Reflecting back almost a year later, I see how Romero's beatification
, and my parish's invitation to celebrate here in the U.
Catholics who swarmed Madrid for the beatification
from Africa, Latin America and the Philippines were confident that would happen.
is third of four steps toward sainthood.
Another 29 youngsters from the school were involved in the choir of 2,500 which performed in Latin during the beatification
This miracle was instrumental in leading to his beatification
Afterwards, the Patriarch received head of Kefraya (Koura) municipality Youssof Samrout, who congratulated him on the new beatification
and confirmed to him his adherence to the Lebanese coexistence formula.
Meanwhile, a Vatican spokeswoman has denied reports suggesting that John Paul II's beatification
has been put back until 2011 after emerging doubts about the nun's "cure.
of Cardinal Newman, who died in 1890, brings him closer to being made England's first non-martyred saint since the Reformation.
Fr William Dempsey, who has dedicated his life to Fr Mullen's beatification
, claimed many TB sufferers who visit Fr Mullen's grave in Phillip-stown were cured after lying on it.
of a French priest has been suspended after revelations of his anti-Semitic writings.
The pontiff broke with the church practice of waiting five years after a candidate's death before starting the process of beatification
But as one of the few churches and religions that still regularly confers sainthood, the Catholic church, acting through its Congregation for the Causes of Saints, generally chooses caution over emotion, waiting years, even decades or centuries, before moving ahead with canonization or with beatification
, the first stage of a candidate's road to sainthood.