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Bill East informed us ...

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>I quote from the ODCC:
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>"Beatification:  in the RC Church, the act by which the Pope permits
>the public veneration after his death of some faithful Catholic in
>parts of the Church.  Before the 12th century, and less generally from
>that date to the 17th century, it was customary for local bishops to
>beatify people for their own dioceses.  A person who has been beatified
>receives the title of 'Blessed'.  Although the [modern code of Canon
>Law] distinguishes the Blessed from the Saints, there are indications
>that, at least in its present form, beatification may not survive."

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The ODCC [Opus Dei Canonical Commentary????] may not have had this in mind, 
but the Italian press's extensive coverage of the recent beatifications of 
Pius IX and John XXIII usually referred to the events as 'canonizations', 
not 'beatifications'. The medieval beatus/sanctus fuzziness remains with us 
today, it seems!

Best wishes,
George

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