Vatican acts to rein in the high cost of sainthood

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Cardinal Angelo Amato, head of the Vatican’s saint-making office, announced the change during a meeting Monday of postulators, the officials who shepherd sainthood cases through the lengthy investigations of would-be saints’ lives and miracles.

He said postulators must now abide by a “reference price” to curb overall expenditure and make the process more equitable for less well-funded cases.

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Editor’s note: They could save a lot of money by simply canceling the process for Pope John XXIII, Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II.

Beginning of the End – April 27, 2014?

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Vatican City (AFP) – The Vatican on Monday said late popes John Paul II and John XXIII would be made saints at an unprecedented joint ceremony on April 27, 2014 in a bid to unite Catholic conservatives and liberals.

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Editor’s note: Everybody likes a good party! When highly placed churchmen get caught up … not in the Spirit of Vatican II – or in the Divine, Holy Spirit – but in the Spirit of the World … anything can happen … and often does. Watch and pray!

JPII Canonization: Love the saintly pope – hate the saintly pope’s sins?

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There are many reasons why Pope John Paul II was so loved by the modern world. The core reason, in my opinion, is because of a central aspect of his New Evangelization — a new approach that cut him loose from the one hard truth that made all pre-Vatican II popes unpopular. Unburdened by this fundamental truth, he could easily mix with men of all religions, and of no religion, with little fear of invoking their displeasure.

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On the day of Pope John Paul II’s death, I received a phone call from a young lady in New Zealand, a friend of the family. She presently works in a situation where she interacts with Muslims and Hindus. When she tells these non-Catholics, with gentleness and charity, they must convert to the one true Catholic Church to save their souls, the Muslims and Hindus laugh at her. “Your Pope doesn’t believe that”, they cackle, referring to John Paul II, “Your Pope doesn’t teach that. Your Pope’s interfaith actions don’t convey that. Your Pope prays with the Dalai Lama and with Hindus. Your Pope visits mosques and kisses the Koran. You are out-of-step with your own Pope. Why should we listen to you?”

Two Catholic young men of my acquaintance, debating with a Protestant Minister, were likewise laughed to scorn when they in-formed the Protestant he must become Catholic to be saved. “What?”, said the Protestant, “You obviously don’t read the writings of your own Pope. He prays with Protestants. He praises Martin Luther as a man of ‘deep religiousness’. He calls Protestants ‘disciples of Christ’. He never says it is necessary to become Catholic for salvation.”

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Church politics and Pope John XXIII: Sainthood to be declared by “waiver”.

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Interesting facts you probably didn’t know about Mother Teresa

Here’s a quick Blessed Mother Teresa primer, emphasizing the stuff that you probably don’t know, some of which we only learned recently.

1. She was born a rich girl.

Born in 1910, Mother Teresa came from money at least by the standards of her native Skopje, Macedonia. Her parents were so well-off that there was a local saying “as generous as the Bojaxhius.” (Her last name was Bojaxhiu; her given first name was Agnes.)

Agnes was cultured and well-educated: She wrote poetry and played the mandolin. Her family took in orphans and she tagged along as her mother went out to tend to the destitute. All of this challenges the notion of pre-saints as nasty, or no better than average, until God flicks a switch (think Paul, pre-Damascus).

In Agnes’ case, if God flicked a switch, he had clearly laid the circuitry carefully beforehand.

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Inspiring, modern saint story: “Not only do I get a miracle and get to be saved, now I get to meet the pope.”

Glisson was expected to die or be severely disabled due to brain injuries suffered March 15, 2002, in a roller-blading accident on Baltimore Pike in Springfield.

“I didn’t expect him to survive,” said Dr. Richard Buonocore of Newtown Square, the neurosurgeon who, with a trauma team at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland, operated on the 21-year-old twice within 12 hours of his accident.

While his parents, Donna and William Glisson Sr., kept a bedside vigil in Crozer’s intensive care unit where he was on a respirator, a family friend, Noreen Yoder of Thornbury, took his cause to a higher power. Now director of the Widener University Child Development Center in Chester, Yoder was a former staff member at Don Guanella, so she informed the community there about the comatose young man’s need for a miracle.

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L’Osservatore Romano to nominate Steve Jobs for sainthood?

L’Osservatore Romano has acknowledged the enormous influence of Steve Jobs, the legendary founder of Apple Computer, who died on October 5 at the age of 56.

Jobs was not simply a computer technician or entrepreneur, but “a visionary that united technology and art,” the Vatican newspaper said. While history will assess the ultimate value of his contributions, L’Osservatore said, he was undoubtedly a major figure in “a revolution of culture, mentality, and customs.”

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