- May 10, 2021
On Saturday, with Pope Francis’ greenlight, the Catholic Church declared Enrique Shaw venerable, meaning he’s two miracles away from being declared a saint.
Though it’s not the foundation of his beatification cause, there’s a heart-breaking papal footnote to Prime Minister Aldo Moro’s kidnapping. He was a lifelong friend of Pope Paul VI, and during those agonizing 55 days, the aging pontiff tried to move heaven and earth to secure his friend’s release.
With the release of a film biography of Blessed Franz Jagerstatter, the conscientious objector who was martyred by the Nazis, Orbis Books is reissuing its 10-year-old collection of the Austrian farmer’s letters and other writings from prison.
The cause for 48 victims of a terrorist attack on a church in Baghdad has been completed.
“He didn’t see the teachings of the Church and of our conscience in conflict with each other. And he himself expressed his unshakable belief in the infallibility of the pope,” said Father Ignatius Harrison, the Provost of the Birmingham Oratory, founded by Newman, and the postulator of his sainthood cause said about Cardinal Newman.
Following this week’s announcement that the cause for sainthood for celebrated writer Gilbert Keith Chesterton would not go forward in his home diocese, Dale Ahlquist, an expert on the author, said this stall illustrates how difficult it can be to get laypeople to the altar.
Archbishop Eduardo Martin of Rosario, Argentina, told reporters that a person is only declared a saint for “eminently religious reasons,” and no others.
Since the beginning of his pontificate, one of the things Pope Francis has advocated for most vocally is a less clerical Church with a greater involvement of laypeople. In this spirit, a Rome conference has higlighted the increasing number of laypeople being put forward for sainthood, focusing on six concrete examples.