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NOTICE: EIGHT DECREES PROMULGATED

27 January 2018

VATICAN CITY - Yesterday, 26 January 2018, Pope Francis received Cardinal Angelo Amato, sdb, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in a private audience. In the course of the audience, the Holy Father authorized the Congregation to promulgate eight decrees regarding miracles, martyrdoms and the practice of heroic virtues. 

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NOTICE: TWELVE DECREES PROMULGATED

19 December 2017

VATICAN CITY - Yesterday, 18 December 2017, Pope Francis received Cardinal Angelo Amato, sdb, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in a private audience. In the course of the audience, the Holy Father authorized the Congregation to promulgate twelve decrees regarding miracles, a martyrdom and the practice of heroic virtues. 

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NOTICE: PROMULGATION OF INSTRUCTION RELICS IN THE CHURCH

16 December 2017

VATICAN CITY - The Vatican has published updated guidelines for preventing abuse of the relics of saints and the blessed. 

     The Instruction Relics in the Church: Authenticity and Preservation highlights the prohibition of the sale of relics, reinforces recognition protocol, states the process for obtaining certificates of authenticity and protects the consent of the heirs of the Saint or Blessed. 

     Through these instructions, the Vatican reminds that relics cannot be “displayed for the veneration of the faithful without a proper certificate of the ecclesiastical authority who guarantees their authenticity.” It also insists that relics must only be exhibited where their security is guaranteed and not in profane or unauthorized places.  Another important aspect is that relics must be “preserved and honored with a religious spirit, avoiding every type of superstition” and, above all, preventing their commercialization.

     The Instruction outlines the correct procedure when transporting relics on pilgrimages and reinforces recognition protocol involving the remains of people who could be beatified or canonized.  For example, it prohibits the dismemberment of significant body parts without permission from the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and stipulates the presence of a certified doctor and two witnesses during a relic᾽s extraction. 

     The Instruction ultimately aims to protect both relics from theft, falsification and fraudulent sale and also the faithful who devoutly venerate them. 

   To read the English text of the Apostolic Letter, click HERE.


NOTICE: EIGHT DECREES PROMULGATED

09 November 2017

VATICAN CITY - Yesterday, 08 November 2017, Pope Francis received Cardinal Angelo Amato, sdb, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in a private audience. In the course of the audience, the Holy Father authorized the Congregation to promulgate eight decrees regarding martyrdoms and the practice of heroic virtues.

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NOTICE: EIGHT DECREES PROMULGATED

10 October 2017

VATICAN CITY - Yesterday, 09 October 2017, Pope Francis received Cardinal Angelo Amato, sdb, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in a private audience. In the course of the audience, the Holy Father authorized the Congregation to promulgate eight decrees regarding a martyrdom and the practice of heroic virtues.

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NOTICE: PROMULGATION OF MAIOREM HAC DILECTIONEM

11 July 2017

VATICAN CITY - The voluntary and free offering of one’s life for others [oblatio vitae], resulting in untimely death, has become “a new cause for the beatification and canonization procedure, distinct from the causes based on martyrdom and on the heroism of virtues”

     This was established today, 11 June, when Pope Francis promulgated the Apostolic Letter Maiorem hac dilectionem.

     The decision particularly facilitates the study of the beatification causes of individuals who had lost their lives for doing an extreme act of Christian love (popularly called “martyrs of charity”), even if it cannot be easily proven that they heroically practiced virtues throughout their lives.

    The Apostolic Letter affirm that “the heroic offering of life, inspired and sustained by charity, expresses a true, complete and exemplary imitation of Christ, and thus is deserving of that admiration that the community of faithful customarily reserves to those who have voluntarily accepted martyrdom of blood or have exercised Christian virtues to a heroic degree.”

   To read the English text of the Apostolic Letter, click HERE.

   To read an elaboration of the document by Archbishop Marcello Bartolucci, Secretary of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, click HERE.


NOTICE: EIGHT DECREES PROMULGATED

07 July 2017

VATICAN CITY - This morning, 07 July 2017, Pope Francis received Cardinal Angelo Amato, sdb, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in a private audience. In the course of the audience, the Holy Father authorized the Congregation to promulgate eight decrees regarding a miracle, martyrdoms and the practice of heroic virtues.

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NOTICE: SEVEN DECREES PROMULGATED

17 June 2017

VATICAN CITY - Yesterday, 16 June, Pope Francis received Cardinal Angelo Amato, sdb, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in a private audience. In the course of the audience, the Holy Father authorized the Congregation to promulgate seven decrees regarding a martyrdom and the practice of heroic virtues.

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NOTICE: TWELVE DECREES PROMULGATED

04 May 2017

VATICAN CITY - Today, 04 May, Pope Francis received Cardinal Angelo Amato, sdb, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in a private audience. In the course of the audience, the Holy Father authorized the Congregation to promulgate twelve decrees regarding miracles, martyrdom and the practice of heroic virtues.

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NOTICE: ORDINARY PUBLIC CONSISTORY

20 April 2017

VATICAN CITY - At 10:00 a.m. today, in the Consistory Hall of the Vatican Apostolic Palace, during the celebration of midmorning prayers, Pope Francis held an ordinary public consistory for the canonization of thirty-seven Blesseds.

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NOTICE: SEVEN DECREES PROMULGATED AND APPROVAL OF VOTES FOR CANONIZATIONS

23 March 2017

VATICAN CITY - This morning, 23 March 2017, Pope Francis received in a private audience Angelo Cardinal Amato, sdb, Prefect of the Congregation of the Causes of the Saints. During the audience, the Holy Father authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate the seven decrees regarding miracles, martyrdoms and the practice of heroic virtues and approved the votes made by the Ordinary Session of the Cardinals and Bishops of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in favor of the canonization of two groups of Blesseds.

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NOTICE: EIGHT DECREES PROMULGATED

27 February 2017

VATICAN CITY - Today, 27 February, Pope Francis received Cardinal Angelo Amato, sdb, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in a private audience. In the course of the audience, the Holy Father authorized the Congregation to promulgate eight decrees regarding a martyrdom and the practice of heroic virtues.

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NOTICE: EIGHT DECREES PROMULGATED

21 January 2017

VATICAN CITY - Yesterday, 20 January, Pope Francis received Cardinal Angelo Amato, sdb,  Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in a private audience. In the course of the audience, the Holy Father authorized the Congregation to promulgate eight decrees regarding a miracle and the practice of heroic virtues.

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NOTICE: EIGHT DECREES PROMULGATED

22 December 2016

VATICAN CITY - Yesterday, 21 December, Pope Francis received Cardinal Angelo Amato, sdb,  Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in a private audience. In the course of the audience, the Holy Father authorized the Congregation to promulgate eight decrees regarding  miracles, martyrdoms and the practice of heroic virtues.

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NOTICE: TWELVE DECREES PROMULGATED

2 December 2016

VATICAN CITY - Yesterday, 1 December, Pope Francis received Cardinal Angelo Amato, sdb,  Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in a private audience. In the course of the audience, the Holy Father authorized the Congregation to promulgate twelve decrees regarding  a miracle, martyrdoms and the practice of heroic virtues.

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NOTICE: FOUR DECREES PROMULGATED

11 October 2016

VATICAN CITY - Yesterday, 10 October, Pope Francis received Cardinal Angelo Amato, sdb,  Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in a private audience. In the course of the audience, the Holy Father authorized the Congregation to promulgate four decrees regarding the practice of heroic virtues.

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NOTICE: Regulations for the Medical Board of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints

23 September 2016

VATICAN CITY - The Regulations for the Medical Board of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints was published today, signed by Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, and Archbishop Marcello Bartolucci, Secretary of the same dicastery.

“The purpose of the Regulations,” explains Archbishop Bartolucci, “can be none other than the good of the Causes, which can never neglect the historical and scientific truth of the alleged miracles. Just as it is necessary for the legal checks to be complete, convergent and reliable, it is also necessary that their study be performed with serenity, objectivity and sure competence by highly specialized Medical Experts and then, at a different level, by the Meeting of Theological Consultors and by the Session of Cardinals and Bishops, eventually reaching the decisive approval of the Holy Father, who has the exclusive competence of acknowledging an extraordinary event as a true miracle. These Regulations obviously concern only the good functioning of the Medical Board, whose task appears increasingly delicate, demanding and, thanks be to God, appreciated both inside and outside the Church.”

For an English translation of the Regulations, click HERE.


NOTICE: NINE DECREES PROMULGATED

8 July 2016

VATICAN CITY - This morning, Pope Francis received Cardinal Angelo Amato, sdb,  Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in a private audience. In the course of the audience, the Holy Father authorized the Congregation to promulgate nine decrees regarding a miracle, martyrdom and the practice of heroic virtues.

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NOTICE: ORDINARY PUBLIC CONSISTORY

20 June 2016

VATICAN CITY - At 10:00 a.m. today, in the Consistory Hall of the Vatican Apostolic Palace, during the celebration of midmorning prayers, Pope Francis held an ordinary public consistory for the canonization of five Blesseds.

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NOTICE: EIGHT DECREES PROMULGATED

14 June 2016

VATICAN CITY - This morning, Pope Francis received Cardinal Angelo Amato, sdb,  Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in a private audience. In the course of the audience, the Holy Father authorized the Congregation to promulgate eight decrees regarding martyrdom and the practice of heroic virtues.

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NOTICE: THREE DECREES PROMULGATED

10 May 2016

VATICAN CITY - Yesterday, 9 May 2016, Pope Francis received Cardinal Angelo Amato, sdb,  Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in a private audience. In the course of the audience, the Holy Father authorized the Congregation to promulgate three decrees regarding miracles and the practice of heroic virtues.

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NOTICE: TWELVE DECREES PROMULGATED

27 April 2016

VATICAN CITY - Yesterday, 26 April 2016, Pope Francis received Cardinal Angelo Amato, sdb,  Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in a private audience. In the course of the audience, the Holy Father authorized the Congregation to promulgate twelve decrees regarding miracles, martyrdom and the practice of heroic virtues.

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NOTICE: ORDINARY PUBLIC CONSISTORY

15 March 2016

VATICAN CITY - At 10:00 a.m. today, in the Consistory Hall of the Vatican Apostolic Palace, during the celebration of midmorning prayers, Pope Francis held an ordinary public consistory for the canonization of five Blesseds.

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NOTICE: Norms regarding the Administration of Assets in Causes of Beatification and Canonization 

10 March 2016

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has approved a review of the norms on "the administration of the assets of the Causes of Beatification and Canonization,” abrogating those promulgated by John Paul II, establishing among other things that the Apostolic See “assumes the costs” of a Cause during the Roman Phase with a contribution from the petitioners and “ensures that the costs and expenses are kept within limits so as not to impede progress ”. The check and balance system has been reinforced with a distinction made between “Administrator” and “Postulator”, accounting procedures have been enhanced and the role of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints as “ as the highest supervisory authority ” was given a boost. .

Pope Francis has approved the new norms which abrogated the ones currently in force, promulgated by John Paul II on 20 August 1982, during an audience with the Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin last Friday, 04 March. The norms, which are attached to a Rescript signed by the Prefect and Secretary of the Congregation for the Cause of Saints, Cardinal Angelo Amato and Archbishop Marcello Bartolucci, were published by Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano and will enter into force ad experimentum for a period of three years, starting from the date of approval .”

For an English translation of the Regulations, click HERE.


NOTICE: TWELVE DECREES PROMULGATED

04 March 2016

VATICAN CITY - Yesterday afternoon, 03 March 2016, Pope Francis received Cardinal Angelo Amato, sdb,  Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in a private audience. In the course of the audience, the Holy Father authorized the Congregation to promulgate twelve decrees regarding miracles and the practice of heroic virtues.

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NOTICE: TEN DECREES PROMULGATED

22 January 2016

VATICAN CITY - Yesterday afternoon, 21 January 2016, Pope Francis received Cardinal Angelo Amato, sdb,  Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in a private audience. In the course of the audience, the Holy Father authorized the Congregation to promulgate ten decrees regarding miracles, martyrdom and the practice of heroic virtues.

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NOTICE: FOUR DECREES PROMULGATED

18 December 2015

VATICAN CITY - Yesterday morning, 17 December 2015, Pope Francis received Cardinal Angelo Amato, sdb,  Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in a private audience. In the course of the audience, the Holy Father authorized the Congregation to promulgate four decrees regarding a miracle and the practice of heroic virtues.

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NOTICE: SEVENTEEN DECREES PROMULGATED

16 December 2015

VATICAN CITY - On Monday, 14 December 2015, Pope Francis received Cardinal Angelo Amato, sdb,  Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in a private audience. In the course of the audience, the Holy Father authorized the Congregation to promulgate seventeen decrees regarding miracles and the practice of heroic virtues.

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NOTICE: EIGHT DECREES PROMULGATED

1 October 2015

VATICAN CITY - Yesterday, 30 September 2015, Pope Francis received in a private audience Cardinal Angelo Amato, sdb, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. In the course of the audience, the Holy Father authorized the Congregation to promulgate eight decrees regarding martyrdom and the practice of heroic virtues.

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NOTICE: DECREE OF MARTYRDOM PROMULGATED

8 August 2015

VATICAN CITY - In the morning of 8 August 2015, Pope Francis received in a private audience Cardinal Angelo Amato, sdb, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. In the course of the audience, the Holy Father authorized the Congregation to promulgate a decree regarding martyrdom.

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NOTICE: EIGHT DECREES PROMULGATED

17 July 2015

VATICAN CITY - In the afternoon of 16 July 2015, Pope Francis received in a private audience Cardinal Angelo Amato, sdb, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. In the course of the audience, the Holy Father authorized the Congregation to promulgate eight decrees regarding the practice of heroic virtues.

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NOTICE: ORDINARY PUBLIC CONSISTORY

27 June 2015

VATICAN CITY - At 10:00 a.m. today, in the Consistory Hall of the Vatican Apostolic Palace, during the celebration of midmorning prayers, Pope Francis held an ordinary public consistory for the canonization of three Blesseds.

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NOTICE: EIGHT DECREES PROMULGATED

6 June 2015

VATICAN CITY - Yesterday, 5 June 2015, Pope Francis received in a private audience Cardinal Angelo Amato, sdb, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. In the course of the audience, the Holy Father authorized the Congregation to promulgate eight decrees regarding miracles, martyrdoms, and the practice of heroic virtues.

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NOTICE: CONFIRMATION OF VOTE AND ELEVEN DECREES PROMULGATED

7 May 2015

VATICAN CITY - On Tuesday, 5 May 2015, Pope Francis received in a private audience Cardinal Angelo Amato, sdb, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. In the course of the audience, the Holy Father confirmed the affirmative vote of the Ordinary Session of the Cardinals and Bishops of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints on the proximate canonization of Blessed Junípero Serra and authorized the Congregation to promulgate eleven decrees regarding miracles, martyrdom, and the practice of heroic virtues.

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NOTICE: EIGHT DECREES PROMULGATED

18 March 2015

VATICAN CITY - Today, 18 March 2015,  Pope Francis received in a private audience Cardinal Angelo Amato, sdb,, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, during which he authorized the Congregation to promulgate eight decrees regarding a miracle and the practice of heroic virtues.

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NOTICE: SAINT GREGORY OF NAREK - DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH

23 February 2015

VATICAN CITY - On Saturday, 21 February 2015, Pope Francis received in a private audience Cardinal Angelo Amato, sdb,, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. During the same audience, the Holy Father confirmed the affirmative vote of the plenary session of the cardinals and bishops of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, on the title of Doctor of the Universal Church which will soon be given to Saint Gregory of Narek, monk and priest, born in Andzevatsik (then in Armenia, now Turkey) at about 950 and died in Narek (then in Armenia, now Turkey) at about 1005.

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NOTICE: ORDINARY PUBLIC CONSISTORY

14 February 2015

VATICAN CITY - At 11 a.m. today in the Vatican Basilica, Pope Francis celebrated an Ordinary Public Consistory during which he created twenty new cardinals.  At the end of the rite, Cardinal Angelo Amato, sdb,, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, addressed the Holy Father to request that three Blesseds be inscribed in the Book of Saints.

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NOTICE: THREE DECREES PROMULGATED

3 February 2015

VATICAN CITY - Today, 3 February 2015,  Pope Francis received in a private audience Cardinal Angelo Amato, sdb,, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, during which he authorized the Congregation to promulgate three decrees regarding martyrdoms, and the practice of heroic virtues.

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NOTICE: ELEVEN DECREES PROMULGATED

22 January 2015

VATICAN CITY - Yesterday afternoon, 22 January 2015,  Pope Francis received in a private audience Cardinal Angelo Amato, sdb,,, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, during which he authorized the Congregation to promulgate eleven decrees regarding a miracle,  martyrdoms, and the practice of heroic virtues.

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