On November 21, 1997, Angela’s body was found incorrupt. We remind you that she died in 1961.
CAUSE OF BEATIFICATION AND TRANSFER OF HER BODY
Following several reports of persons receiving favors and graces by Angela’s intercession, the name of this “Servant of God” spread all over the national territory. Thus, after the necessary investigations, on February 1, 1991, a formal request was presented to Cardinal Michele Giordano, Archbishop of Naples, to initiate the cause of beatification. On June 11, 1991, the authorization (Nihil Obstat) was granted by the Holy See; and on September 28, 1991, the Archbishop of Naples issued the official decree to initiate the cause of Angela’s beatification. After taking counsel with the regional bishops, the Archbishop of Naples appointed the Episcopal Delegate, the Promoter of Justice, the Notary, and the assistant Notary.

From October14, 1991 to October 11, 1993, during 31 sessions held at the Archbishop’s Curia of Naples, the diocesan tribunal examined the testimony of 27 witnesses, of which 25 were summoned by the Postulator, and 2 were summoned (ex officio) by virtue of an ecclesiastical writ. Twenty of these witnesses testified as people who had personally known (de visu) Angela, and 7 of them testified as people who had personally interviewed (ex auditu) eye-witnesses. Among the testimonies were present 4 relatives of the Servant of God.

On June 11, 1993 a “decretum super non cultu” was issued by the Archbishop, proving that the decree of Pope Urban VIII -- regarding the prohibition of public worship of servants of God before their beatification -- had been obeyed.

Finally, on November 21, 1997, at the conclusion of a long burocratic procedure -- which went on for several years -- Cardinal Michele Giordano, Metropolitan Archbishop of Naples, gave permission to transfer the precious remains of Angela’s body from the family cemetery chapel to the Parish Church of S. Giovanni dei Fiorentini, in Naples.

Angela’s body was temporarily placed in a room adjacent to the sacristy, where it underwent a canonical recognition by a medical commission, which had been appointed by the President of the Diocesan Tribunal, Rev. Nunzio D'Elia. At the recognition were also present H. E. Mons. Eduardo D'Avino, former first Postulator of the Cause of Beatification, Mons. Nunzio D'Elia, Rev. Father Eduardo Pezzetti, Rev. Giovanni Brasco, as well Rev. Raffaele Sogno, Parish Priest of the Church of S. Giovanni dei Fiorentini.

Afterwards, Angela’s body was placed in a tomb on the wall of a lateral chapel, protected by a heavy marble slab, hiding the precious remains from the eyes of the visitors.

Also present at the ceremony were numerous Angela’s friends who, although not informed of the event, had become inquisitive upon discovering that Angela’s body was missing from the cemetery.

Thus, all united in prayer, the people and the Authorities thanked God for the great prodigies He performs in His chosen children. Together, they renewed the prayer for a speedy Process of Angela’s Beatification by Mother Church -- the only competent Authority that can properly evaluate the proofs and can issue a decree on the heroic virtues of this Servant of God -- God’s willing.

 
 
 
 
 
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