The heroic virtues of Kateri Tekakwitha, " Lily of the Mohawks," have been formally recognised, and the cause for her beatification is advanced another step: namely, to the proof of the miracles proposed in her cause, by a decree of the Sacred Congregation of Rites, read and promulgated in the presence of Pope Pius XII. This was one of three decrees read and promulgated on this occasion.
The first decree completed the cause for the beatification of Venerable Contardo Ferrini, the Italian university professor, who died in 1902.
The second decree, by proving the martyrdom and dispensing with the proof of miracles, opened the way for the beatification of 29 persons killed during the Boxer Rebellion in China in 1900. These were eight Italians, four Frenchmen, one Alsatian, one Hollander, one Belgian, and 14 native Chinese. There were among them five Franciscan missionaries, seven Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Mary, five native Franciscan Tertiaries, five native seminarians, and four native .Franciscan lay Brothers.
The decree advancing the cause of Kateri Tekakwitha reported a detailed account of her life and her reputation for sanctity.
There was a ceremony of clothing and profession at the Convent of the Sacred Heart, Mapperley Road, Nottingham, last week. It was conducted, in the absence of the Bishop of Nottingham, by the parish priest of St. Augustine's Church, Nottingham,
Canon E. M. Parmentier.