Archive for July 3rd, 2009

Miracles and Martyrs

July 3, 2009

Cardinal Newman’s is not the only cause that took a significant step yesterday.  The bulletin from the Vatican Information Service:

VATICAN CITY, 3 JUL 2009 (VIS) – Today, during a private audience with Archbishop Angelo Amato S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, the Pope authorised the congregation to promulgate the following decrees:


– Blessed Candida Maria de Jesus Cipitria y Barriola (nee Juana Josefa), Spanish founder of the Congregation of the Daughters of Jesus (1845-1912).

– Servant of God John Henry Newman, English cardinal and founder of the Oratories of St. Philip Neri in England (1801-1890).

– Servant of God Angelo Paoli (ne Francesco), Italian professed priest of the Order of Carmelites of the Strict Observance (1642-1720).

– Servant of God Maria Alfonsina Danil Ghattas (nee Soultaneh Maria), co- foundress of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Most Holy Rosary of Jerusalem (1843-1927).


– Servant of God Jose Samso i Elias, Spanish diocesan priest, pastor and archpriest of Santa Maria de Mataro, killed in hatred of the faith during religious persecution in Spain (1887-1936).

– Servant of God Teofilo Fernandez de Legaria Goni (ne Beniamino) and four companions, professed priests of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary (PICPUS), killed in hatred of the faith during religious persecution in Spain in 1936.

– Servant of God Georg Hafner, German diocesan priest, killed in hatred of the faith in the concentration camp of Dachau, Germany (1900-1942).

– Servant of God Zoltan Ludovico Meszlenyi, Hungarian titular bishop of Sinope and auxiliary of Esztergom, killed in hatred of the faith at Kistarcsa, Hungary (1892-1951).


– Servant of God Engelmar Unzeitig (ne Uberto), German professed priest of the Congregation of Missionaries of Mariannhill (1911-1945).

– Servant of God Anna Maria Janer Anglarill, Spanish foundress of the Institute of Sisters of the Holy Family of Urgell (1800-1885).

– Servant of God Maria Serafina del Sacro Cuore di Gesu Micheli (ne Clotilde), Italian foundress of the Institute of Sisters of the Angels (1849- 1911).

– Servant of God Teresa Manganiello, Italian laywoman of the Third Order of St. Francis (1849-1876).


Newman miracle a go

July 3, 2009

There it is:

July 3, 2009

Pope Benedict XVI clears way for Cardinal Newman to become a saint

Pope Benedict XVI today cleared the way for Cardinal John Henry Newman to become a saint.

The Pope issued the decree that allows the beatification of England’s most significant convert to Roman Catholicism.


The Holy See will now prepare for a high-profile ceremony to mark the beatification, after which the cleric, who died in 1890, can be known as Blessed John Henry Newman.

The ceremony is most likely to take place in Rome later this year but there is a small possibility it could be celebrated in Westminster, London, under the new leadership of Archbishop Vincent Nichols who has taken a close interest in the cause.

I’d say, contra this London Times piece, that it’s highly likely that the beatification will take place in England.  Though JP2 tended to do all the beatifications himself, and generally in Rome, B16’s standard practice has been to have beatification in the new blessed’s homeland, and to delegate presidership to the local prelate or the head of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

Full story here.  And here.