Pope proclaims sainthood of a favourite Jesuit

Blessed Peter Faber

Pope Francis issued a decree declaring one of his favourite Jesuits, Blessed Peter Faber, a saint, reports the Catholic News Service.

The decree is what the Vatican terms an 'equivalent canonisation,' in which the Pope inserts the name of the new saint in the universal calendar of saints without verifying a miracle performed through his intercession and without holding a formal canonisation ceremony.

The Vatican announced on Tuesday that the Pope formalised the Church's recognition of the 16th century priest, who, with St Ignatius of Loyola and St Francis Xavier, was a founding member of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) by 'inscribing him in the catalogue of saints.'

At the same time, the Pope advanced the sainthood cause of Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovich, a member of the Sisters of Charity of St Elizabeth in Convent Station, New Jersey, who died in 1927. By recognising a miracle attributed to her intercession, the Pope clears the way for the beatification ceremony to be held.

Welcoming the news of St Peter's canonisation, a statement from Jesuit headquarters in Rome said the canonisation was significant because it highlights a man who 'is a model of the spirituality and priestly life of the current Pontiff and at the same time is one of the important references for understanding his style of governance.'

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