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Ruini says he will open sainthood cause for murdered priest


Cardinal Camillo Ruini, papal vicar for Rome, said he intends to open a cause for the sainthood of Fr Andrea Santoro, the Italian missionary murdered in Turkey eight days ago.

"In the process for beatification and canonisation I intend to open, we will respect fully all of the rules and times of the church, but already I am internally persuaded that all of the elements of Christian martyrdom are present in the sacrifice of Fr Andrea," Cardinal Ruini said on Friday as he celebrated the priest's funeral.

Catholic News Service reports that Fr Santoro, a priest of the Diocese of Rome who had worked in Turkey since 2000, was shot and killed last Sunday as he prayed in St. Mary Church in the Black Sea coastal city of Trebizond. Turkish police arrested a 16-year-old male in connection with the murder.

Church rules would require Cardinal Ruini to wait five years before opening the official process to have Father Santoro declared a martyr, a formal recognition that he was killed out of hatred for his faith.

SOURCE
Rome cardinal says he will open sainthood cause for murdered priest (Catholic News Service 10/2/06)

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13 Feb 2006