WEDNESDAY
January 26, 2000
volume 11, no. 18
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MIRACLE APPROVED; BEATIFICATION FOR JOHN XXIII
    VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- On January 27, 11 new decrees regarding candidates for canonization and beatification will be read in the presence of Pope John Paul II.

    The Italian daily Il Messaggero has revealed-- and Vatican sources have confirmed-- that the Congregation for the Causes of Saints has approved a new series of decrees, including the official recognition of a miracle attributed to the intercession of Pope John XXIII.

    In the last series of decrees from the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, which were officially read on December 20, Pope John XXIII was recognized for his "heroic virtue"-- and thus qualified for the title "Venerable." The recognition of a miracle in his case-- the healing of Sister Catherine Capitani in 1966-- clears the way for his beatification, which is expected to take place later this year.

    The new decrees also recognize three Asian martyrs: a Thai priest who was killed in 1944, and two catechists-- one Vietnamese, one Filipino-- who died in the 17th century. Il Messaggero also reported that the new decrees would pave the way toward the beatification of Blessed Catherine Marie Drexel, who died in New Orleans in 1955 and was beatified in 1988; and for the beatification of Father Francis-Xavier Seelos, who also died in New Orleans, in 1867. The Italian paper said that another decree would set the stage for the beatification of Mother Marie Elizabeth Hesselblad, who revived the Order of St. Brigitte and established the community of religious to pray for Christian unity-- in particular, unity between Lutherans and Catholics in the Scandinavian countries.

          

January 26, 2000
volume 11, no. 18
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