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Pope clears way for more canonisations, beatifications

Decrees clearing the way for the proclamation of four saints and 12 blessed - almost all from the 20th century - were promulgated Tuesday in the presence of John Paul II.

Among those to be canonised is Blessed María Maravillas de Jesús (1891-1974), who played a key role in the Order of Discalced Carmelites. She founded 10 convents in Spain and one in India. The miracle that opened the way to her canoniation concerns five year old Argentinian Manuel Vilar, who recovered from a swimming pool drowning accident after being declared clinically dead.

Also among the future saints is Blessed Genoveva Torres Morales (1870-1956), an orphan who as a child lost a leg through amputation. Despite these difficulties, she founded the Congregation of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and of the Holy Angels, the Angelicas, who are dedicated to helping the elderly.

The Holy Father also approved a miracle that occurred in 1989, which makes canonisation possible for Jesuit Fr José María Rubio (1864-1929), apostle of Madrid's poorest neighborhoods. The other blessed named for canonisation is Orsola Ledochowska (1865-1939), nee Giulia Maria, Austrian, foundress of the Congregation of the Ursuline Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Agony.

Among the 12 to be declared blessed, five are martyrs, including three Bulgarians and two Ugandans.


26 Apr 2002