Sainthood causes: January 2011 Archives
The 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.
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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.
Another 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.
The reports of an approved miracle are surfacing as moving more and more toward a confirmation by the cardinals and bishops of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints before the dossier is given to Pope Benedict for his approval. Theologians, physicians and other professionals have been studying a case of French Sister Marie Simon-Pierre who lived with the effects of Parkinson's Disease until June 2005.
Sister Marie Simon-Pierre said she was healed of the disease following her prayers to the Venerable Servant of God Pope John Paul II asking him to intercede for her for the gift of God's healing from Parkinson's. She described her healing as a second birth with the renewed use of her arms and legs. Word about the miracle's approval ought to be coming very soon with a possible beatification of John Paul later in 2011.