Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Cause for Beatification of John Paul II & Archbishop Fulton Sheen

Tribulation Times


November 19, 2009  

(1Co 11:1) Be ye followers of me, as I also am of Christ. 

Pope John Paul II in Brazil

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HEADLINE: John Paul II hailed by Vatican commission

Cardinals and bishops have voted to recognise the "heroic virtues" of the late pope John Paul II, moving him a step closer on the path to sainthood, Vatican sources said on Tuesday.

The 15-strong commission of cardinals and bishops that studied the case are not allowed to speak on their deliberations, but the sources said their vote was in favour of John Paul II, who was pope from 1978-2005.

Current Pope Benedict XVI must validate the commission's decision before Karol Wojtyla can be proclaimed as "venerable".

The final stage before beatification is the examination of the "miracle" attributed to John Paul II for the unexplained healing in 2005 of a French nun who suffered from Parkinson's disease.

Medical and theological panels will look at the case, which will then be considered by the bishops and cardinals commission before Benedict XVI again has to authorise their decisions.

If all these stages are met, John Paul II's beatification will follow, which could take place in October 2010 to mark the anniversary of the Polish pope's election on October 16, 1978.

REVIEW: Countdown to freedom: John Paul II's place in history

WEBLINK: Cause for Beatification and Canonization of The Servant of God John Paul II

CATHOLIC REVIEW: Masses worldwide to recall Archbishop Sheen's life, promote sainthood

The Servant Of God, Archbishop Fulton John She...

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A worldwide celebration of Masses Dec. 9 will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the death of famed author, lecturer and television evangelizer Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, as well as promote his cause for canonization.

Two women from the Paterson Diocese launched the program: Lo Anne Mayer, a parishioner of Christ the King Church in New Vernon, and La Verne Washburne, a parishioner of Corpus Christi Church in Chatham Township.

Mayer, who is a board member of the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Foundation in Peoria, Ill., and president of its advisory council, credits her friend Washburne with conceiving the worldwide Mass idea.

Washburne said it just struck her after hearing the foundation advise that Rome would like to witness an outpouring of support for Archbishop Sheen "from a lot of people!"

"The Mass is our greatest prayer," she said, "and I can't think of a better way to dramatize his worthiness for sainthood than big turnouts of people around the globe attending Mass in his memory, all on the same day. That's public support on a grand scale; hopefully, it will impress Rome."

WEBLINK: Official Website for the Canonization Cause of the Servant of God Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 24- "On meekness, simplicity and guilelessness"

9. A meek soul is a throne of simplicity, but an angry mind is a creator of evil.   

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