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Investigation for beatification cause of G.K. Chesterton underway

2014-04-13

Gilbert Keith Chesterton, one of the most read Christian authors of all time, is one step closer to sainthood.

The bishop of Northampton, England, submitted the application in late 2013 to open up the English writer's beatification cause. He's known for his works, The Everlasting Man and the Father Brown series. 

Chesterton's work is scathing, but eloquent. His texts were written 100 years ago, but remain very relevant today.

MARCO SERMARINI
President, Italian Chestertonian Society
"Chesterton can be imitated by the clarity of his judgment, the depth of his judgment. We realize that what he wrote more than 100 years ago remains relevant. Things that seemed relevant and true today, turn out to be truer than when he wrote them back then.”

The author penned more than 80 books and dozens of poems, short stories, articles and essays. But beyond his intellectual phase, many people today latch on to his Christian testimony.

MARCO SERMARINI
President, Italian Chestertonian Society
"He has a famous joke: 'God loves common people because He made so many.' He loved being with people because they made him think of reality, and reality reminded him of God. This stirred within him a great sense of gratitude. That's something we all have to learn from him as well, because all his life has been a way of saying 'thank you.' I think that there is no better Catholic way to live, than by saying 'thank you.'”

His way of living has caught the attention of many Christians, including Pope Francis. Days before traveling to Rome for the conclave, as the archbishop of Buenos Aires, he approved a private prayer to ask for the intercession of the English author.

MARCO SERMARINI
President, Italian Chestertonian Society
"From what we know, Pope Francis has always been interested in Chesterton. He even took part in a symposium organized by the Chesterton Institute for Faith and Culture in Argentina, several years back. He was one of the guests of honor.”

Gilbert Keith Chesterton was born in 1874 in London. He converted to Catholicism at the age of 48, an uncommon occurrence at the time in England. 


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