Vatican - Validity of Diocesan Inquiry into Cause of Servants of God Rodolfo Lunkenbein and Simão Bororo

31 December 2020

(ANS - Vatican City) - The Congregation for the Causes of Saints, in the Ordinary Congress of 16 December 2020, after examining the Acts of the diocesan inquiry carried out, from 2018 to 2020, in the Diocese of Barra do Garças (Brazil) on the life and martyrdom, on the reputation of martyrdom and signs of the Servants of God Rodolfo Lunkenbein, professed priest of the Society of St. Francis de Sales, and of Simone Cristiano Koge Kudugodu, known as "Simão Bororo", replied in the "affirmative" as regards the legal validity of that investigation. The document, signed by the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, confirms that the testification and documentary proofs have been collected according to the established norms.

Commenting on the document, the Postulator General, Fr Pierluigi Cameroni, underscored that “this is a great milestone, the result of the work carried out with passion and competence in the diocesan phase. A special thanks goes to the members of the diocesan Tribunal, to the Vice-Postulator Fr Paulo Jácomo Eduardo, to Fr João Bosco Maciel for their generous dedication, and to Dr. Lodovica Maria Zanet for her constant and qualified collaboration.”

Fr Gildásio Dos Santos Mendes, today General Councilor for Social Communication and who in his capacity as Provincial of the Campo Grande Province has supported the Cause with determination, expresses his joy as follows: “This news, which arrived at Christmas time, is a special gift for the whole Church, the Salesian Family and indigenous peoples from all over the world. It is also an invitation to continue praying for the good outcome of the Cause itself, and a stimulus for all of us to live our vocation in following Christ with hope, in fidelity to Don Bosco our father, who taught us by his example, that holiness is the main goal of our life.”

Now the Congregation for the Causes of Saints will proceed with the appointment of the Relator and an external Collaborator for the preparation of the "Positio super martyrio", that is the volume that presents and examines the life, the material and formal martyrdom of the Servants of God, the reputation of martyrdom and signs.


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