MY COUSIN THE SAINT
A Search for Faith, Family, and Miracles
by Justin Calanoso

New leader

Pope Benedict XVI has named a new prefect to lead the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, the Vatican-based office in charge of receiving and vetting causes for sainthood. Unheralded and overlooked for centuries, the office well known (and sometimes criticized) and Pope John Paul II because of the rules changes in 1983 and the shear volume of sancitifications — 482 saints, 1,100 blesseds — more than all popes combined in the previous 400 years. There are reasons for this, as I’ve discussed here and in my book. It is not likely that Archbishop Angelo Amato will draw the same attention, not under Benedict.

Commentary here.

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