The Cause of Beatification and Canonization of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta
On the Solemnity of Christ the King, 20 November, 1994 in the Mother church of Corato, Mons. Carmelo Cassati, Archbishop of Trani-Barletta-Bisceglie, having received the Non Obstare issued by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, blessed the opening of the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta, secular third order Dominican. With the Archbishop himself as president of the Ecclesiastical Tribunal, joined by enthusiastic faithful from southern Italy and around the world, Luisa began her triumphal journey toward the Honors of the Altar.
On October 29, 2005 Archbishop Giovan Battista Pichierri concluded the Diocesan phase for the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta. The Cause has now been officially transferred to the Vatican for the Roman phase of the beatification process.
Archbishop Pichierri at Diocesan closure
The Cause of Luisa arrives at the Vatican March 2006
Closing of the Diocesan Phase of the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of the Servant of God, Luisa Piccarreta October 29, 2005
When her Cause for Beatification and Canonization was officially proposed, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, at that time the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, nullified the previous condemnations of the Index, thereby removing the impediment to her Cause. Thus on the Feast of Christ the King, Sunday November 20, 1994, the process for the Cause of the Servant of God, Luisa Piccarreta, was finally opened.
And most recently, the second theologian assigned to evaluate the writings of Luisa Piccarreta by the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of the Saints has given a positive, that is, a favorable judgement. This means that both of the official censors librorum for the cause of Luisa have found nothing contrary to the faith in her writings, and her cause can now go forward.
-Source: Padre Bernadino Bucci
Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta, pray for us!
“…in My all-seeingness, I see that these writings will be for My Church like a new sun which will rise in Her midst; and drawn by its blazing light, creatures will apply themselves in order to be transformed into this light and become spiritualized and divinized, in such a way that, as the Church will be renewed, they will transform the face of the earth.” Jesus to Luisa – February 10, 1924
Please continue to pray daily for:
Msgr. Paolo Rizzi, the new postulator of the Cause of Beatification of Luisa Piccarreta
click on link below for official website story:
Please pray for the surrender of Luisa’s Original Volumes 35 and 36 – a brief note on this can be found below or at top drop-down bar under “The Cause”.
Facts concerning the Writings and Luisa Piccarreta can also be found below, or at top drop-down bar under “The Cause”.
Notice from Archbishop Pichierri can be found below, or at top drop-down bar under “The Cause”.
His Holiness Benedict XVI and Luisa Piccarreta written by the daughter of José Luis Acuña of Mexico can be found below, or at top drop-down bar under “The Cause”.
Luisa’s room now in the care of
(Links can be found on home page)
Luisa’s tomb inside Santa Maria Greca Church
March 4, 1987 Canonical Decree issued for the Association of Luisa Piccarreta in Corato, Italy under the reign of Pope John Paul II
June 1, 1990 in the Temple of the Evangelical Rogation of the Heart of Jesus and Sanctuary of Saint Anthony in Messina, the exhumation and recognition of the corpse of the Venerable Father Annibale takes place. His body is found to be wonderfully uncorrupted.
July 14, 1990 the Special Congress of the Theological Consultors, reunited in the Congregation of the Causes of the Saints after the result of the Medical Council, expresses its unanimous favorable opinion and defines the recovery of Gleida Danese, attributed to the intercession of Father Annibale, miraculous.
October 7, 1990 in Rome, in St. Peter’s Square, Pope John Paul II proclaimed Father Annibale Blessed.
November 20, 1994 Feast of Christ the King – Archbishop Cassati officially opened the Beatification of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta
February 2, 1996 Feast of the Presentation – Pope John Paul II permits copying original volumes of Luisa which were contained in Vatican Archives
October 24, 2002 In Iloilo (Philippines), conclusion of the Diocesan investigation on the presumed miraculous recovery of the little girl Charisse Nicole Diaz attributed to the intercession of Blessed Father Annibale.
May 16, 2004 Annibale Maria Di Francia – Luisa’s Confessor and Ecclesiastical Censor of her Writings Canonized by Pope John Paul II and declares him the Saint to pray to for Vocations and Father of orphans and of the poor
October 27-29, 2005 Conclusion of the diocesan process and the Cause of Luisa passes to Rome
March 7, 2006 3 days after the 59th anniversary of Luisa’s passage to Heaven the Cause of Luisa Piccarreta was officially opened in Rome
July 7, 2010 Pope Benedict XVI blesses 17.5′ statue of Saint Annibale Maria Di Francia at Saint Peter Basilica in the Vatican
July 23, 2010 Sister Assunta Marigliano, President of the Pious Association announced unoficially ‘great news which brings great joy’:
“We are glad to inform you that the second Theologian, which the Holy See had appointed to review the Writings of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta, has completed his task and given his approval.”
July 24, 2010 The two Theological Censors appointed by the Holy See to review the Writings of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta have given their approval
February 12, 2011 Father Luigi Borriello of Torre del Greco, Italy named Promoter of the Faith for the Congregation of the Causes of the Saints
April 23-26, 2015 IV International Conference in Corato, celebrating the 150th birthday of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta (see 2015 CONFERENCE on home page for more information)
His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI blesses the 17.5’ statue of St. Annibale Maria Di Francia at Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican, Rome on July 7, 2010. St. Annibale was the Ecclesiastical Censor of Luisa’s writings until his death in 1927. Volumes 1-19 bear his Nihil Obstat. Additionally, he was responsible for publishing Luisa’s work “The Hours of the Passion” in 1915
“It seems that Our Lord, Who century after century increases the wonders of His Love more and more,
wanted to make of this virgin with no education, whom He calls the littlest one that He found on earth,
the instrument for a mission so sublime that no other can be compared to it – that is,
the triumph of the Divine Will upon the whole earth,
in conformity with what is said in the Our Father: Fiat Voluntas Tua sicut in Coelo et in Terra.”
St. Annibale Maria Di Francia
Santa Maria Greca
Protector of Corato
Miraculous image of Saint Mary the Greek that appeared on 18 July 1656 in Corato, Italy
A history of the miraculous image “Santa Maria Greca” can be found below, or at top drop-down bar under “The Cause”.
Saint Mary the Greek Church holds great significance in the life and death of Luisa Piccarreta. Her last confessor up to the time of her death was Father Benedetto Calvi, Parish Priest of Saint Mary the Greek Church. It was in this Church that Luisa, when she was nine years old, received First Communion and the Sacrament of Confirmation on the “in Albis” Sunday of 1874. Luisa used to remain in Saint Mary the Greek Church for hours at a time, kneeling motionless, engrossed in profound contemplation. At the age of 18, Luisa became a tertiary Dominican with the name of Sister Magdalena. At that time, the Parish Priest of Saint Mary the Greek, was promoting the Third Order, and Luisa was one of the first. Archbishop Mons. Addazi obtained permission from the Holy Office (5-11-1962) to transfer the mortal remains of Luisa to inside Saint Mary the Greek Church with the internment occuring on July 3, 1962.
Funeral Procession of Luisa 1947