December 13, 2009.
The Vatican is expected to decree Mary MacKillop's second miracle between December 21 and December 25, all but confirming her as Australia's first saint, the woman at the centre of the campaign for her canonisation in Rome says.
Sister Maria Casey says the Vatican planned to announce last week that Mother Mary's apparent curing of a woman with cancer during the mid-1990s was indeed a miracle, but was forced to delay the announcement.
"There was the possibility that we would've heard sometime last week but events in Rome precluded that," Sister Casey, the Australian Catholic Church's official representative in Rome campaigning for the canonisation, told AAP on Sunday night.
"I don't envisage any announcement before or during next weekend but we do think it might be before Christmas, we are very hopeful indeed."
Sister Casey said it was usual for the Vatican to make announcements in the run-up to Christmas Day.
The Vatican already recognises that Mother Mary is responsible for one miracle.
She was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1995, meaning the Vatican verified her first miracle of healing a woman with terminal leukaemia.
The second miracle said to have been performed by Mother Mary, which would confirm sainthood, has already been ratified by medical experts.
Sister Casey said if the second miracle were decreed by the Vatican before Christmas, Mother Mary would probably be canonised early in the new year.
Speculation that an announcement was near began building after Prime Minister Kevin Rudd attended mass at Mary MacKillop Chapel in North Sydney, where Mother Mary is interred, on Sunday morning.
A spokesman for the prime minister would not confirm if the visit had anything to do with any announcement but a spokeswoman for the Sisters of St Joseph, the congregation founded by Mother Mary, admitted excitement and expectations were running high in Rome and in Australia.
"The sisters are very excited and they're waiting on an announcement sometime, hopefully, before Christmas," the spokeswoman told AAP on Sunday.
Mother Mary is revered for her lifetime of work across Australia establishing schools and refuges for orphans and the needy.
She was born in Melbourne, worked extensively in South Australia and died in North Sydney in 1909 aged 67.
© 2009 AAP
April 9, 2009
I don;t really know the entire process of Sainthood, but this is typical that it takes 100 years of so to finally get it. They say Pope John Paul or Mother Teresa, would probably never achieve it in our lifetimes, if they make it at all. 2 miracals have to be well documented, and their entire lifes work is exhaustively studied. I watched a religious show with my wife and the Mon-Senior that is in charge of this for Father Bishop Sheen, was telling how extensive the reseach is for each one.
"greeney2" wrote: I don;t really know the entire process of Sainthood, but this is typical that it takes 100 years of so to finally get it. They say Pope John Paul or Mother Teresa, would probably never achieve it in our lifetimes, if they make it at all. 2 miracals have to be well documented, and their entire lifes work is exhaustively studied. I watched a religious show with my wife and the Mon-Senior that is in charge of this for Father Bishop Sheen, was telling how extensive the reseach is for each one.
Oh ....... for sure Greeney.
It's a hard core process alright.
& not just for the person being considered for sainthood.
But the people who have claimed the miracles, have their whole life investigated.
The medical evidences is gone over in a manner typical of a big profile forensic investigation, & everybody involved in one way or another at the time of a miracle is investigated, without mercy.
As is the doctors, nurses, nuns, priests, family members, ect ect.
It's by no means a simple process.
MacKillop to become Australia's first saint
Australia will have its first Roman Catholic saint after Pope Benedict approved a decree recognising a second miracle attributed to the intercession of Mother Mary MacKillop.
The approval means Blessed Mary is likely to be formally declared a saint at a canonisation ceremony next year.
Blessed Mary (1842-1909), who founded the Sisters of Saint Joseph, is revered by Catholics for her work, especially with needy children, former female prisoners and prostitutes.
She was beatified by pope John Paul II in 1995.
The miracle approved on Saturday involved the healing of a person who had cancer and was cured after praying to Blessed Mary.
Sister Anne Derwin from the Sisters of Saint Joseph says many have been inspired by Blessed Mary's work in education and with the poor.
"It's not only the sisters, but many other people, men and women, who love the way Mary MacKillop lived her life," she said.
"They try and live in that spirit too, and do great things for people."
Sister Derwin says the Pope's decision is a significant event for the church in Australia.
"Mary herself wouldn't have expected this sort of limelight, but it makes us feel excited that the gift she was given for the church, for the world, is being recognised as valuable," Sister Derwin said.
"And that was a gift to focus on those most in need in our society."
Mary MacKillop was born in Melbourne, worked throughout South Australia and died in North Sydney.
She co-founded the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart in 1866 but was excommunicated from the Church at one stage for allegedly disobeying authorities.
However she continued to spend her life caring for those less fortunate.
Venerable John Paul II
Meanwhile, the late pope, John Paul II, has also moved closer to sainthood, as his successor approved a decree recognising that he had lived the Christian faith heroically.
The Vatican said Pope Benedict had signed the "heroic virtues" decree, a key step in the procedure by which the Church recognises its saints, after a recommendation by a Vatican panel of experts.
The late pope will now have the title "venerable".
The following step will now be the recognition of a miracle attributed to John Paul II, who died in 2005.
That is expected to happen early next year, meaning the late pope can be beatified, the final step before sainthood.
In John Paul II's case, the miracle under consideration - and subject to another papal decree - involves a French nun who was cured of Parkinson's disease in 2005.
Vatican watchers expect Benedict to approve the beatification, which could be celebrated next year, either on the April 2 anniversary of his death or in October on the anniversary of the start of John Paul II's papacy in 1978.
Pope Benedict also declared controversial wartime pontiff Pius XII venerable, putting him on the road to beatification despite controversy over his role during World War II, when many historians say he remained passive while Nazi Germany killed millions of Jews.
The beatification of Father Jerzy Popieluszko, the "Solidarity chaplain" who was murdered by the Polish secret service in 1984, has also been approved.
The decree places the charismatic priest, a staunch anti-communist who laced his sermons with political messages, on the path to sainthood.
Because he is considered a martyr, Father Popieluszko's beatification dossier did not require evidence of a miracle.
hmmm...didn't the "leaders" of the Jews publicaly denounce all the miracles of christ? I think the whole canonization process is based on ego. Let god himself decide who are his saints.There are also have been christians who have not lived such a great life (wouldn't pass the microscope of judgement on their whole lives),but perhaps through conversion have been able to channel the power of the holy spirit in great miracles. The fact that the bible tells us it is the HOLY SPIRIT which gives the power to do miracles,it is totally contradictory for church officials to look at what "miracles" these people have done. Is paul a saint? Did he not kill christians before the lord spoke to him? How would the council look at his "whole" life and decide whether to give him sainthood? Sounds like more contradictory BS to me. Like I said...let God decide who are his saints.
Just realized how rude my post appeared. I'm sorry about that, but there are some things I feel very strongly about . One being that a group of so called "holy" (some of them not so holy,and even down right criminal) get to decide who should be given certain titles,whether it be sainthood or beautification , and who has performed "real"miracles. The fact that they have thrown children in jail for allegedly seeing apparitions and threatened them, only to proclaim decades later that the apparitions were real shows how effective the leadership of this organization is.
While we're on the subject of sainthood , I will never understand the practice of encasing supposedly "preserved" bodies of dead saints for veiwing under glass. Looking at half rotted corpses is not my idea of spiritual enlightenment.
Ok...I'll shaaadup now before Greeney tells me to say 10 Our Fathers and a Hail mary. 😉
sidenote: Padre pio was an exemption to the usual time it takes for canonization.