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Petition to support beatification of John Bradburne

The first International Conference on the life, poetry and thought of John Bradburne - poet, mystic, martyr, and father to lepers in what is now Zimbabwe, was held at the Universita per Stranieri di Perugia in March 2017.

As speakers and attendees at this conference, it was firmly believed that the cause for his beatification should proceed at the earliest opportunity, especially in the l...

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First-ever beatification in Ireland

Blessed John Sullivan SJ

The first ever beatification in Ireland, that of Father John Sullivan SJ (1861 – 1933), took place on Saturday during the celebration of Mass in Saint Francis Xavier Church on Gardiner Street in Dublin.

The principal celebrant and homilist was Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, and he was assisted by the Primate of Ireland Archbishop Diarmu...

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Pax Christi welcomes beatification of conscientious objector Josef Mayr-Nusser

The beatification of Josef Mayr-Nusser will take place on 18 March 2017 in Bolzano Cathedral, Italy. Like the Austrian farmer, Franz Jägerstätter, he was killed as a consequence of his refusal to swear the military oath of loyalty to Hitler when he was forcibly conscripted into the German army. Jägerstätter was beatified in 2007, and now Pope Francis has recognised Josef Mayr-Nusser as anot...

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South Africa prepares for beatification of first martyr

The Church in South Africa is preparing to celebrate the beatification of Benedict Samuel Tshimangadzo Daswa, wo was killed on 2 February 1990, the country's first martyr to be recognized. . In that month there had been a series of exceptionally violent storms raging in the area of Benedict's village. The local people thought they were due to acts of witchcraft. The council of elders...

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Kenya celebrates beatification of Sr Irene 'Nyaatha' Stefani

Sr Irene 'Nyaatha' Stefani

Uo to 100,000 people gathered at Dedan Kimathi University in Nyeri central Kenya on Saturday for the beatification ceremony of Sister Irene 'Nyaatha' Stefani, an Italian nun who worked for many years in this East African nation. Millions more watched the event live on television. The ceremony was conducted by Archbishop Polycarp Pengo of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Archbishop John Nj...

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Pope's Message for beatification of Oscar Romero + film from El Salvador

Pope Francis sent a letter to the Archbishop of San Salvador, Mgr José Luis Escobar Alas, on the occasion of the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero Galdámez on Saturday.

In the letter, the Holy Father says that "the voice of the newly Blessed continues to resonate today to remind us that the Church, a convocation of brothers surrounding their Lord, is the family of God, i...

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Rome: 
Marist friends of Oscar Romero rejoice at his beatification

Archbishop Romero, (centre) at Marist Salvadoran high school after 50th anniversary Mass and lunch 1974

One of the groups who were very close to Archbishop Oscar Romero, are rejoicing over his beatification in El Salvador tomorrow. "His beatification fills us Marists who were closest to him with joy and hope," said Marist brother José Antonio López. "We give thanks to the Lord for this because he is the first saint of El Salvador... he said, in an interview with the Marist general h...

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CAFOD celebrates beatification of heroic Romero

The beatification of Oscar Romero on Saturday 23 May will provide overdue recognition for "one of the great heroes of the 20th Century", says the aid agency CAFOD, which closely supported his work.

"Archbishop Romero's words and actions are at the heart of everything that CAFOD does, and we are delighted about his beatification," said Chris Bain, CAFOD's Director. "He was an extremely br...

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London: Cardinal to celebrate Thanksgiving Mass for beatification of Bishop Alvaro del Portillo

Blessed Bishop Alvaro del Portillo

Cardinal Vincent Nichols will celebrate Mass at Westminster Cathedral next Tuesday in thanksgiving for the beatification of Bishop Alvaro del Portillo.

Bishop Alvaro, (1914-1994), first successor of St Josemaría at the head of Opus Dei, was beatified in Madrid, Spain, in September 2014. He is the second member of Opus Dei to be raised to the altars.

Alvaro was born in Madrid and ...

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Beatification call for priest who refused to leave passengers on Titanic

Fr Thomas Byles

A campaign is underway to open the Cause for the Beatification for a heroic young priest priest who died on the Titanic, ministering to passengers.

Father Thomas Byles, rector of St Helen's Catholic Church in Chipping Ongar, Essex, was travelling to New York to officiate at his brother's wedding. His parish had organised a special collection to fund the trip. Eyewitness reports say Fathe...

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Date set for Beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero

Archbishop Romero

Archbishop Oscar Romero will be beatified in El Salvador's capital city San Salvador on 23 May. Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, chief promoter of Archbishop Romero's Cause for sainthood made the announcement at a press conference in the presidential palace in San Salvador yesterday. Tuesday 24 March will be the 35th anniversary of Archbishop Romero's assassination.

Many commemorative events ...

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CAFOD delighted at beatification of inspirational Romero

l-r CAFOD Director Julian Filochowski,  Denis Canavan MP,  Lord Chitnis, Archbishop Romero,  Peter Bottomley MP  during 1978 visit to El Salvador

The aid agency CAFOD, which worked closely with Archbishop Oscar Romero, has expressed delight that one of the great Church leaders of modern history will be beatified.

“Archbishop Romero was one of the most inspirational figures of the 20th Century, and we are delighted that his beatification has been confirmed,” said Chris Bain, CAFOD’s Director. “He was an extremely brave man...

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Text: Homily of Pope Francis at Synod Closing Mass, Beatification of Pope Paul VI

Blessed Paul VI

Huge crowds gathered in St Peter's Square today for the Closing Mass for the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, celebrated by Pope Francis. During the Mass the Holy Father beatified on of his predecessors, Pope Paul VI, whom he described as a “great Pope,” a “courageous Christian” and a “tireless apostle.”

The official English text of Pope Francis’s homily for the Mas...

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Pope Paul VI to be beatified

Pope Paul VI

Pope Francis has approved the promulgation of the decree for the cause of beatification of his predecessor Pope Paul VI. The approval was announced yesterday (Saturday. The beatification ceremony is scheduled to take place on 19 October 2014, at the conclusion of the III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family.

Paul VI was born Giovanni Battista Montini in ...

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