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Pope will not be able to travel to Israel on Friday to attend the funeral of Shimon Peres

September 28, 2016. Despite the rumors that Pope Francis will travel to Israel to attend Shimon Peres funeral, the Vatican has issued a statement officially announcing a confirmation for the pope's scheduled visit to Georgia and Azerbaijan will remain as planned on Friday. The pope spoke warmly about the former leader and sent out a telegram of condolences:
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Pope's schedule during his trip to Sweden

September 27, 2016. Pope Francis will travel to Sweden next October 31 and November 1, for the occasion of the Lutheran–Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation.This will be the 17th trip of his pontificate.
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Third priest found dead in Mexico

September 26, 2016.Mexican priest, Alfredo Lopez Guillen, was found dead this weekend on a rural road about 350 km east of Mexico City, after being allegedly abducted and assaulted in his parish on Monday September 19. This is the third case of violence against priests in Mexico in just one week. On Monday, September 19, Fr. Nabor Jiménez and Fr. José Alfredo Juarez were also kidnapped in the church of Our Lady of Fatima. Hours later they found them lifeless in a ditch in Poza Rica, Veracruz. The Catholic Church wants clarification on the murders, because it is not yet known who could be the alleged perpetrators.
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Holy See adopts UN Convention against Corruption

September 23, 2016. Pope Francis has asked the Vatican to be exemplary in the fight against corruption and meet the set international standards in this regard. Therefore, the Secretary of State has announced that the Holy See will conform to the Merida Convention against Corruption. This requires countries to implement anti-corruption measures concerning its laws, institutions and practices. From now on, the Roman Curia and the Vatican City State will review its administrative procedures to align them to the standards set by the Convention. Through this compliance, the Vatican says it hopes to contribute to increased transparency and proper management of public affairs in the international community.
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Cardinal Parolin to preside at liturgy before peace signing between Colombia and FARC

September 20, 2016. Colombia's government has invited the Vatican Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, to preside over a liturgy before the ceremony to unite representatives from the Colombian government and the FARC, in Cartagena de Indias. The liturgy will take place before the ceremony related to agreements of Havana between the Colombian government and the FARC. It will be next Monday, September 26, and dozens of heads of state are scheduled to attend. In the liturgy, Parolin will "ask God to enlighten each Colombian to work conscientiously and with complete freedom, so that in a responsible and informed way, they can participate in making decisions that concern the common good of the entire country, which is so dear to Pope Francis."
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Pope Francis pays tribute to Father Jacques Hamel

September 13, 2016. Pope Francis will celebrate Mass for Jacques Hamel, the priest murdered in France by two terrorists on July 26 in the church of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray. It will be held on Wednesday, September 14 at 7 a.m inside the chapel of his residence in Casa Santa Marta. The bishop from Diocese of Rouen along with 80 pilgrims from the same diocese will be present.
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Pope Francis' calendar from September to November

SEPTEMBER Sunday 25, 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time: At 10.30 a.m. in St. Peter’s Square, Holy Mass and Jubilee of Catechists. Friday 30 to Sunday 2 October: Apostolic trip to Georgia and Azerbaijan. OCTOBER Saturday 8: At 5.30 p.m. in St. Peter’s Square, Marian vigil. Sunday 9, 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time: At 10.30 a.m. in St. Peter’s Square, Holy Mass and Marian Jubilee. Sunday 16: 29th Sunday of Ordinary Time: At 10.15 in St. Peter’s Square, Holy Mass and canonisation of Blesseds Salomone Leclercq, José Sanchez del Rio, Manuel González García, Lodovico Pavoni, Alfonso Maria Fusco, José Gabriel del Rosario Brochero, and Elisabeth of the Holy Trinity. Monday 31 to Tuesday 1 November: Apostolic trip to Sweden to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. NOVEMBER Friday 4: At 11.30 in the Vatican Basilica, Holy Mass for the souls of cardinals and bishops who died during the year. Sunday 6, 32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time: At 10 a.m. in the Vatican Basilica, Holy Mass and Jubilee of Prisoners. Sunday 13, 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time: At 10 a.m. in the Vatican Basilica, Holy Mass and Jubilee of the Homeless. Sunday 20, Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe: At 10 a.m. in St. Peter’s Square, Holy Mass for the conclusion of the Jubilee of Mercy.

What is a canonization process and how does the Church decide who becomes a saint?

2016-08-28

The Catholic Church has about 10,000 saints and blesseds. Although this appears like a bulky number, the process of recognizing the sanctity of a person is not easy nor one the Church takes lightly.

The process of beatification and canonization takes years, even decades. In order to begin, a number of conditions must already exist.

FR. FRANCESCO RUSSO
Postulator
"The important thing is that when he or she was alive, there was already a fame of sanctity and this continues even after death. Also that after death, people ask the intercession of the candidate to obtain favors and graces from the Lord."

With these testimonies, the bishop begins the process in the diocese where the requested candidate died. He is then responsible for submitting the request to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

FR. FRANCESCO RUSSO
Postulator
"Once this petition is filed, the Congregation responds. If they give a positive response, the Cause begins in the diocese calling on the most significant testimonies, those who knew him or her very well. Testimonies are collected both for and against the person, possibly because there are people who have something to say against the fame of sanctity of the person."

From the beginning this is called the "diocesan phase," where the key figure in the process is the postulator.

FR. JOSE LUIS GUTIERREZ
Postulator 
"The postulator is the person, lay person or priest who follows the development of the cause and the devotion of the specific candidate. They follow the development of the diocesan phase and they are the one who presents the list of texts for or against the person used in the process."

Once the Congregation for the Causes of Saints checks that the document sent in by the diocese is correct, the "Roman phase" begins.

FR. FRANCESCO RUSSO
Postulator
"When the cause comes to Rome, as there are many ongoing cases, if there is already a miracle that has been studied and presented regarding the candidate, this causes the Congregation to give them priority."

When the cause arrives in Rome, the Congregation asks for a postulator who lives in the city to take the case. The postulator must then prove there has been a miracle through the intercession of the candidate.

The miracle is often the cure of a disease, so the Vatican investigates if it is complete, scientifically inexplicable and permanent. A medical commission, consisting of up to 50 doctors, study these miracles to make sure they meet these characteristics.

The bishops and cardinals of the Congregation must then give a positive verdict on the miracle; and the prefect makes a decree which will be confirmed by the Pope. When Pope approves, a date can be set for the beatification.

That is when the anticipated moment arrives...

The final step before canonization is proof of still another miracle, performed after the beatification and obviously attributed to the intercession of the new Blessed.


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