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- n. The act of beatifying, or the state of being beatified; esp., in the Roman Catholic Church, the act or process of ascertaining and declaring that a deceased person is one of "the blessed," or has attained the second degree of sanctity, — usually a stage in the process of canonization.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of beatifying, or the state of being beatified; esp., in the R. C. Church, the act or process of ascertaining and declaring that a deceased person is one of “the blessed,” or has attained the second degree of sanctity, -- usually a stage in the process of canonization.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of beatifying or of rendering or pronouncing happy; the state of being blessed; blessedness.
- n. In the Roman Catholic Church, the act by which a deceased person is declared to be beatified, or one of the blessed, and therefore a proper subject of a certain degree or kind of public religious honor.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (Roman Catholic Church) an act of the Pope who declares that a deceased person lived a holy life and is worthy of public veneration; a first step toward canonization
- n. the action of rendering supremely blessed and extremely happy
- n. a state of supreme happiness
Step 2, in beatification, it seems is also drinking.
Sorry Art, but John Henry Newman has not yet been beatified, let alone canonized -- though his beatification is expected soon.
Apparently, the cause of G.K. Chesterton's beatification is being promoted by the Chesterton Society in England.
Although Cardinal Newman’s beatification is considered to be likely by many, the Church has made no announcement that Cardinal Newman will be beatified.
“His beatification is an opportunity – which it is for the pope and the Archbishop of Canterbury – to speak to the nation with a message of hope, and indeed to speak to the church around the world,” said Canon David Richardson, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s representative to the Vatican.
Special trains, planes and buses were shuttling Poles in for the beatification, which is drawing some 16 heads of state and five members of European royal houses.
Franco Origlia/Getty Images Cardinals attended the beatification, which is the last major milestone before a candidate is declared a saint.
"It was a real once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be here for this," said Sandra Thornton, 39, an airline worker from Camden, N.J.The beatification was the fastest in modern church history, taking place six years and 29 days after John Paul's death 15 days faster than Mother Teresa's, who was beatified in 2003.
One miracle is required for beatification, that is, declaration of a "blessed" or local saint.
In 2002 the Pope signed a decree accepting as authentic a miracle attributed to the nun, and the next year the ceremony of beatification, which is one step short of canonisation, took place in Rome.