On Tuesday Pope Francis declared a new category of Christian life suitable for consideration of beatification called "offering of life" - in which a person has died prematurely through an offering of their life for love of God and neighbor. Pope Francis is essentially establishing a link between the offering of one's life to God for the good of others and ensuring he maintains and exhibits Christian virtues until death.
The addition of the new class for beatification was made with the support of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, which studied the matter during a plenary session on September 27, 2016.
Until now, it required martyrdom, living a life of heroic values or having a clear saintly reputation. Although martyrdom also involves death, the new category is distinct from it. A few moments later, he made her wildest dreams come true.
Under the new rules, those who lay down their lives to help others by "following in the footsteps and teaching of Jesus" will be eligible for beatification.
According to Pope Francis's letter, such Christians are "worthy of that admiration which the community of the faithful has usually reserved for those who have voluntarily accepted the martyrdom of blood or have exercised the Christian virtues to a heroic degree". Or it may include someone like Chiara Corbella, a young Italian mother who missed her chemotherapy treatment for cancer to ensure her son survived, The Guardian reports citing the I-Media agency which specialises in reports on the Vatican.
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Despite the extension of beatification criteria, there are still a number of other qualities a person must have to be beatified.
It added that possible candidates must have practised Christian values in their life before their selfless act and have a holy reputation, and must also be credited with a miracle after their death.
Prior to Francis, Pope John Paul II created the most saints of any pope in the church's history, canonizing 482 people.
Pope Francis has almost doubled his predecessor's record by having canonized 838 people so far, though 813 of them were martyrs from a single 13th-century event.