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Miracles set eight on path to beatification

The Vatican has recognised the miracles needed to beatify eight people, including four Poles the Pope might beatify in his homeland next month.

The beatifications of the Polish archbishop, two priests and one nun during the trip have not been announced formally, but a Vatican official said they were likely to be included.

Rome has also published decrees recognising miracles attributed to one Spanish and two Italian nuns who founded religious orders as well as the miracle needed for the beatification of Hungarian Prince Ladislaw Batthyany-Strattman, a physician who founded two hospitals to care for the poor.

The recognition of a miracle, usually a healing for which there is no medical explanation, is the last step needed before beatification. Another miracle is needed for canonisation.

The candidates are are:

Archbishop Zygmunt Felice Felinski of Warsaw,1822-1895, founder of the Franciscan Sisters of the Family of Mary who worked among the poor farmers of Ukraine and Poland.
Fr Jan Adalbert Balicki,1869-1948 who was professor of theology and rector of the seminary in Przemysl.
Jesuit Father Jan Beyzym, 1850-1912, who worked among lepers in Madagascar.
Sr Sanzia Szymkowiak, 1910-1942, of the Seraphic Sisters, who nursed soldiers injured in World War II.
Italian Sr Eugenia Ravasco, founder of the Daughters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. She died in 1900.
Sr Juana Maria Condesa Lluch, who founded the Handmaids of the Immaculate Conception to care for young girls working in Spanish factories. She died in 1916.
Italian Sr Maria Domenica Mantovani, co-founder and first superior of the Little Sisters of the Holy Family. She died in 1934.

The Universe

16 Jul 2002