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- adj. Having been recognized and declared, by the church, that a deceased has entered heaven; having attained this step in the process of canonization.
- v. Simple past tense and past participle of beatify.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. proclaimed one of the blessed and thus worthy of veneration.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. Roman Catholic; proclaimed one of the blessed and thus worthy of veneration
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_OED_ notices this catachrestic form of "beatified"
"angelica vestis" of the tertiary order; and the "beatified" Duchess who had sold her jewels to buy corn for the poor during the famine of 1670, and had worn a hair-shirt under a corset that seemed stiff enough to serve all the purposes of bodily mortification.
He must next be declared "beatified" (blessed), a title bestowed only on martyrs or those who have performed miracles. "
Once he is beatified, John Paul will be given the title "blessed" and can be publicly venerated.
On Friday, Benedict set the date for beatification after declaring that a French nun's recovery from Parkinson's disease was the miracle needed for John Paul to be beatified.
When an ailing John Paul beatified Mother Teresa in 2003 in St. Peter's Square, 300,000 pilgrims attended.
No tickets or invitations will be necessary — as many faithful who want to be there to see the Polish-born pontiff beatified, the last formal step before possible sainthood, can come, a Vatican spokesman, the Rev.
"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.
Benedict officially announced John Paul's beatification, a final step before sainthood, and in Latin said that from now on, Pope John Paul shall be called "The Blessed," the official title for beatified figures.