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Reformed canonization rite returns

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The Canonization rite reformed by Pope Paul VI but set aside by Pope Benedict XVI has been returned by Pope Francis for the canonization of six saints on Sunday, November 23. The return of the reformed rite is mourned by Rorate Caeli, a traditional Catholic blog, as a reversal of the "reform of the reform" instituted by Pope Benedict.

"Reform of the reform" was supported by those who did not like the liturgical reforms put in place after Vatican II.

Feast days of Sts. John Paul II, John XXIII added to universal calendar

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In light of "countless requests from every part of the world," Pope Francis has approved putting Sts. John Paul II and John XXIII on the church's universal calendar of feast days.

Called the General Roman Calendar, it is the universal schedule of holy days and feast days for the Latin rite of the Catholic church.

The two saints' feast days, both of which have the ranking of an optional -- not obligatory -- memorial, are Oct. 11 for St. John XXIII and Oct. 22 for St. John Paul II.

Theologians at Vatican move Fulton Sheen's cause closer to beatification

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The possible miracle needed for the beatification of Archbishop Fulton Sheen took another step toward papal recognition Tuesday when a panel of theologians met at the Vatican, the Archbishop Fulton Sheen Foundation announced.

As a normal part of the sainthood process, the theologians met to consider whether or not the promoters of Sheen's cause demonstrated that the proposed miracle -- the survival of a child delivered stillborn -- occurred after prayers for the intercession only of Sheen.

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