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Pope Moves Eight Closer to Sainthood

Declarations of Heroic Virtue Approved

On feature2June 11, 2019, the Holy Father Francis received in audience His Eminence Cardinal Angelo Becciu, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. During the audience, the Supreme Pontiff authorized the same Congregation to promulgate the Decrees regarding:

– the martyrdom of the Servants of God Maria Colón Gullón Yturriaga and two companions, laypeople, killed in hatred of the faith in Pola de Somiedo, Spain, on 28 October 1936;

– the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Augustus Tolton, diocesan priest, born in Brush Creek, United States of America, on 1 April 1854 and died in Chicago, United States of America, on 9 July 1897;

– the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Enzo Boschetti, diocesan priest, born in Costa de’ Nobili, Italy on 19 November 1939 and died in Valcamonica, Italy on 15 February 1993;

– the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Felice Tantardini, brother of the Pontifical Institute for the Foreign Missions, born in Introbio, Italy on 28 June 1898 and died in Taunggy, Myanmar on 23 March 1991;

– the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Giovanni Nadiani, converted layperson of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament; born in Santa Maria Nuova, Italy on 20 February 1885 and died in Bergamo, Italy on 6 January 1940;

– the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Rosario della Visitazione (né Maria Beatrice Rosario Arroyo), founder of the Congregation of Dominican Sisters of the Holy Rosary, born in Molo, Philippines on 17 February 1884 and died there on 14 June 1957;

– the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Maria Paola Muzzeddu, founder of the Company of the Daughters of “Mater Purissima”, born in Aggius, Italy on 26 February 1913 and died there on 12 August 1971;

– the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Maria Santina Collani, professed sister of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy, born in Isorella, Italy on 2 March 1914 and died in Borgo d’Ale, Italy on 22 December 1956.

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