Pope Signs New Decrees of Canonization and Beatification

Pope Francis has authorized the promulgation of a decree for the canonization of three Blessed and the beatification of seven others 

Newsroom (12/04/2022 1:15 PM, Gaudium Press) Last April 9, Pope Francis received Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

During the meeting, Francis signed the decree recognizing a miracle and the martyrdom of 3 beatified, as well as the recognition of the heroic virtues of 7 more people, a necessary step for the opening of the beatification process.

Three future canonizations

Among the future canonized is the Italian layman: Artemide Zatti. Beatified in 2002 by St. John Paul II. Artemide migrated to Argentina during his adolescence. At 17, he met the Salesians and decided to enter the congregation. He dedicated himself entirely to the sick and took responsibility for a Salesian hospital, where he served as vice-director, administrator and even nurse. Artemide died in 1951 from a tumor. The miracle attributed to him dates back to 2016, it is the miraculous healing of a father of a family in the Philippines.

The new decree also confirms the martyrdom of two Italian priests, Fr. Giuseppe Bernardi and Fr. Mario Ghibaudo, who were executed during Nazism in 1943. After the armistice of 1943, the Piedmontese town of Boves was still a passage for German troops. The two diocesan priests were trying to help and comfort the inhabitants of the area when they were murdered by the SS.

Future Blessed

The other seven people who had their beatification decree authorized are the servants of God:

Martino Fulgenzio Elorza Legaristi (1899-1966), Spanish Bishop.

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Francesco Costantino Mazzieri (1889-1983), Italian and Bishop in Zambia.

Lucia Noiret (1832-1899) French and founder of the Servants of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Casimira Gruszczyńska (1848-1927), born in present-day Poland, founded the congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of the Afflicted. In 1922, she received the medal “Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice” from Pope Pius XI.

Aurora Calvo Hernández-Agero (1901-1933), Spanish laywoman and catechist.

Rosalia Celak (1901-1944), Polish laywoman who dedicated her life to the sick.

Maria Aristea Ceccarelli (1883-1971), Italian laywoman who suffered a lot with her family and dedicated her life to visiting the sick. (FM)

Compiled by Teresa Joseph


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