CNA Staff, May 22, 2021 / 05:55 am
Pope Francis on Saturday advanced the causes of seven people, including a missionary to China and a sister killed by Maoist guerrillas.
The pope authorized the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints to issue seven new decrees during a May 22 meeting with the congregation’s prefect, Cardinal Marcello Semeraro.
The pope recognized the heroic virtues of Fr. Mariano Gazpio, a Spanish member of the Order of Augustinian Recollects. The step means that Gazpio can now be referred to as “Venerable.”
Heroic virtue is one of the requirements for beatification in the Catholic Church. A verified miracle attributed to the candidate’s intercession is also usually required.