- May 29, 2020
Pope Francis advanced the sainthood causes of one woman and four men, including an Italian millennial who dedicated his brief life to spreading faith and happiness to his peers.
Italian Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes, denied allegations that money earmarked for helping the poor was used to invest in a London property deal.
Pope Francis recognized the martyrdom of six religious priests and brothers and seven laypeople who were killed in the 20th century “in hatred of the faith,” clearing the way for their beatification.
Pope Francis advanced the sainthood cause of Bishop Ovide Charlebois — a Canadian Missionary Oblate of Mary Immaculate who ministered to First Nations peoples and migrant workers scattered throughout the vast, lake-covered province of Manitoba.
In the Italian media, the Vatican official seemingly being presented as the fall guy for the latest Vatican financial scandal is Cardinal Angelo Becciu, currently the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, who was the number two official in the Secretariat of State when the transaction was initially made and who oversaw much of its subsequent history.