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BY John Lilly
John Paul to
Proclaim More Saints
AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, Feb. 17 — Pope John Paul II
will proclaim five more saints at a consistory of cardinals next week, the
Vatican told the French news service.
will increase the total during his pontificate to 487.
five new saints include two Poles, Jozef Bilczewski (1860-1923), a bishop in John Paul’s native
country, and Zygmunt Gorazdowski
(1845-1920), a priest who founded the order of the sisters of Saint Joseph,
Italian Gaetano Catanoso
(1879-1963), who founded the order of the sisters of Saint Veronica, Chilean
Jesuit Alberto Hurtado Cruchaga
(1901-1952), and a Cypriot Franciscan friar, Felice da Nicosia (1715-1785).
Pope has declared 1,338 beatifications, the first step towards sainthood, since
he took office in October 1978, the report said.
Condolences to Prime Minister’s Family
ASIANEWS, Feb. 15 — Apostolic Nuncio Luigi Gatti offered condolences to the family of slain Lebanese
Prime Minister Rafik Hariri,
who was killed Feb. 14 by a car-bomb.
Gatti went to the Hariri
home, located in the central area of West Beirut, accompanied by Archeparch Gregorios III Laham, Greek-Melkite patriarch of
Damascus, according to Asianews. Hariri
had maintained close ties with the Christian world and the Vatican.
Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah
Sfeir, who also accompanied Msgr. Gatti
to the Hariri home, said in a Feb. 15 statement,
“This crime goes against our traditions . . . His legacy will be kept alive in
Hariri died at the
age of 60. He had resigned Oct. 20, 2004, after weeks of tension and a
political impasse related to a constitutional amendment, considered to be the
result of Syrian pressure, which extended President Emile Lahoud’s
administration, the report said.
Miracle Bears Closer Look
HONOLULU ADVERTISER, Feb. 15 — The cure of a Hawaiian woman’s cancer
attributed to Blessed Father Damien may have had help from another divine
source, according to the Hawaii newspaper
that in mind, Father Emilio Vega Garcia, postulator for the cause of Father
Damien, will convene a tribunal to reinvestigate a miracle upon which Damien’s
cause for sainthood is based. The woman, whose cancerous tumor reportedly
regressed suddenly after prayers to Damien, is still alive, but her name has
not been released, the paper reported.
Downes, spokesman for the Catholic Diocese of
Honolulu, said the tribunal likely will take several weeks while the testimony
of doctors and witnesses is taken.
was beatified in 1995, which gives him the title “blessed.” Another
substantiated miracle is needed for him to become a saint.
plan is to re-interview witnesses and send the results back to Rome, the report
Downes said the tribunal
is a matter of gathering more information the Vatican wants, to move along the
process of sainthood.