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Thursday, February 24, 2005


VATICAN CITY, FEB 24, 2005 (VIS) - This morning the Pope wrote a letter to Cardinal Secretary of State Angelo Sodano, delegating him to preside at the Ordinary Public Consistory for the canonization of five Blesseds, which was held this morning in the Clementine Hall.

  "For reasons of prudence," the Holy Father writes, "I have been advised to follow (the consistory) from my apartments via an internal television link. Therefore I entrust to you, Cardinal Sodano, the task of presiding that gathering, and authorize you to proceed, in my name, with the various acts scheduled to take place. Please, then, announce that:

  "Following the favorable opinion, already expressed in writing by cardinals from all over the world, and by archbishops and bishops resident in Rome, I intend to set the date of Sunday October 23, 2005, for the canonization of the following five Blesseds: Jozef Bilczewski, bishop; Gaetano Catanoso, priest, founder of the Congregation of the Veronica Sisters of the Holy Face; Zygmunt Gorazdowski, priest, founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph; Alberto Hurtado Cruchaga, priest of the Society of Jesus; Felice Da Nicosia (Filippo Giacomo Armoroso), religious of the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor Capuchin.

  "It is also my intention to assign presbyteral titles to Cardinals Luigi Poggi, Carlo Furno and Gilberto Agustoni. To Cardianl Luigi Poggi is assigned the presbyteral title of St Lawrence in Lucina; to the other two cardinals, in keeping with their own wishes, the diaconates they have held up to now are elevated "pro hac vice" to presbyteral titles: to Cardinal Carlo Furno, the title of the Sacred Heart of Christ the King; to Cardinal Gilberto Agustoni, the title of Sts Urban and Lawrence at Prima Porta.

  "Finally, I confirm the new cardinal proto-deacon in the person of Cardinal Jorge Arturo Medina Estevez.

  "United in prayer with those who participate in the Ordinary Public Consistory, I ask you, Cardinal Sodano, to preside at the celebration of the Sixth Hour, while I impart to everyone a heartfelt apostolic blessing."
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