#ShortNews: the 8 Causes of Sainthood

On 19 March 2019, the Holy Father Francis received in audience His Eminence Cardinal Angelo Becciu, prefect of the Congregation of the Causes of Saints. During the audience, the Supreme Pontiff authorized the same Congregation to promulgate the Decrees regarding:

– the miracle attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God Maria Emilia Riquelme y Zayas, founder of the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Most Blessed Sacrament and Mary Immaculate; born in Granada, Spain on 5 August 1847 and died there on 10 December 1940;

– the martyrdom of Servants of God Valeriu Traian Frenţiu, Vasile Aftenie, Ioan Suciu, Titu Liviu Chinezu, Ioan Bălan, Alexandru Rusu and Iuliu Hossu, bishops, killed in hatred of the faith in various locations in Romania between 1950 and 1970;

– the martyrdom of the Servant of God Alfredo Cremonesi, professed priest of the Pontifical Institute for the Foreign Missions; born in Ripalta Guerina, Italy, on 16 May 1902 and killed in hatred of the faith in the village of Donoku, Myanmar, on 7 February 1953;

– the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Francesco Maria Di Francia, diocesan priest, founder of the Congregation of the Capuchin Sisters of the Sacred Heart; born in Messina, Italy, on 19 February 1853 and died in Roccalumera, Italy, on 22 December 1913;

– the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Maria Hueber, founder of the Congregation of the Tertiary Sisters of Saint Francis; born in Bressanone, now Italy, on 22 Mary 1653 and died there on 31 July 1705;

– the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Maria Teresa Camera, founder of the Congregation of the Daughters of Our Lady of Pietà; born in Ovada, Italy, on 8 October 1818 and died there on 24 March 1894;

– the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Maria Teresa Gabrieli, co-founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Poor – Palazzolo Institute; born in Bergamo, Italy, on 13 September 1837 and died there on 6 February 1908;

– the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Giovanna Francesca of the Holy Spirit (née Luisa Ferrari), founder of the Institute of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Incarnate Word; born in Reggio Emilia, Italy, on 14 September 1888 and died in Fiesole, Italy, on 21 December 1984.

Source: http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2019/03/19/190319c.html

#ShortNews: Anti-Catholic climate worsens in France

The report follows growing concern over anti-clerical incidents in France, where Catholics nominally make up around 54 percent of the population of 67 million, according to surveys, but with only a small proportion attending Mass.

Catholic Church leaders have repeatedly urged better protection of Christian beliefs and practices across Europe amid complaints of prejudice and hostility, which are also monitored by the 54-country Organisation on Security and Co-operation in Europe. In a January resolution, the European Parliament called on European Union institutions to “step up their commitment to religious freedom” by enhancing security for faith communities.

Source: https://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/11475/anti-catholic-climate-worsens-in-france-

#ShortNews: 46% of US Catholics believe global persecution of Christians is ‘very severe’

According to a new poll, 46 percent of US Catholics say the global persecution of Christians is “very severe”—an increase of more than 16 percent compared to a year ago; and 58 percent of US Catholics say they are “very concerned” about the plight of their fellow faithful—a figure up by more than 17 percent from February 2018.

Yet, other global issues are cause of greater concern for US Catholics than the persecution of Christians: they rank human trafficking, poverty and the refugee crisis as more urgent problems than the persecution of Christians.

Asked to list the countries where they believe the persecution of Christians is most severe, US Catholics identify Iran, Iraq, Syria, China, North Korea, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia as the worst offenders.

Source: https://www.churchinneed.org/survey-measures-us-catholics-perceptions-of-the-global-persecution-of-christians/