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From the Catholic News Agency:

Quote:Pope Francis on Wednesday offered a special blessing for Mother Angelica following her death on Easter Sunday, expressing his confidence that she is already in heaven.

“She’s in heaven.” The Pope pointed to the sky as he spoke these words to members of EWTN’s Rome bureau, who brought an image of the late Poor Clare nun to his March 30 general audience as a sign of affection and remembrance.

Francis saw the framed photo in the crowd, and blessed it when asked by EWTN’s Executive TV Producer in Rome, Martha Calderon, for a blessing for Mother Angelica’s soul.

Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation founded the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), in 1981, and it has since become the largest religious media network in the world. She passed away March 27 after a lengthy struggle with the aftereffects of a stroke. She was 92 years old.

Pope Francis offered his prayers for Mother Angelica Feb. 12 while on his way to Cuba, and asked for her prayers in return.

But he isn’t the only one who is confident in the nun’s holiness. Several other prelates have voiced their admiration and appreciation for Mother’s contribution to the faith, to the Catholic Church in the U.S., and to the world of Catholic communications, including Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and the Vatican’s spokesman, Fr. Federico Lombardi.

Although Francis has expressed his belief that Mother Angelica is already in heaven, the formal process for declaring her a saint has yet to begin.

Once a cause for her canonization officially opens, the facts and details of her life, as well as the testimonies from those around her, must be obtained and gathered into a lengthy report called a “positio” or “position” and presented to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

The congregation must then study the records to determine Mother’s heroic virtue, and eventually look into miracles attributed to her intercession. Only when one miracle has been officially approved can she be declared a Blessed. A second is then required for her canonization as a saint.

However, the Pope could decide to take the route of what’s called an “equipollent,” or “equivalent” canonization, in which he waives the requirement for one or both of the miracles and canonizes the person without them.

This was the case with St. Pope John XXIII in 2014, for whom the Pope decided to waive the second miracle required for his canonization, and proclaimed him a saint with just one.

In his general audience speech, Pope Francis continued his catechesis on mercy as understood in scripture, finishing his segment on the Old Testament.

He focused on Psalm 51, also referred to as “the Miserere” and which is traditionally understood as King David’s prayer asking for forgiveness following his sin of adultery with Bathsheba.

Francis pointed to the psalm’s opening words “Have mercy on me, O God in your kindness,” saying they are “a moving confession of sin, repentance and confident hope in God’s merciful pardon.”

Alongside his “heartfelt plea” to be cleansed and purified of his sin, King David also praises God’s infinite justice and holiness, the Pope observed.

Not only does he ask to be forgiven of his sin, but he also prays “for the gift of a pure heart and a steadfast spirit, so that, thus renewed, he may draw other sinners back to the way of righteousness.”

“God’s forgiveness is the greatest sign of his infinite mercy,” Francis said, and in off-the-cuff remarks had the pilgrims present at the audience repeat three times that “God's forgiveness is greater than our sin!”

He closed his audience by praying that Mary, the “Mother of Mercy,” would intercede so that all would become “ever more convincing witnesses to that divine mercy which forgives our sins, creates in us a new heart, and enables us to proclaim God’s reconciling love to the world.”

Some comments on the article:

Nancy Spinney Wrote:THIS IS WRONG! Mother Angelica was afraid of this and asked specifically for us to pray for her, please continue to pray and offer sacrifice for if she is already in heaven our prayers will not be wasted, this is what  leads catholics astray, we do not know the interior heart, and our pope should know better!

Giovanni Serafino Wrote:I have no doubt, someone in the Vatican will very soon make a "  clarification "concerning the pope's statement that Mother Angelica is already in heaven.  Something to the effect that the his words should be interpreted  as the Pope's hope that she is already in heaven, not that she is  actually they're already!  Until, if and when , she's ever canonized, Mother Angelica would be the first one to ask for prayers and  Masses for the repose of her soul.
If Pope Francis is so merciful he should just smash open the gates of purgatory and canonize everyone.

would he need the mormons help since the people are dead?
Since we're dealing with "the God of surprises," I'm not sure we can have this level of certainty.

(03-30-2016, 01:16 PM)Zea mays Wrote: [ -> ]If Pope Francis is so merciful he should just smash open the gates of purgatory and canonize everyone.

would he need the mormons help since the people are dead?

If it were about anybody else I would tend to agree with you. However in the case of Mother Angelica I think he is right. I think it is only a matter of time and Mother Angelica will be canonized.
I presonally believe she's a Saint.

I did say a Rosary for her soul, buuut I think she's already there and someone else probably received any benefits from it.
I'm also usually against such things, and the fact that it happens too casually at funerals waters down the rare occasions when it is appropriate. But sometimes it is ok. For a few examples, in the funeral orations for Sts. Basil, Meletius, and Satyrus, delivered by Sts. Gregory of Nazianzus, Gregory of Nyssa, and Ambrose respectively, the object of the oration is deemed to be in Heaven  (granted this was just a casual and spontaneous gesture by the Pope, not a formal oration).

Either way, I have no doubt many, especially her order, will continue to both pray and offer Masses for her and promote her cause.
Regardless, we should still pray for the repose of her soul. But I think we all here know that.
(03-31-2016, 07:48 PM)TradCathYouth Wrote: [ -> ]Regardless, we should still pray for the repose of her soul. But I think we all here know that.

May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.
:pray: :pray: :pray:
I don't think he meant to discourage praying for her. I actually agree completely.

I have very little doubt in my mind that she is now in Heaven but that doesn't stop me from mourning her death or throwing a few Rosaries her way (perhaps with a few "ora pro nobis"s thrown in just in case.  :LOL:)
It's just more Francis being Francis. I mean, do you really not expect this stuff, at this point?
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