BEATIFICATION

  • The four steps to attain sainthood November 23, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: What are the 4 steps to attain sainthood? Before a person can be considered for sainthood, he/she must have been dead for at least 5 years. Step 1: 'Servant of god' A Bishop is placed in charge of the initial investigation of the person's life. Usually between 5 to 50 years after...
  • 18th century Keralite 'martyr' to be beatified by church November 27, 2012

    Thiruvananthapuram: An 18th century 'martyr', who sacrificed his life for the faith in the erstwhile princely state of Travancore, will be beatified by a Catholic church on December 2 at Nagarcoil in Tamil Nadu. Devasagayam Pillai will be declared as 'blessed' at a solemn ceremony to be held at the...
  • Rome: Pilgrims flock for John Paul beatification April 30, 2011

    Vatican City: Tens of thousands of people from around the world descended on Rome on Saturday for the beatification of Pope John Paul II, six years after his death. "It's almost as if he is here," said Enzo Arzellino, who travelled all night on a bus from southern Italy with his...
  • Vatican makes it tougher to be a saint February 19, 2008

    Vatican City: The Vatican is making it tougher to become a saint. New procedures announced today call for more "rigour" and "sobriety" by bishops deciding to begin the process of beatification and determining the required miracles. Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, head of the Vatican's sainthood office, recently suggested that the Vatican was...
  • Pope beatifies Kerala Sister December 5, 2006

    Thrissur/Thiruvananthapuram: It was yet another occasion for Kerala's SyroMalabar community to cheer. The Pope has proclaimed a Sister from the Church as the blessed one. That's one step away from sainthood. She was known as the Praying Mother when she was alive. Now she will be called 'the blessed...