VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis advanced the sainthood causes of seven men and women, including a Canadian and an English founder of two religious orders for women.
He also declared the Italian medieval mystic, Blessed Angela of Foligno, a saint, foregoing the usual process of canonization and without formally recognizing a second miracle.
Pope Francis accepted a proposal Oct. 9 by Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes, allowing Blessed Angela to become a saint immediately. The Vatican made the announcement Oct. 11.
According to church rules — established by the pope and subject to changes by him — a miracle is needed after beatification to make a candidate eligible for canonization.
Pope Francis recently approved the canonization of Blessed John XXIII in absence of a miracle. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, told Catholic News Service that exceptions to the normal sainthood process have been made through the church’s history.
Blessed Angela of Foligno experienced a conversion in the late 13th century. A worldly woman who looked down on those who observed strict poverty in religious life, she experienced a series of tragic events and suffering that changed her way of thinking.
After the deaths of her mother, her husband and her children, she sold all she had and joined the Third Order of St. Francis. She lived from 1248 to 1309.
The other decrees approved by Pope Francis Oct. 9 recognized:
— The miracle needed for the beatification of Italian Mother Assunta Marchetti, cofounder of the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo — the Scalabrinians. She was born in 1871 and died in Sao Paolo in 1948.
— The heroic virtues of Marie Elizabeth Turgeon, founder of the Congregation of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. She was born in Beaumont, Quebec, in 1840, and died in Rimouski, Quebec, in 1881.
— The heroic virtues of Sister Mary of St. Francis, who founded the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Victories. Of English nationality, she was born in Hurryhur, India, in 1840 and died in Portugal in 1916.
She was raised in the Anglican faith and grew up in England after the early death of her mother. A vision of St. Mary led her to believe in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist; she became a Catholic and eventually joined the Third Order of St. Francis.
— The heroic virtues of two Italian founders of religious orders; an Italian nun; and an Italian layman and father.
Win free tickets, help support CatholicPhilly.com
CatholicPhilly.com often partners with our region's top cultural venues. During this two-week period, you can benefit by our association with The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.
Make a donation of any amount during this period and you will receive two general admission tickets to Philadelphia's premier educational museum -- that's a $60 value.
Use our secure credit card form by clicking the link below. That will enable us to contact you so we can send the tickets, which are valid to September 2018.
Your donation helps us to provide high-quality coverage of the local Catholic communities we primarily serve, while also distributing national and world news of interest to Catholics, plus the orthodox teachings of the Catholic faith. Your gift gift of $40, $50, $100, or more will strengthen the fabric of our entire Catholic community.
Make your donation by credit card here: