Sunday, May 1, 2011

Blessed to worship, and soon, holy

Turbobeato, in a process of the fastest express the bi-millennial history of the Catholic Church. Tomorrow the Pope John Paul II will be elevated to the status of Blessed just six years and 29 days after his death on April 2, 2005. Exceeds fifteen days Teresa of Calcutta and is placed just behind some other elected, like Francis of Assisi, raised to the altars in 1228, two years after his death.

The Pope Wojtyla is halfway to the ultimate goal of holiness. And is that the canonization process has three steps: venerable, blessed and holy. Venerable is the title given to a dead person who has lived the Christian virtues "in a heroic way." To be beatified is a venerable need a miracle has occurred due to his intercession.

A miracle has to pass the filter of a special canonical instruction, including those of a committee of doctors and theologians. Blessed One can only worship in the area where he was born or exercised its work. In this case, in Krakow and Rome. Is necessary for canonization another miracle attributed to the intercession of the blessed and made after his beatification.

The saint is credited with universal worship and becomes public model for believers around the world. In case of martyrdom, that is, those who died for not renouncing the Catholic faith, no miracle is required to be beatified, but to be canonized. To start a process of beatification, the Code of Canon Law requires that after a period of five years from the death of the faithful, even the Pope has the prerogative to bypass that rule.

They did, in fact, John Paul II with Mother Teresa of Calcutta and Pope Benedict XVI Pope John Paul II. In the past 10 centuries of the Catholic Church Blessed Pope proclaimed any of its predecessor. Pope Ratzinger will do with his friend the Pope Wojtyla. One month after the death of John Paul II, Benedict XVI put him on the starting grid of the beatification process.

From June 2005 to April 2007, the diocesan investigation was conducted and the Warrants in another diocese on the life, virtues and reputation for holiness and miracles of Pope John Paul II. In June 2009, examined the relative positive instrument that collects all documents relating to the case-, nine theological consultants of the Congregation of the Causes of Saints gave their positive opinion about the virtues of the Servant of God, following the usual procedure.

On December 19, 2009, Benedict XVI authorized the promulgation of the decree of heroic virtues. One of the keys in the speed of the process lies in the speed with which the miracle occurred. The application of the case presented Cure Parkinson's, the same illness of Pope Wojtyla, the French nun Marie Simon Pierre Normand, the Institute of the Sisters of Catholic Motherhood, a few months after the death of the Pope.

After studying with the usual thoroughness of testing and documentation of the entire process, experts spoke in favor of scientifically inexplicable healing. Finally, on January 11, 2011, held its regular meeting of cardinals and bishops of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, which issued a unanimous ruling in the affirmative on the miraculous cure of Sister Marie Simon Pierre.

Once beatified it will require verification of another miracle that John Paul II declared it holy and to reach the "glory of the altars around the world.

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