Postulator Named to Sister Lucia's Cause

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COIMBRA, Portugal, APRIL 2, 2008 (Zenit.org).- Spanish Father Ildefonso Moriones was named the postulator of the cause of beatification of Sister Lucia, one of the three Fatima visionaries.



Father Moriones was named by Bishop Albino Cleto of Coimbra, the general postulator for the Order of Discalced Carmelites. According to the diocesan news service, the Vatican has already approved the appointment.

In February, on the third anniversary of Sister Lucia's death, Benedict XVI dispensed the five-year waiting period established by Canon Law to open her cause of beatification.

A vice postulator is still to be named.

The dispensation of the five-year waiting period has only been given in two other cases: Pope John Paul II and Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.