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  • New method for declaring saints welcome in an age of Christian persecution

    New method for declaring saints welcome in an age of Christian persecution

    • Jul 19, 2017

    Pope Francis’s ‘Mairoem hac dilectionem’ does not create another category of martyrdom, but an alternative category. Martyrs, for example, do not require a miracle for beatification; oblatio vitae cases still do. On the other hand, candidates for beatification are required to have lived a life of “heroic virtue.” The oblatio vitae category requires a life of “ordinary virtue,” which should be reasonably easy to demonstrate for anyone proposed for beatification.

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