|Bishop Álvaro del Portillo|
Good news from the Vatican today that Pope Benedict XVI has authorised the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate various decrees. One of them was to declare a former prelate of Opus Dei, Bishop Álvaro del Portillo, Venerable.
Along with Bishop Álvaro del Portillo, Archbishop Fulton Sheen, was also declared Venerable. Read the full announcement on the website of the Vatican Information Service.
Venerable, is the style used for a Servant Of God declared to be “heroic in virtue” during the investigation and process leading to possible canonisation as a saint. Before a person is considered to be Venerable, he or she must be declared as such by a proclamation, approved by the Pope, of having lived a life that was “heroic in virtue” – the virtues being the Theological Virtues of Faith, Hope, and Charity and the Cardinal Virtues of Prudence, Justice, Fortitude, and Temperance. The next step is Beatification, at which point the person is referred to as The Blessed, and finally canonisation, at which point the person is referred to as Saint.