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Saturday, July 30, 2016

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Monday, February 1, 2016

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Monday, January 25, 2016

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

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Friday, August 29, 2014





ROME 2007

MOTHER of the Saints, the Church has always preserved their memory by proposing to the faithful examples of holiness in the sequela Christi (1). In centuries past the Roman Pontiffs saw to the promulgation of adequate norms to aid in reaching the truth in so important a matter for the Church. In our own times, the Supreme Pontiff John Paul II promulgated the Apostolic Constitution,Divinus perfectionis Magister, on 25 January 1983. In it he established, among other things, the procedure for diocesan or eparchial Inquiries to be conducted by the Bishops with a view toward the beatification and canonization of Servants of God (2).

In the same Apostolic Constitution, the Supreme Pontiff granted to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints the faculty to publish special norms for conducting such Inquiries (3) about the life, virtues and the reputation of holiness and of intercessory power, or about the life, martyrdom and the reputation of martyrdom and of intercessory power of Servants of God, and about alleged miracles attributed to the intercession of the Blessed and of Servants of God and, in some cases, about the ancient cult of a Servant of God (4).

He also abrogated the dispositions promulgated by his Predecessors and the norms established by the canons of the Code of Canon Law of 1917 in causes of beatification and canonization (5).

On 7 February 1983, the same Supreme Pontiff approved the Normae servandae in Inquisitionibus ab Episcopis faciendis in causis Sanctorum, which establish the special norms to be observed in diocesan or eparchial Inquiries for causes of beatification and canonization (6). After the promulgation of the Apostolic Constitution and of the Normae servandae, the Congregation, in light of its experience, is publishing the present Instruction (7) in order to facilitate a closer collaboration in the causes of Saints between the Holy See and the Bishops.

The present Instruction intends to clarify the dispositions of currently existing laws in the causes of Saints, to facilitate their application and indicate the ways of executing them both in recent and in ancient causes. Thus, it is directed to diocesan Bishops, to Eparchs, to those who are equivalent to them in law, and to those who participate in the instructory phase of the Inquiries. The Instructiondeals, in a chronological manner, with the procedural course of diocesan or eparchial Inquiries, established by the Normae servandae, indicating in a practical and chronological manner, their application while safeguarding the seriousness of the Inquiries.

First of all, it deals with the instruction of diocesan or eparchial Inquiries that regard the heroic virtues or martyrdom of Servants of God. Before deciding to initiate the cause, the Bishop will have to verify some facts that will determine his decision. After having decided to initiate the cause, he will begin the real and actual Inquiry by ordering the gathering of the documentary proofs of the cause. If no insurmountable difficulties are revealed, he will proceed to hear witnesses and, finally, to close the Inquiry and send the acts to the Congregation where the Roman phase of the cause will begin, that is, the phase of the study and definitive judgment of the cause itself.

In regard to Inquiries about alleged miracles, the Instruction indicates some elements of the procedure that, in these last twenty years, have been problematic in the application of the norms regarding the very Inquiries about miracles.

This Congregation wishes that the Instruction will be a valid aid to the Bishops so that the Christian people, following more closely the example of Christ, the Divine Teacher of Perfection, may give testimony to the world of the Kingdom of heaven. The Dogmatic Constitution of the Second Ecumenical Vatican Council Lumen Gentium teaches: “When we look at the life of those who have faithfully followed Christ, we are inspired with another reason to seek the city that is to come, and at the same time we learn the safest path by which, amid the changing realities of this world and in keeping with the state in life and condition proper to each of us, we will be able to arrive at perfect union with Christ, that is, holiness (8).



Title I
Preliminary Elements

Art. 1 – § 1. The present Instruction deals with causes of beatification and canonization that are regulated by particular pontifical law (9).

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