“I am, therefore, very happy with the conclusion of this stage,” said Sister Angela Coelho who is the vice-postulator for Sister Lucia’s cause.

It took from 2008 when her cause opened until now to complete the necessary work because of the volumes of material that had to be examined.

For one, there were the testimonies that had to be gathered from 60 witnesses concerning the holiness and heroic virtues of Sister Lucia.

For another, all of her writings had to be gathered and examined.

“Each page that Sister Lucia wrote had to be meticulously analyzed and we are talking of a universe of 10,000 letters that we managed to gather and of a diary with 2,000 pages, in addition to other more personal texts,” explained Sister Angela Coelho who had already been familiar with the seer.

She explained that Sister Lucia’s process took long because she was “a woman who lived almost 98 years, who corresponded with popes, since Pius XII to John Paul II, with cardinals” plus a great many others.

The diocesan phase required about 30 people working fulltime. They included eight people on the historical commission and 18 theologians.

Sister Angela also remains the postulator for the cause of canonization of Blessed Francisco and Jacinta Marto, Lucia’s cousins who were the other two seers of Fatima. They were beatified by St. John Paul II on a Fatima anniversary, May 13, 2000. Sister Lucia was present in Fatima for the joyous occasion of their beatification.

In fact, she is now buried with her cousins and fellow seers in the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary in the Shrine of Fatima.

Next Immediate Steps

With the diocesan stage of the process of Sister Lucia’s canonization cause now finished, from the voluminous material a positio — the official position document — will be written and delivered to the Vatican congregation for the Causes for Canonization. The positio is usually very long since it’s a compilation of the studies and reports the commissions arrived at.

The less formal needs and steps are also very important.

The Fatima Shrine’s rector Father Cabecin has made clear what is now necessary.

“The challenge that I leave for everyone is that you all pray for the process to reach its end as fast as possible,” he said. “We are all aware of the importance of Sister Lucia, the seer that lived more years; her fame of holiness and what is expected is that we may support with our prayer a complex process but which we are certain that it will get good reception.”

via NCRegister.com…