Andria, Bari (Italy);

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God MARIA BÁRBARA MAIX (in religion: MARIA BÁRBARA OF THE HOLY TRINITY), founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary; born on 27 June 1818 in Vienna (Austria) and died on 17 March 1873 in Catumbi, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil);

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God JOHANNES KELLER (in religion: PIUS), professed priest of the Order of Saint Augustine; born on 30 September 1825 in Ballingshausen, Bavaria (Germany) and died on 15 March 1904 in Münnerstadt, Bavaria (Germany) ;

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God FRANCISCO ANDRÉS GARMENDIA MENDIZABÁL (in religion: ANDRÉS HIBERNÓN), professed religious of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (De La Salle Brothers); born on 03 September 1880 in Beizama, Guipúzcoa (Spain) and died on 11 march 1969 in Griñón, Madrid (Spain);

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God CHIARA BADANO, young layperson of the diocese of Aqui Terme; born on 29 October 1971 in Sassello, Savona (Italy) and died there on 07 October 1990.

Posted by:

Charles G. Braganza 

Date:

02/07/2008


Seventeen Decrees Promulgated

VATICAN CITY - Today, 15 March 2008, Pope Benedict XVI received Card. José Saraiva Martins, 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 the following seventeen decrees regarding:

C. Comensoli

F. Pianzola J. Ollalo Valdés

- a miracle, attributed to the intercession of the Blessed CATERINA COMENSOLI (in religion: GELTRUDE), founder of the Institute of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament of Bergamo; born on 18 January 1847 in Biennio, Brescia (Italy) and died on 18 February 1903 in Bergamo (Italy); beatified on 01 October 1989;

- a miracle, attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God FRANCESCO PIANZOLA, priest of the diocese of Vigevano and founder of the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculata, Queen of Peace ; born on 05 October 1881 in Sartirana Lomelliana, Pavia (Italy) and died on 04 June 1943 in Mortara, Pavia (Italy); declared venerable on 26 June 2006;

- a miracle, attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God JOSÉ OLALLO VALDÉS, professed religious of the Order of the Hospitallers of Saint John of God; born on 12 February 1820 in Havana (Cuba), and died on 07 March 1889 in Camagüey (Cuba); declared venerable on 16 December 2006;

 

A. Bacciarini

M. McGivney J. Alves Brás

G. P. Lorgna

M. Longo

P. Roasenda

V. Gondra Muruaga

C. Vismara

E. Giannini T. Osti

F. Sánchez Márquez

P. Riminucci

M. Amengual

L. Mazzotta

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God AURELIO BACCIARINI, professed priest of the Servants of Charity (Guanellians); titular bishop of Daulia and apostolic administrator of Lugano; born on 08 November 1873 in Lavertezzo, Ticino (Switzerland) and died on 27 June 1935 in Lugano, Ticino (Switzerland);

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God MICHAEL McGIVNEY, priest of the archdiocese of Hartford and founder of the Knights of Columbus; born on 12 August 1852 in Waterbury, Connecticut (United States) and died on 14 August 1890 in Thomaston, Connecticut (United States);

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God JOAQUIM ALVES BRÁS, priest of the patriarchate of Lisbon and founder of the Secular Institute of the Cooperators of the Family; born on 20 March 1889 in Casegas-Covilhã, Castelo Branco (Portugal) and died on 13 March 1966 in Lisbon (Portugal);

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God GIOCONDO PIO LORGNA, professed priest of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) and founder of the Dominican Sisters of Blessed Imelda; born on 27 September 1870 in Popetto di Tresana, Massa Carrara (Italy) and died on 08 July 1928 in Venice (Italy);

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God MICHELANGELO LONGO (in religion: MICHELANGELO FROM MARIGLIANO), professed priest of the Order of Friars Minor; born on 22 September 1812 in Marigliano, Naples (Italy) and died there on 10 July 1886 in Naples (Italy);

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God PAOLO ROASENDA (in religion: MARIANO FROM TURIN), professed priest of the Order of the Friars Minor Capuchins; born on 22 May 1906 in Turin (Italy) and died on 27 March 1972 in Rome (Italy);

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God VICTORIANO GONDRA MURUAGA (in religion: FRANCISCO OF THE PASSION), professed priest of the Congregation of the Passion (Passionists); born on 05 March 1910 in Libano de Arrieta, Vizcaya (Spain) and died on 06 August 1974 in Basurto, Vizcaya (Spain);

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God CLEMENTE VISMARA, priest of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions; born on 06 September 1897 in Agrate Brianza, Milan (Italy) and died on 15 June 1988 in Mong Ping, Shan (Myanmar);

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God EUFEMIA GIANNINI (in religion: GEMMA), founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Gemma Galgani; born on 27 October 1884 in Lucca (Italy) and died on 26 August 1971 in Camigliano, Lucca (Italy);

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God ANNA OSTI (in religion: TARSILLA OF THE CRUCIFIED), professed religious of the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary; born on 06 December 1895 in Pula, Istarska (Croatia) and died on 26 December 1958 in Rome (Italy);

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God FRANCISCO TOMÁS MÁRQUEZ SÁNCHEZ (in religion: LEOPOLDO FROM ALPANDEIRE), professed religious of the Order of the Friars Minor Capuchins; born on 24 June 1866 in Alpandeire, Málaga (Spain) and died on 09 February 1956 in Granada (Spain);

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God PIETRO RIMINUCCI (in religion: SERAFINO FROM PIETRARUBBIA), professed religious of the Order of the Friars Minor Capuchins; born on 25 April 1875 in Pietrarubbia, Pesaro-Urbino (Italy) and died on 07 March 1960 in Macerata (Italy);

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God MARGALIDA AMENGUAL CAMPANER, layperson from the diocese of Mallorca; born on 02 September 1888 in Palma de Mallorca, Islas Baleares (Spain) and died on 30 January 1919 in Costitx, Mallorca, Islas Baleares (Spain);

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God LUIGIA MAZZOTTA, young layperson of the diocese of Lecce; born on 09 July 1900 in Lecce (Italy) and died there on 21 May 1922.

Posted by:

Charles G. Braganza 

Date:

15/03/2008


Canonization Announced

VATICAN CITY - At 11 a.m. this morning, in the Clementine Hall of the Vatican Apostolic Palace, Pope Benedict XVI held an ordinary public consistory during the celebration of midday prayers for the canonization of Blesseds:

  •  GAETANO ERRICO, professed priest and founder of the Congregation  of the Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary;

  •  VERENA BUTLËR (in religion: MARÍA BERNARDA), founder of the Congregation  of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Mary, Help of Christians;

  •  ANNA MUTTATHUPADATHU (in religion: ALPHONSA OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION), professed religious of the Franciscan Clarist Congregation; and,

  • NARCISA DE JESÚS MARTILLO MORÁN, layperson of the archdiocese of Guayaquil.

The canonization ceremony for Bb. Gaetano Errico, Verena Butlër, Anna Muttathupadathu, and Narcisa de Jesús Martillo Morán will take place on Sunday, 12 October 2008, in Rome.

Posted by:

Charles G. Braganza 

Date:

01/03/2008


 

 


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