26 January to 1 February 2014

The round up for 26 January to 1 February 2014.

There are no beatifications scheduled for this week.

Sunday 26 January, in 1689 in New Mexico, the martyrdom of Manuel Beltran.  His martyrdom appears unsure, but his death marked the effective end of the missions in New Mexico.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 26 January, of interest in Argentina, the feast of Bl Jose Gabriel del Rosario Brochero.

Monday 27 January, I have nothing.

Tuesday 28 January, in Washington, D.C., in 2007, the repose of Robert Drinan.  He is one of only two priests ever to serve as a U.S. Representative.  He voluntarily left elected office when S John Paul forbade clergy from holding such office.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 28 January, of interest to the Breton, the repose of Bl Julien Maunoir.  A Breton Jesuit, he is known for helping revive Catholicism in Brittany.  He was beatified in 1951.

Also 28 January, also of interest to the Breton, the repose in Paris in 1908 of the Servant of God Francois-Marie-Benjamin Richard de la Vergne.  Born in Nantes, he died Cardinal Archbishop of Paris.  His cause has been open for nearly a century, but I am not aware of recent movement in it.

Also 28 January, of interest in Argentina, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Leonor Lopez de Maturana Ortiz de Zarate.

Also 28 January, the feast of Bl Charlemagne.  His cult was confirmed by Pope Benedict XIV.

Wednesday 29 January, of interest to the Breton, the feast of S Gildas the Wise.  A Welshman by birth, he spent much of his life living, writing and teaching in Brittany.  He died in 570, or thereabouts, and his veneration is ancient, but I am not aware that his cult has ever been confirmed by Rome.

Also 29 January, and also of interest to the Breton, the repose in 2009 in India of Francois Guezou.  A Salesian priest from Brittany, he spent the majority of his life serving the poor in India.  Indeed, he continues to do so, through organisations which he set up.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization, but this week is the earliest such a cause could officially be launched.

Thursday 30 January, the execution of King Charles I of England, Scotland and Ireland.  Though a Stuart, he seems always to have been an Anglican.  (He was the last Anglican Stuart.)  I understand he is the only post-Reformation saint to have been canonized by the Church of England, where he is honored as S Charles, King and Martyr.

Friday 31 January, the death of King Charles III of England, Scotland and Ireland, known as the Young Pretender, or as Bonnie Prince Charlie.  He was the last Stuart to attempt a Restoration.

Also 31 January, of interest in Venezuela, the feast of Bl Susana Paz-Castillo Ramirez.

Saturday 1 February, in 1908 in North Carolina, the repose of Rafael Guastavino.  A Catalan architect, he is best known for his construction innovations and his architectural work in America, both religious and secular.  Among the former is the Basilica of S Lawrence in Asheville, North Carolina, wherein he is interred.  Due to a change in zoning regulations between the deaths of himself and his family members, his is the only body in the basilica, eternally suspended above and below the empty slots.  I am not aware of a cause for his canonization.

Also 1 February, of interest to the Breton, the feast of Bl John of the Grating.  A Cistercian from Brittany, he was Bishop of Alet (now Saint-Malo).  His cult was confirmed in 1517.

Also 1 February, of interest in Mexico, the repose of the Venerable Servant of God Ramon Ibarra Gonzalez.

Also 1 February, of interest in Colombia, the feast of Bl Luigi Variara.

All the saints, orate pro nobis.

All the martyrs, orate pro nobis.

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