ROME, Italy — Reports said the beatification of Bishop Juan de Palafox
was recently celebrated in a ceremony in Spain. Cardinal Angelo Amato, presided at the Mass on June 5.
Palafox (1600-1659) was “a bishop and pastor of souls, a mystic, a writer and patron, a royal minister and advisor, a great teacher, but above all he was a saint, whose pastoral zeal consisted essentially in stamping out evil and sowing what is good and holy,” Cardinal Amato, the head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints, said during the celebration.
The venue of the beatification was in the Cathedral of the Assumption located in El Burgo de Osma.
There were more than 3,500 devotees who joined the bishop’s beatification. Bishop Gerardo Melgar of Osma-Soria, Cardinal Norberto Rivera of Mexico City, Archbishop Victor Sanchez of Puebla, as well as five other cardinals, 40 bishops and archbishops and 160 priests concelebrated the Mass, according to the Iocal news agency.
Several authorities from the locality also graced the event. Leaders of the Spanish regions of Castilla y Leon and Navarra were present in the beatification.
In June of 2010, Pope Benedict XVI appointed a 15-member commission composed of priests, lay people, scholars and devotees to make known the life and works of Palafox.
Father Ruben Tejedor, a priest of the Diocese of Osma-Soria and a member of the commission remarked that, “The beatification of Palafox is a huge grace that was long awaited! It demonstrates the perennial beauty of holiness and the infallible triumph of the truth.”
In one of the testaments of Bishop Palafox he said, “The bed on which I die, I give to the hospital so that whatever it can bring be used for the poor. I want to die in the bodily poverty in which I was accustomed to living, and if not, on the floor, in acknowledgment of the humility with which such a miserable creature should reach his demise and in imitation of my Lord Jesus Christ, who died on a cross for me.”
Thirdee is a staff writer for CatholicFavors.com that deals high quality Catholic related jewelry including affordable baptism gifts, St. Thomas More crosses, and the Paola Carola Italian rosaries collection.