Sonntag, 23. September 2012

Cistercian Causes for Beatification

In 2011, the Abbot General nominated P. Pierdomenico Volpi to be Postulator General for the beatification processes in the Cistercian Order. Among other developments, a packet of four pocket-sized booklets has been published for each cause. There are currently four causes open: Maria Evangelista Quintero Malfaz (1591-1648) was the foundress of the Cistercian Abbey Santa Cruz Casarrubios del Monte in Toledo. The six Martyrs of Casamari (three of them were originally in French monasteries) were murdered in 1799  during Napoleon's first campaign in Italy. Soldiers plundered the monastery and desecrated the Eucharist. The monks were slain while gathering the sacred particles and are thus considered martyrs of the Eucharist. Venerable Felix Maria Ghebreamlak (1895-1934) brought Roman Catholic monastic life to Eritrea and Ethiopia. Dom Wendelin Endrédy (1895-1981) was the Abbot of Zirc. During the Communist regime, he was imprisoned and tortured for years.

The new booklets, all written in Italian, vary greatly in their style of composition. The booklet on Maria Evangelista is the longest with 45 pages of text and 34 footnotes, listing many sources. The one about the Casamari Martyrs is the shortest with 15 pages and 21 footnotes. Dom Wendelin’s booklet is an autobiographical portrayal, written in the first person, of his incarceration from 1950 to 1956. The text on Venerable Felix is not attributed to an author, but describes the Ethiopian’s life and the veneration which set in soon after his death. Liturgical prayers are printed in the booklets on Venerable Felix and the Casamari martyrs. These and further materials are available from

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