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Cardinal Newman miracle recognized; Mindszenty cause also moves forward


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Kathleen N. Hattrup - published on 02/13/19

And a nun of India known for her preferential love for the poor ready for canonization: Blessed Mariam Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan

Another miracle attributed to the intercession of Cardinal John Henry Newman has been recognized, the last step on his path to canonization as a saint.

The medically inexplicable healing took place in Chicago in 2013, with the archdiocese conducting the investigation. A pregnant woman was suffering from severe, unstoppable internal bleeding, threatening the life of her child. She asked Newman’s intercession and the bleeding stopped immediately and completely.

Cardinal Newman is well known for many things, including his Idea of a University, which led to his name being given to the “Newman Centers” on college campuses. He also has important writings on the importance of conscience and the development of doctrine.

Newman was born in 1801 and died in 1890. He spent the first half of his life as an Anglican, and converted to Catholicism in 1845.

He was one of the leading figures of the Oxford Movement that originated at Oxford University in 1833, which sought to link the Anglican Church more closely to the Roman Catholic Church.

As a Catholic priest, he founded the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in Edgbaston, England.

Pope Benedict XVI beatified Cardinal Newman during his trip to England in 2010. The miracle for his beatification occurred in 2001, when a man suffering from a spinal disorder was instantaneously and inexplicably freed from all pain, and was suddenly able to stand, walk, and live normally.

Cardinal Mindszenty

Another big recognition came in the case of the Hungarian Servant of God Cardinal Joseph Mindszenty. Pope Francis recognized his heroic virtue, meaning he’s given the title of Venerable.

The cardinal (1892-1975) led the Church in Hungary during Soviet occupation. He was convicted of treason by the Communists and spent eight years in prison. He eventually was able to seek refuge in the American embassy in Budapest where he lived for 15 years.

Read more:
Another Miracle of Padre Pio: He Visited Cardinal Mindszenty in Prison

And India

Pope Francis also recognized another miracle, clearing the way for the canonization of Blessed Mariam Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan of India, the foundress of the Congregation of the Holy Family (CHF).

The nun belonging to the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church was born in 1876 and died in 1926.

She is known for her extraordinary charity, especially a preferential love for the poorest of the poor.

She was declared venerable in 1999 and was beatified in 2000 by John Paul II.

The other decrees on the causes of saints are as follows:

– the martyrdom of the Ecuadoran Servant of God, Victor Emilio Moscoso Cárdenas, a Jesuit priest.  He was born in Cuenca (Ecuador) on 21 April, 1846 and killed, in hatred of the Faith, in Riobamba (Ecuador) on May 4, 1897.

– the heroic virtues of the Italian Servant of God John Baptist Zuaboni, a diocesan priest, founder of the Secular Institute Society of the Holy Family.  He was born in Vestone on 24 January 1880 and died in Brescia (Italy) on 12 December 1939.

– the heroic virtues of Spanish Servant of God Emanuele García Nieto, a Jesuit priest.  He was born in Macotera (Spain) on April 5, 1894 and died in Comillas (Spain) on 13 April,1974.

– the heroic virtues of Italian Servant of God Serafina Formai (born: Letizia), founder of the Missionary Sisters of the Good News.  She was born in Casola Lunigiana (Italy) on 28 August 1876 and died in Pontremoli (Italy) on 1 June 1954.

– the heroic virtues of Colombian Servant of God Maria Berenice Duque Hencker (born: Ana Julia), foundress of the Little Sisters of the Annunciation.  She was born in Salamis (Colombia) on 14 August, 1898 and died in Medellín (Colombia) on July 25, 1993.


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