Pierre Faber, a “Reformed” Jesuit priest whom Francis sees as a model figure, is to be proclaimed as saint before Christmas, Stefania Falasca reports in an article for Italian Catholic newspaper Avvenire.
process for his cause in the Congregation for the Causes of Saints is
complete and now all that remains is for Francis to issue the Bull of
Canonization that will proclaim the first companion of St. Ignatius a
saint, extending the cult of the soon-to-be-saint to the universal
Faber was born in the Upper Savoy region of France in
1506 and died in Rome in 1547 just a few weeks before he was due to
attend the Council of Trent. He was beatified in September 1872 with a
Papal Rescript issued by the Sacred Congregation of Rites and ratified
by the Society of Jesus. Now Francis is extending the liturgical cult to
the universal Church.
The process followed for Faber’s
canonization is called “equivalent canonization”. This is when the Pope
omits the judicial process and ceremonies involved and orders a servant
of God to be venerated in the Universal Church, when such a saint has
been from a remote period the object of veneration, when his heroic
virtues (or martyrdom) and miracles are related by reliable historians,
and the fame of his miraculous intercession is uninterrupted.
of this in recent history include John Paul II, who decreed 3 such
canonizations, Benedict XVI who decreed 1, the last of which was that of
Angela da Foligno, confirmed last 9 October by Pope Francis,” Avvenire