(Vatican Radio) A number of causes for canonization were advanced on Tuesday, including
an Italian diocesan priest. A miracle attributed to Blessed Alfonso Maria Fusco clears
the way for his canonization.
Another miracle, attributed to the intercession of the Venerable John Sullivan,
an Irish Jesuit, was also recognized.
The decrees also recognize the martyrdom of several victims of Communism, including
the Servants of God Fr José Antón Gómez, OSB, along with three other Benedictine priests,
who were killed during the Spanish civil war; and Archbishop Nikollë Vinçenc Prennushi
of Durrës (Durazzo), and 37 companions, killed under the Communist regime in Albania
between 1945 and 1974. Pope Francis honoured the martyrs of Albania during his visit
to that country in 2014.
Another country recently visited by the the Holy Father also saw one of its sons
advanced along the path toward canonization, as the Congregation recognized the heroic
virtues of Father Thomas Choe Yang-Eop, a Korean priest.
Below, please find Vatican Radio's translation of the announcement of the promulgation
of decrees concerning the Causes of Saints:
Pope Francis on Tuesday received in private audience
Cardinal Angelo Amato, S.D.B., the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.
During the audience, the Holy Father authorized the Congregation to promulgate
the following decrees regarding:
- the miracle, attributed to the intercession of Blessed Alfonso Maria Fusco, diocesan
Priest, Founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of St John the Baptist; born 23
March 1839, died 6 February 1910;
- the miracle, attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God John
Sullivan, professed Priest of the Society of Jesus; born 8 May 1861, died 19 February
- the martyrdom of the Servant of God Nikollë Vinçenc Prennushi, of the Order of
Friars Minor, Archbishop of Durrës (Durazzo), and 37 companions, killed between 1945
- the martyrdom of the Servant of God José Antón Gómez, and three companions, priests
of the Order of St Benedict, killed in 1936;
- the heroic virtue of the Servant of God Thomas Choe Yang-Eop, diocesan Priest;
born 1 March 1821, died 15 June 1861;
- the heroic virtue of the Servant of God Sosio Del Prete (né Vincenzo), professed
Priest of the Order of Friars Minor, Founder of the Congregation of Little Handmaids
of Christ the King; born 28 December 1885, died 27 January 1952;
- the heroic virtue of the Servant of God Venantius Katarzyniec (né Joseph), professed
Priest of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual; born 7 October 1889, died 31 March
- the heroic virtue of the Servant of God Maria Consiglio dello Spirito Santo (née
Emilia Pasqualina Addatis), Foundress of the Congregation of Sister Servants of the
Sorrowful Mother; born 5 January 1845, died 11 January 1900;
- the heroic virtue of the Servant of God María de la Encarnación (née Caterina
Carrasco Tenorio), Foundress of the Sisters of the Third Order of Saint Francis of
the Rebaño de María; born 24 March 1840, died 24 November 1917;
- the heroic virtue of the Servant of God Maria Laura Baraggia, Foundress of the
Sisters of the Family of the Sacred Heart of Jesus; born 1 May 1851, died 18 December
- the heroic virtue of the Servant of God Ilia Corsaro, Foundress of the Little
Missionaries of the Eucharist; born 4 October 1897, died 23 March 1977;
- the heroic virtue of the Servant of God María Montserrat Grases García, Laywoman,
of the Personal Prelature of the Holy Cross and of Opus Dei; born 10 July
1941, died 26 March 1959.