The canonization process of Venerable Agnelo D’Souza has entered a new phase after the Congregation for the Causes of Saints began to study a miracle attributed to the saintly priest from Goa.
“The process of this case has begun,” Father Nazareth Fernandes, superior general of the Society of Pilar, said during the 95th death anniversary of Venerable Agnelo D’Souza, a member of the congregation.
The priest said Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, has informed the congregation that they have accepted the miracle and opened it for study on Nov. 3, 2021.
Father Fernandes said that the devotees of Venerable Agnelo are eagerly praying for his beatification and often ask when the Church would declare him a saint.
The death anniversary of Venerable Agnelo was celebrated on November 19 at the headquarters of the congregation in Pilar.
The venerable was born in Anjuna, Goa, on the January 21, 1869. He was ordained a priest in 1898 and served in Pilar, Shiroda, Sanvordem and Kumta.
He was appointed as a resident spiritual director of the Seminary of Rachol, where he served for nine years, until his death on November 20, 1927.
This year, the death anniversary was celebrated on November 19, a day earlier, as the day coincided with the solemnity of Christ the King, celebrated on November 20.
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