martedì 11 luglio 2017

(Philip Pullella) Pope Francis made one of the most significant changes in centuries to the Roman Catholic Church's saint-making procedures on Tuesday, adding a new category for people who give their lives to save others. Until now the procedure which could leads to sainthood - known as a "cause" - was limited to three categories. The cause starts after a person's death. The first is martyrdom, where a person is killed out of hatred of Christianity. The second is if a person has lived an exceptionally virtuous Christian life. The third, little used, regards people who have had the reputation of holiness for many years after their death. (...)