Its Process in Lourdes and rome, Part I

  • Cherian Thunduparampil Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram
Keywords: Blessed Virgin Mary, diseases, intercession


Miracles are a sign of God’s presence in the world and his mighty deeds, and veneration of the saints is part and parcel of the Church’s history. From its beginning, the Church has publicly honored its martyrs and, in the course of time, its confessors. However, the veneration of these holy people differs from the glory, honour and praise rendered to God and the Blessed Virgin Mary. In beatifying and canonizing them, the Church considers miracles that God performs
through their intercession, as a prerequisite. This process occurs in Rome. Similarly, following the apparition of Mother Mary in Lourdes a separate process has arisen there, an ecclesiastically-recognized place of pilgrimage where many miracles have occurred through the intercession of Our Lady. With this article, divided into two parts, the author will present and compare this process with that followed by Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome. Second part will appear in the next issue of Iustitia.

Author Biography

Cherian Thunduparampil, Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram

Fr. 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. He also teaches Canon Law in DVK, Bangalore and PIO, Rome. Having previously served the Institute of Oriental Canon Law as its director, he now serves as professor and as the chief editor of this journal, Iustitia.