Pope Fran­cis adds new path­way to saint­hood

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

VAT­I­CAN CITY — Pope Fran­cis has added a fourth path­way to pos­si­ble saint­hood — peo­ple who lived a good Catholic life and who freely ac­cepted a cer­tain and pre­ma­ture death for the good of oth­ers.

Un­til now, gain­ing con­sid­er­a­tion for saint­hood in the Catholic Church re­quired mar­tyr­dom, liv­ing a life of heroic val­ues or — less fre­quently in­voked — hav­ing a clear saintly rep­u­ta­tion.

The Vat­i­can an­nounced Tues­day that the pope has is­sued a law on his own ini­tia­tive — known as a mutu pro­prio — adding the fourth route. Ex­am­ples of peo­ple who might fall into that cat­e­gory in­clude those who take the place of some­one con­demned to death or ex­pec­tant moth­ers with fa­tal dis­eases who sus­pend treat­ment so their ba­bies can be born.

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