S+L logo

CNS: Pope advances sainthood causes, including Canadian brother

April 5, 2011
By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI advanced the sainthood causes of 35 candidates, including Canadian Christian Brother Adolphe Chatillon.
During a meeting April 2 with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes, the pope signed a decree recognizing that Brother Chatillon lived the Christian virtues in a heroic way.
Before Brother Chatillon can be beatified, the pope would have to recognize a miracle attributed to his intercession.
Brother Chatillon, who lived 1871-1929, taught in schools in Quebec and at the Christian Brothers' novitiate.
Pope Benedict also signed decrees that pave the way for several beatifications:
-- He recognized the martyrdom of French Norbertine Father Pierre-Adrien Toulorge, who was guillotined in 1793 during the French Revolution.
-- He recognized the martyrdom of 22 Oblate priests and a layman, Candido Castan San Jose, killed in 1936 during the Spanish Civil War.
-- He formally recognized the miracles needed for the beatifications of two Italian priests, two Italian nuns and a Spanish nun.
In addition to recognizing the heroic virtues of Brother Chatillon and of three Italian nuns, the pope recognized the heroic virtues of a 14-year-old boy from his native Bavaria.
Bernhard Lehner was born in Herrngiersdorf, Germany, in 1930, and entered the minor seminary in Regensburg when he was 12. He caught diphtheria and died shortly after his 14th birthday in 1944.

Related posts

Vocation Myths | Part 5
FacebookTwitter
God’s idea of fulfilling one’s vocation is that which will lead to greatest holiness and eternity with Him in heaven. Our idea is often more earthbound. ...read more
Mother Clelia Merloni: Once Rejected, Now Blessed
FacebookTwitter
Read all about Mother Clelia Merlone, who experienced sickness, slander, financial ruin, betrayal, and rejection - and who will be beatified on Nov 3. ...read more
JPII: Did you know?
FacebookTwitter
In honour of the feast day of Pope St. John Paul II today, here are some fun stats from his papacy. ...read more
The Saints We Know and the Saints We Don’t
FacebookTwitter
Quick: tell me your favourite thing about St. Agileus. St. Cannatus? St. Fortunatus? St. Thecla? Fr. Matt Gworek explores the wonderful variety of saints. ...read more
Homily of Pope Francis at the Canonization Mass
FacebookTwitter
Pope Francis asks: Do we follow Jesus as lovers, really prepared to leave behind something for him? Read the full text of the homily here. ...read more