Blessed Vincent Romano, diocesan priest and pastor

The Holy Father had an audience with Card. Angelo Amato, S.D.B., Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints on 6 March 2018. During this audience, Pope Francis authorized the Congregation to promulgate a decree regarding the miracle attributed to Blessed Vincent Romano, diocesan priest and pastor in Santa Croce, Torre del Greco (Naples). Bl. Vincent was born in Torre del Greco on June 3rd, 1751 and died there on December 20th, 1831.

Bl. Vincent Romano spent all of his life as a priest in Torre del Greco. He was pastor at Santa Croce, whose church he had rebuilt after it was destroyed in the disastrous eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 1794. After the example of the Good Shepherd, he guided the community under his care, confirming it in the faith and giving it life through his love. He cared for the poor and sick and was engaged in the social realities of his time, especially in matters associated with seafarers. When he died in 1831, his reputation for holiness was very well-known and he was beatified in 1963. In 1998 the cause for his canonization was entrusted to Br. Luca De Rosa, OFM Postulator General.