The Process in the CCS - A Comparative Note

  • Cherian Thunduparampil Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram
Keywords: Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, Requirement of Miracle, Structure of the Process, Diocesan phase, Roman Phase


Miracles are a sign of God’s presence in the world and his mighty deeds, and veneration of the Church’s Saints is part and parcel of her history. For the official beatification and canonization of these holy people, the Church considers miracles performed by God through their intercession a prerequisite. Similarly, many miracles occur at Lourdes, an ecclesiastically-recognized place of pilgrimage, through the intercession of Our Lady. With Part I (Iust. Vol. 7, n. 1) of this article having treated the process of recognition of miracles at Lourdes, here in Part II the author deals with the canonical process for recognizing miracles of confessors and martyrs as currently followed by the CCS. The article concludes on a comparative note, indicating the similarities and dissimilarities between the recognition processes observed by CCS and MBL.

Author Biography

Cherian Thunduparampil, Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram

Cherian Thunduparampil CMI, a professed member of the religious congregation, Carmelites of Mary Immaculate, was born in 1964 and was ordained priest in 1994. He had his doctorate in Oriental Canon Law from PIO, Rome. Having a diploma in the canonization process from the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints in Rome, he serves as the postulator for several causes of beatification and canonization. Presently he is also the procurator general of the CMI congregation in Rome. He also teaches Canon Law in DVK, Bangalore and PIO, Rome. Having previously served the Institute of Oriental Canon Law as its director, he also serves as professor and as the founder Editor-in-Chief of this journal, Iustitia.