Decrees for the Causes of Saints

Some time ago it was reported that the Congregation for Causes of Saints sent to the Holy Father its decision about the heroic virtue of Servant of God Eugenio Pacelli, Pope Pius XII. When the Congregation sends up their Decretum super virtutibus, it requires the approval of the Holy Father.

I see in the VIS that the Holy Father approved some decrees, but not that of Pius XII. I don’t think we should read too much into this, but it is interesting.


VATICAN CITY, JUL 6, 2007 (VIS) – Today in the Vatican, the Holy Father received in private audience Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins C.M.F., prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, and authorized the promulgation of decrees concerning the following causes:


– Blessed Gaetano Errico, Italian priest and founder of the Congregation of the Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary (1791-1860).

– Blessed Maria Bernarda Butler (nee Verena), Swiss foundress of the Congregation of the Missionary Franciscan Sisters of Mary Help of Christians (1848-1924).

– Servant of God Maria Rosa Flesch (ne Margherita), German foundress of the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of Saint Mary of the Angels (1826-1906).

– Servant of God Servant of God Candelaria de San Jose (nee Susana Paz Castillo Ramirez), Venezuelan religious and foundress of the Congregation of the Carmelite Sisters of the Third Regular Order of Venezuela (1863-1940).

– Servant of God Marta Maria Wiecka, Polish professed sister of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul (1874-1904).

– Servant of God Giuseppina Nicoli, Italian sister of the Society of the Daughters of Charity (1863-1924).

– Servant of God Ceferino Namuncura, Argentinean layman, student of the Soceity of St. Francis of Sales (1886-1905).


– Blesseds Antonio Primaldo and lay companions, killed in hatred of the faith at Otranto, Italy on August 13, 1480.


– Servant of God Marco Antonio Barbarigo, Italian cardinal of Holy Roman Church and bishop of Montefiascone and Corneto (1640-1706).

– Servant of God Luca Prassi, Italian diocesan priest and founder of the Institute of Sisters of St. Dorothy (1789-1866).

– Servant of God Ignacia of the Holy Spirit, Filipino foundress of the Congregation of Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary (1663-1748).

– Servant of God Maria Leopoldina Naudet, Italian foundress of the Congregation of Sisters of the Holy Family of Verona (1773-1834).

– Servant of God Santina di Gesu Scribano (nee Emaneula Giovanna), Italian professed religious of the Institute of Sisters of the Sacred Heart (1917-1968).

– Servant of God Emilia Schneider (nee Julia) German professed sister of the Congregation of Sisters of the Holy Cross (1820-1859).

– Servant of God Jerome Le Royer de la Dauversiere, French layman and founder of the Institute of the Daughters of St. Joseph of La Fleche, now the Hospitaller Sisters of St. Joseph (1597-1659).

– Servant of God Hildegard Burjan, German laywoman and foundress of the Sisters of Social Charity (1883-1933).

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  1. Raymundus says:

    It seems very interesting that they have declared Bl. Antonio Primaldo and his companions as martyrs, killed at Otranto for the faith by Spanish Moors. I don’t really have anything to add, except that this was the declaration that caught my eye.

  2. Prof. Basto says:

    Its not the first time that decrees of the causes of Saints were approved after the draft decree concerning the virtues of Pope Pius XII was submitted to the Holy Father.

    If I’m not mistaken, the Holy Father approved some decrees, not in consistory as is usual in those causes, but in private audience with the Cardinal Prefect, two days after it was rumored that He had received the papers concerning the virtues of Servant of God Pius XII.

  3. danphunter1 says:

    How advanced is Blessed Damien of Molokai on the road to canonization,if he has not been declared a saint already?
    Thank you.

  4. Antonio says:

    Ceferino Namuncura!!!!!!

    As an Argentinian, I’m FULL with joy about these news.
    The entire Patagonia (the south of Argentina) must be rejoicing.
    Thanks for posting this.

  5. Antonio: I am glad to be the bearer of good tidings.

  6. Richard says:

    I wonder if the Holy Father felt the timing for Pius XII’s beatification was not apt with the motu proprio coming out this week?

    Probably not. But I’m sure the thought occurred to him.

  7. danphunter1 says:

    Why would timing have anything to do with the beatification of a soon to be canonized saint?
    If the holy evidence is present for the advancing of Pope Pius XII cause then the gates of the nether regions cannot reinforce its crumbling ramparts against the inevitable.

  8. deacon dave says:

    Luca Prassi?!? I thought he slept with the fishes…

  9. Prof. Basto says:

    Deacon Dave,


    By the way, saying LOL is a first for me!

  10. Alex says:

    There would be no problem if pope Pius XII’s cause was not mentioned out of reasons of prudence (to counter another ADL defamation) or because of other procedural delayal. But if the reason would be political correctness, pleasing the pressure groups like that of Foxman, or other reasons, it would be a disgrace and a severe error by the Vatican.

    This beatification would be great however. I know a Dutch priest who worked in the Vatican bureaucracy from 1955 to 1996 who said that many of the “Benelli generation” (the progressivist post-conciliars) dominating the Curial institutions since 1970, were opposed to this beatification even desired by Pope Paul VI, because – as they said in 1989 – this beatification would “seemingly justify all the opposition of the Society of St. Pius X against the council and the renewal”, as these modern”ist” prelates feared a re-appreciation of Humani generis, Mystici corporis (Sacramentum Ordinis?), Summi Pontificatus, Mediator Dei and Haurietis Aquas as well as of anti-communist “rhetoric”.

    That is why the beatification cause of Saint Pius XII was delayed actively and prohibited politically for so many decades.

  11. Seumas says:

    “But if the reason would be political correctness, pleasing the pressure groups like that of Foxman, or other reasons, it would be a disgrace and a severe error by the Vatican.”

    Alex, do you really think pope Benedict is part of the PC crowd? Prudent, yes–in my opinion, maybe a little too prudent at times. But PC, no.

    His Regensburg speech should be sufficient proof to anyone who doubts.

    I pray that Pope Pius XII becomes Pope Saint Pius XII soon.

  12. Pope Pius XII was brave, heroic, completely lovable and adorable — and, as a Third Order Dominican, utterly cool. He needs to be canonized eee-MEDiately!

    And so does Little Margaret of Castello.

  13. Nino Molina says:

    I am very happy for the decree on our beloved Mother Ignacia.

    If she becomes beatified, she will be the first Filipina to be declared blessed.

    We are the most Catholic country in Asia but we have only two saints: St. Lorenzo Ruiz (martyred in Japan) and Blessed Pedro Calungsod (martyred in Guam)

    Mother Ignacia will be the first non-martyr and the first non-lay Filipino the be beatified.

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