Category Archives: Sainthood causes

John Paul II’s coffin to be viewed

Burying John Paul II.jpgThe Holy See is allowing the coffin of Pope John Paul II to be viewed following the May 1st beatification ceremony which will be celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI. 

After the viewing the papal body will repose in the Chapel of San Lorenzo in the Basilica of Saint Peter.
The video story is here.
The Vicariate of Rome website for Pope John Paul’s beatification ceremony

Fulton Sheen’s cause on the way–again!

Archbishop Fulton J Sheen.jpegThe Bishop of Peoria, Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has jump-started the canonization process for Fulton J. Sheen. Jenky took a pause in the case when Archbishop Timothy Dolan indicated that he wanted to keep Sheen’s body in the crypt at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick and to see the process to completion. Not a good thing, for sure. The halting of the case happened in November, as you recall.

A Fulton J. Sheen website is found here and the canonization cause website is here.

Nelson Baker, priest, Apostle of Charity recognized as heroically virtuous

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Among the 9 causes of sainthood possibilities was the American priest of Buffalo, Father Nelson Baker, known by the locals as the Apostle of Charity. His history spanned 16 February 1842 to 29 July 1936. Baker is one step closer to sainthood but there’s a long way to go. He’s now recognized as living a life of Heroic Virtue. We now address the priest as the Venerable Servant of God Father Nelson Baker.

Benedict XVI to beatify John Paul II

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Pope Benedict XVI announced today that the Venerable Servant of God Pope John Paul II will be beatified on May 1. The announcement … 
Read the interview with the Prefect of the Congregation of Saints, Cardinal Angelo Amato….
A slide show of the Pope’s last visit to NYC.

Cardinals, bishops affirm miracle’s medical findings attributed to John Paul II

JP II wearing pilgrims cape.jpgAnother door to Pope John Paul’s beatification happened yesterday in Rome. The cardinals and bishops who are members of the Congregation of Saints have affirmed the veracity of the medical investigations of a miracle of attributed to the Venerable Servant of God Pope John Paul II, and the theological report on the same. Andrea Tornielli writes about the news.

Sister Marie Simon-Pierre, who suffered the effects of Parkinson’s Disease, makes the claim of healing through the intercession of John Paul who also suffered from the same.
Speculation is that Benedict will assign the liturgical memorial for John Paul to a date in October so that his April 2nd date of death and liturgical observance doesn’t conflict with Holy Week. Often the date of death is the feast day though not exclusively as we know of the recent case of Blessed John Henry Newman.

About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement, and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]yahoo.com.
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