Roman Catholic Church. the official act of the pope whereby a deceased person is declared to be enjoying the happiness of heaven, and therefore a proper subject of religious honor and public cult in certain places.
Beatification (from Latin beatus, "blessed" and facere, "to make") is a recognition
accorded by the Catholic Church of a dead person's entrance into Heaven and ...
History. According to some writers the origin of beatification and canonization in
the Catholic Church is to be traced back to the ancient pagan apotheosis.
The Process of Beatification & Canonization. The process of documenting the life
and virtues of a holy man or woman cannot begin until 5 years after death.
The word beatification
comes from the Latin beatus, which means "blessed" and facere, which means "to make or do" and refers to a formal papal declaration that some deceased person deserves to be called "blessed."
The basis for such a declaration is that, in life, the ... More »
tr.v. be·at·i·fied, be·at·i·fy·ing, be·at·i·fies. 1. Roman Catholic Church To proclaim (
a deceased person) to be one of the blessed and thus worthy of public religious ...
The beatification of Mother Teresa was conducted Oct. 19, 2003 by Pope John
Paul II. Many believe Blessed Mother Teresa will be named a saint of the
BEATIFICATION A declaration by the Pope as head of the Church that one of the
deceased faithful lived a holy life and/or died a martyr's death and is now ...
The difference is that beatification only makes the cultus possible (it is a
permission), while canonization renders the cultus obligatory (it is a precept) and
The process of beatification and canonization usually begins in the diocese in
which the proposed saint died. The person must have died at least five years ...