Paul VI and Italian Order Founder Move Closer to Sainthood

French Mother, Jesuit and Italian Priest to Become Venerable

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Pope Francis has signed a decree affirming the authenticity of miracle performed at the intercession of his predecessor Pope Paul VI, the Vatican announced Saturday.

The decree means the former pope will be beatified and the ceremony will take place October 19, 2014, at the conclusion of the Synod of Bishops meeting on the family, the Vatican said.

Giovanni Battista Montini was born on 26th September 1897 in Concesio, Italy, and died on 6 August 1978 in Castel Gandolfo. He was Supreme Pontiff from 1963 to 1978.

At the private audience on Friday with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, the Pope also authorized the congregation to promulgate decrees on the following causes: 


— the Venerable Servant of God Luigi Caburlotto, Italian diocesan priest, founder of the Institute of the Daughters of St. Joseph. (1817-1897)

Heroic virtue:

The Pontiff recognized the heroic virtue of three Servants of God, two priests and a mother, who are now given the title “venerable.”

— Giacomo Abbondo, Italian diocesan priest. (1720-1788)

— Giacinto Alegre Pujals, Spanish Jesuit priest. (1874-1930)

— Carla Barbara Colchen Carré de Malberg, French mother of a family and founder of the Society of the Daughters of St. Francis de Sales. (1829-1891)


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