Instruction on Saints’ Causes Due Out Monday
VATICAN CITY, FEB. 13, 2008 (Zenit.org).- "Sanctorum Mater," concerning norms regulating the opening of saints’ causes, will be presented Monday, the Vatican announced today.
The document, from the Congregation for Saints’ Causes, will be presented by the dicastery’s prefect, Cardinal José Saraiva Martins, accompanied by the secretary and under-secretary.
A supplement, "Index Ac Status Causarum," will be presented at the same time.
Cardinal Saraiva Martins, told the Italian ANSA news agency that the document aims to guide bishops "in the new spirit introduced by Benedict XVI."
The new document has "certain instructions on how to proceed in the examination of the admissibility of new cases, and about what to do to concretely begin and carry forward the diocesan phase of the process," Cardinal Saraiva Martins told L’Osservatore Romano last month. "It involves very important innovations, capable of effectively highlighting the theology of the local Church as it was energetically reaffirmed by the Second Vatican Council."