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vol, 8
no. 56

PADRE PIO DECLARED TO HAVE LIVED "HEROIC VIRTUE"
      VATICAN (CWN) -- Pope John Paul II has officially approved declarations that attest to the "heroic virtue" of Padre Pio and of Sister Therese de Saint-Augustin, a Carmelite nun better known today as the daughter of King Louis XV of France.

      The Congregation for the Causes of Saints today announced 15 new decrees, of which five announce the recognition of a miracle attributed to a "venerable servant of God," and ten indicate that candidates for beatification have been found to have shown "heroic virtue." These decrees were formally promulgated in the Pope's presence this morning.

      Among those in whose lives the Congregation found evidence of "heroic virtue," the best known was Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, the famous Capuchin monk and stigmatist. Born in 1887 as Francesco Forgione, he attained worldwide fame as a confessor at the Capuchin monastery of San Giovanni Rotondo; thousands of pilgrims flocked to the site, and many reported miraculous apparitions or cures. He died in 1968.

      The decree that a candidate for sainthood lived a life of "heroic virtue" clears the way for beatification. The next step would be the approval of a miracle attributed to the intercession of this "servant of God." Once a miracle is approved, the Pope may schedule a date for beatification.

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December 19-21, 1997       volume 8, no. 56
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December 1997