12 Oct Canonization of Blessed Vincenzo Romano
On October 14, 2018, in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis will enrol the blessed Vincenzo Romano, diocesan priest, parish priest of Santa Croce in Torre Greco (Naples) in the catalogue of the saints. His Cause of Canonization had been entrusted to the Postulator General of our Order, Rev. Luca M. De Rosa, OFM, in 1998. After an in-depth study of a miraculous healing that took place in the Archdiocese of Naples in 1989 attributed to the intercession of the blessed the Cause has happily concluded.
The new saint was born in Torre del Greco (Naples) in 1751 and spent his entire life there, sanctifying himself in the priestly ministry. He was a wise educator of groups of young people, several of whom he started on the way to the priesthood; a zealous minister of liturgical worship and of the celebration of the sacraments; a fervent preacher of the Word of God. He cared for the poor and the sick and took an active interest in the social reality of his time, in particular coral fishermen and their families, who drew their livelihood from the sea. Following the ruinous eruption of Vesuvius that destroyed the parish church and much of the town (1794), Don Vincenzo Romano was the very heart and soul of the material and spiritual rebirth of Torre del Greco. Having rebuilt the church of Santa Croce even more beautifully, rich in merits and surrounded by a vast reputation for holiness, he fell asleep in the Lord on December 20, 1831. He was beatified by Paul VI on November 17, 1963.