Friday, October 7, 2011

EUROPE: POLAND: EFFORTS TO MAKE ST. FAUSTINA A DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH report: Sister Faustina Kowalska is already a Polish saint. A group of cardinals is hoping she'll also be a Doctor of the Church. Seven cardinals wrote to the pope and asked him to begin the process.

Among the cardinals is one of the pope's former students, Vienna's Archbishop Christoph Schönborn. Also included is Hong Kong's former bishop, cardinal Joseph Zen and John Paul II's secretary, Stainslaw Dziwisz.

The entire process usually takes several decades. The honor is given to those who offered contributions to theology, that still remain relevant regardless of time.

The Church has 34 doctors of which only three are women. They include St. Teresa of Avila, St. Catherine of Siena and St. Therese of Lisieux.

The next Doctor of the Church is Spaniard San Juan de Avila. The pope made the announcement during World Youth Day in Madrid.

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