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  • n  a state of supreme happiness
  • n  the action of rendering supremely blessed and extremely happy
  • n  (Roman Catholic Church) an act of the Pope who declares that a deceased person lived a holy life and is worthy of public veneration; a first step toward canonization

  • His beatification was repeatedly postponed, most recently in the 1980s, when churchmen apparently deemed it not to be "opportune.
  • The process included two major steps: beatification, the pope's recognition that a person is worthy of consideration, which begins a lengthy investigation process; and canonization .
  • A perception that Opus' ecclesiastical power knew no limits peaked with Escriv's 1992 beatification, a brief (for those days) 17 years after his death.

  • Pope Benedict XVI in Washington Post
    Benedict told reporters that "Romero as a person merits beatification," but Vatican officials removed that quote in an official transcript, keeping only the pope's general praise of the slain prelate as a "great witness to the faith."
  • Stanislaw Dziwisz in Forbes
    I am happy because the cause (for beatification) is proceeding well,said Dziwisz, who was John Paul's personal aide for decades and was named to the Krakow post after the pope's death. "People are discovering, even those who before watched...
  • Wojciech in BBC News
    We came to pray for his quick beatification and also to pray to him to protect our family,said Wojciech Gladysz, who had travelled 350 km (220 miles) from Warsaw with his wife and three children for the anniversary.

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