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  • Before proclaiming martyrs, the waiting game is needed

    Before proclaiming martyrs, the waiting game is needed

    Many of those killed in attacks targeting Christians were simply going about their daily affairs when the bomb went off, or the mob arrived. Some of them professed their faith, or at least did not deny it, before death, while others died without even knowing what was happening to them. Before the Church proclaims them all martyrs, the Church needs time to permit a fuller picture of the candidate to emerge. Waiving the mandatory five-year waiting period before opening a cause for canonization makes it harder to do that.

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  • Samurai martyr beatified in Japan

    Samurai martyr beatified in Japan

    Takayama Ukon, a 17th century Catholic Samurai and martyr, was beatified during a Mass in ‎Osaka, Japan. Pope Francis declared Ukon a martyr in 2016, since he demonstrated “a great fidelity to the Christian vocation, persevering despite all difficulties,” a general postulator of the Society of Jesus said.

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  • New York court rules Fulton Sheen remains should go to Peoria

    New York court rules Fulton Sheen remains should go to Peoria

    A New York State judge has ruled, “The petitioner (Joan Sheen Cunningham) is granted the right to remove the remains of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen from St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York … to St. Mary’s Cathedral (in Peoria).”

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