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The books estimated the average cost for each beatification at around 500,000 euros (0,000), with much of the proceeds going to a few lucky people with contracts to do the time-consuming investigations into the candidates' lives.
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The Vatican announced on Tuesday that Pope Francis has issued a new law outlining a new route: people who lived a good Catholic life and who freely accepted a certain and premature death for the good of others Under the new category, a miracle must be attributed to the candidate's intercession prior to beatification, the first step toward canonization as a saint.
Martyrdom, which stipulates being killed out of hatred for the faith, does not require a miracle.
The process to find a new saint usually begins in the diocese where he or she lived or died.
A postulator - essentially the cheerleader spearheading the project - gathers testimony and documentation and presents the case to the Vatican's Congregation for the Causes of Saints.
Until now, gaining consideration for sainthood in the Catholic Church required martyrdom, living a life of heroic values or - less frequently invoked - having a clear saintly reputation.Pope Francis has raised eyebrows with some rule-breaking beatifications and canonizations, waiving the need for miracles and canonizing more people in a single clip - more than 800 15th-century martyrs - than John Paul did in his 26-year pontificate (482).Francis has also imposed new financial accountability standards on the multimillion-dollar machine after uncovering gross abuses that were subsequently revealed in two books.Archbishop Marcello Bartoluccion, secretary of the Vatican Congregation for Saints' Causes, said the modification was meant to 'to promote heroic Christian testimony, (that has been) up to now without a specific process, precisely because it did not completely fit within the case of martyrdom or heroic virtues.' The Catholic Church has more than 10,000 saints, including 850 canonized by Pope Francis.Notable saints include Mother Teresa, author of most of the New Testament The Apostle Paul, St Augustine and St Patrick and Pope John Paul II.