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Call for canonisation for Archbishop Fulton Sheen

The cause for sainthood for the most popular TV bishop in the United States got a significant push on Monday when hundreds gathered for the a Mass to mark the 25th anniversary of the death of Archbishop Fulton Sheen.

In the homily Msgr. John E. Kozar, who as national director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith holds a post the archbishop once did, said those participating in the Mass had come together to "celebrate his legacy" and "pray for the cause of his canonization."

"It's like a kickoff, so to speak, with a liturgy," said Msgr. Kozar. "It's a public announcement in the most fitting way."

Archbishop Sheen became a household name with his Emmy Award-winning half-hour program, "Life is Worth Living." He was one of the first priests to use television to educate and inspire and drew 25 million viewers of all faiths every week.

But he was more than a TV personality. His mix of solid theology, simple wisdom, persuasive language and Irish sense of humor, won many converts to Catholicism, including Henry Ford II.

In 2002, the Vatican declared Archbishop Sheen a Servant of God. This allows his supporters to prepare and submit a detailed report about his life, teachings and writings, and at least two miracles attributed to him.

Faithful spark cause for canonization for Archbishop Fulton Sheen (Catholic News Agency 14/12/04)
New York Mass marks 25th anniversary of Archbishop Sheen's death (Catholic News Service 14/12/04)

Official Site for the Cause of Canonization of Servant of God Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Bishop Fulton Sheen's cause for sainthood advances (CathNews 12/9/02)

15 Dec 2004