Thursday, June 28, 2012

Archbishop Fulton Sheen moves closer to sainthood

For me growing up Fulton J. Sheen was the archetype of a Bishop.

Story here

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday (June 28) recognized Archbishop Fulton Sheen's "heroic virtues," moving the popular radio and TV evangelist one step closer to sainthood.

Sheen is now "venerable" in the Roman Catholic Church and, if the Vatican recognizes that a miracle has been operated through his intercession, he would be declared "blessed," the last step before sainthood.

The acknowledgment of Sheen came in a decree signed by Benedict after a meeting with Cardinal Angelo Amato, head of the Vatican office that oversees sainthood causes. The decree recognizes that the fiercely anti-Nazi and anti-Communist bishop practiced virtue to a "heroic" degree.

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