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Pedro Arrupe’s cause for sainthood underway

SPAIN (Agencies): Father Pedro de Arrupe Gondra, the 28th Superior General of the Society of Jesus (The Jesuits), who led the Jesuits from 1965 to 1983, is in the process of being beatified. 
 
Cardinal Angelo de Donatis, the Cardinal Vicar of Rome has given the diocese of Rome approval to open the process of his beatification, announced Jesuit Superior General Arturo Sosa, S.J. at a meeting in Bilbao, Spain of Jesuits and lay associates involved with the International Association of Jesuit Universities.
 

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Seoul promotes cause of modern day martyrs

SEOUL (AsiaNews): South Korea has opened the process of beatification and eventual canonisation for two groups of martyrs; John Baptist Yi Byeok and his 132 companions; and Bishop Francis Borgia Hong Yong-ho, the first bishop of Pyongyang and his 80 companions.

Both groups have cleared the first hurdle and are at the servant of God stage.

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First American-born martyr to be beatified

OKLAHOMA CITY (SE): “The shepherd cannot run at the first sign of danger,” the first United States of America (US)-born person to be beatified, Father Stanley Rother, wrote from his mission in Guatemala to his diocese in Oklahoma just weeks before his death.

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Samurai takes first step to sainthood

OSAKA (SE): What is a statue of a 16th century Japanese samurai doing in Plaza Dilao in downtown Manila in The Philippines?

And what is more, why is the Japanese fighting man beatified as an honorary Filipino also being beatified as a hero of the Church and a role model for Christians in his native Japan?

The Samurai of Christ, Justo Takayama Ukon (1552 to 1615), was beatified in Osaka, Japan, on February 7.

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Albanian martyrs up for beatification

Vatican (CNA/EWTN News): Pope Francis has given the go ahead for the beatification Archbishop Nikollë Vinçenc Prennush, from Durrës, and his 37 companions, all of whom were killed by Albania’s communist regime between 1945 and 1974.

The pope officially acknowledged their martyrdom during an April 26 meeting with Angelo Cardinal Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

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Manila pushes to beatify American Jesuit

MANILA (UCAN): The Manila archdiocese has officially opened the process for the beatification and canonisation of Father George Willman, a Jesuit from the United States of America (US), who is credited with building up the presence of the Knights of Columbus in The Philippines during the last century.

Luis Cardinal Tagle accepted the nomination for the beatification of Father Willman during a Mass celebrated on December 7 to mark the formal opening of the process.

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Japan pushes samurai as its first individual saint

OSAKA (AsiaNews): The Japanese Church has finished preparing the application for the beatification of Ukon Takayama, a feudal lord, or daimyo, who, after his conversion to Catholicism, played a pioneering role in the spread of Christianity in Japan in the 16th century.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Japan presented a 400-page application to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints containing the results of research into his case.

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