Pope Francis Brings 6 People Closer to Sainthood by Approving Decrees of a Laywoman, a Nun and 4 Priests

Pope Francis has brought six people closer to sainthood. He approved decrees for new Venerables from Italy and Spain, including a laywoman, a religious sister and four priests.

On January 19, the pope authorized the Dicastery for the Causes of Saints to promulgate six decrees advancing the causes for the canonization of four priests and two women. 

A Italian laywoman is among the new Venerables. Servant of God Bertilla Antoniazzi lived just 20 years, between 1944 and 1964, in Italy's Veneto.

Admitted to Vicenza hospital when she was just nine years old due to severe dyspnoea caused by rheumatic endocarditis, the illness forced her to stay at home at all times.

She understood that her mission was to console those who were suffering, and to bring sinners and souls closer to God through the offering of her life and infirmity. Bertilla established friendly relations with doctors and nurses and an intense correspondence with other sick people.

In total trust in God in prayer, Bertilla never complained, not even in the last two particularly brutal years of her life as she battled her illness.

On a pilgrimage to Lourdes in 1963, Bertilla did not ask Our Lady for healing, but for holiness. (pictured top right)

The decrees promulgated concern the heroic virtues of four men and two women, who are from Italy and Spain:

  - the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Miguel Costa y Llobera, Canon of the Cathedral Church of Majorca; born on 10 March 1854 in Pollensa (Spain) and died on 16 October 1922 in Majorca (Spain);

   - the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Gaetano Francesco Mauro, diocesan priest, Founder of the Congregation of Rural Pious Workers Catechists; born on 13 April 1888 in Rogliano, Italy, and died in Montalto Uffugo, Italy, on 31 December 1969;

   - the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Giovanni Barra, diocesan priest; born on 13 January 1914 in Riva di Pinerolo, Italy, and died in Turin, Italy, on 28 January 1975;

   - the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Vicente López de Uralde Lazcano, professed priest of the Company of Mary; born on 22 January 1894 in Vitoria, Spain, and died in Cádiz, Spain, on 15 September 1990;

   - the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Maria Margherita Diomira of the Incarnate Word (born Maria Allegri), professed Religious of the Congregation of the Established in the Charity of the Good Shepherd; born 26 April 1651 in Firenzuola, Italy, and died in Florence, Italy on 17 December 1677;

   - the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Bertilla Antoniazzi, Faithful Laywoman; born 10 November 1944 in San Pietro Mussolino, Italy, and died in Vicenza, Italy on 22 October 1964.

Source: Vatican News