MIRACLE RECOGNIZED FOR FR. SOLANUS CASEY, HEROIC VIRTUES FOR CARDINAL VAN THUAN
Pope Francis this morning, in an audience with Cardinal Amato. prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, authorized a number of decrees including the following: a miracle attributed to the intercession of Venerable Servant of God Francis Solanus Casey (ne Bernardo) a priest of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, born November 25, 1870 and died July 31, 1957; and heroic virtues of Cardinal Francis Xavier Nguyên Van Thuân, born April 17, 1928 and died September 16, 2002.
Fr. Solanus Casey was born Bernard Francis Casey on November 25, 1870 on a farm near Oak Grove, Wisconsin along the Mississippi River. He was the sixth child in a family of ten boys and six girls born to Irish immigrant parents who left Ireland after the famine years, the scourge of the Emerald Isle. For more on Fr. Casey’s life: http://solanuscasey.org/who-is-father-solanus/irish-roots
Cardinal Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan was born on April 17, 1928 in the central part of Vietnam, in Phu Cam parish, a suburb of Hue. He was the eldest of 8 children: Thuan, Niem, Tuyen, Ham Tieu, Thanh, Anh Tuyet, Thuy Tien, and Thu Hong. Thuan was born into a family with a long Catholic tradition, including relatives who are among martyrs since 1698. From an early age, Thuan was brought up in a Catholic environment with deep faith, owing much to his exemplary holy mother, Elizabeth. http://www.vanthuanobservatory.org/cardinale-van-thuan/la-vita.php?lang=en