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The cause of Sister Dulce's Canonization began in January 2000. With the beginning of the process, her remains, which since 1992 (year of her death) were in the Church of Conceição da Praia, were then transferred to the Chapel of the Holy Convent of Santo Antônio, at the headquarters of the Irmã Dulce Social Works (OSID), also in Salvador. The Holy See issued the legal validation of the virtual miracle in the process in June 2003. As early as April 2009, Pope Benedict XVI acknowledged the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Dulce Lopes Pontes, officially authorizing the granting of the title of Venerable to the Nun from Bahia. The title was the recognition that Irma Dulce lived, to a heroic degree, the Christian virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity.

The College of Cardinals, Bishops and Theologians after the analysis of Positio - mixed canonical document of story Biography and virtues and summary of the testimonies of the process, granted in 2008 and announced in 2009 the favorable and unanimous vote of the Congregation for the Cause of Saints. This led the title of Venerable. The theologians who studied the life and works of Sister Dulce defined her as "Mother Teresa of Brazil", for the similarities of her Christian witness with the Beata of Calcutta, being "a comfort for the poor and an examination of conscience for the rich".

On June 9, 2010, the exhumation and transfer of the relics (term used to designate the body or part of the body of the blessed or saints) of Venerable Dulce to her definitive chapel located in the Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Mother of God, located next to the OSID headquarters, is done. The Chapel of the Relics was built in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, erected on the site of the former Roma Cinema and the Work Circle of Bahia, built by the nun in the 1940s.

In October 2010, the Congregation for the Cause of Saints, through a unanimous and favorable vote of its college of cardinals and bishops, recognized the authenticity of a miracle attributed to Sister Dulce, thus fulfilled the penultimate stage of the process of Canonization: Stage that would lead to the beatification of the religious the following year. The announcement was made on October 27, 2010 by the then Archbishop Primate of Brazil, Cardinal Geraldo Majella Agnelo, in a meeting held at the headquarters of the Irmã Dulce Social Works in Salvador.

The miracle occurred in the city of Itabaiana, in Sergipe, when, after giving birth to her second son, Gabriel, Claudia Cristina dos Santos suffered a heavy hemorrhage for 18 hours, having undergone three surgeries at the São José Maternity. Of the gravity of the picture, the obstetrician Antonio Cardoso warned the family that only "a divine help" could save Claudia's life. In desperation, the family of that woman called Father José Almí to minister the anointing of the sick. The priest, however, decided to make a chain of pray requesting the intercession of Irma Dulce and gave Claudia a small relic of the Blessed One. The bleeding stopped abruptly.

Ten Brazilian medical experts and six Italians analyzed the case of Cláudia. According to the doctor Sandro Barral, one of the members of the scientific commission that analyzed the miracle, "no one could explain the reason for that improvement, so quickly, in such an adverse condition." The miracle went through three stages of evaluation: a meeting with medical experts (who gave the scientific endorsement), with theologians, and finally the final approval of the cardinal college, having their authenticity recognized unanimously at all stages.

Already on December 10, 2010, Pope Benedict XVI authorized the promulgation of the edict of the miracle that transformed Venerable Dulce into Blessed. Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, was granted permission by the pontiff in a private audience at the Vatican.

With the final recognition of the Pope, the way was then opened for the holding of the Beatification Ceremony of Irma Dulce, an event that took place on May 22, 2011, in Salvador. On that occasion, the nun from Bahia was recognized with the title of "Bem-Aventurada Dulce dos Pobres", with 13 August as the official date for the celebration of her liturgical feast.

Currently, Sister Dulce is in the final process of Canonization, a stage that began in December 2010, from the papal decree. For the canonization is necessary the approval of a new miracle attributed to the intercession of the Blessed. However, this new grace must have occurred after December 11, 2010 - the date of the promulgation of the papal decree on the first miracle, to be analyzed by the Vatican as a potential miracle of its sanctification or canonization. At the canonization’s moment, the Holy Father, by virtue of his infallibility, declares that the Blessed is among the saints of heaven and inscribes his name in the official list (canon) of the Saints of the Church.

 

 

 

 

 

  • 12 JUN

    The Archdiocese of Salvador has issued a notice where Bishop Geraldo Majella Agnelo, Cardinal Archbishop of Salvador and primate of Brazil, asks all the faithful to communicate, directly or through the commission for the Cause of Beatification, all the information with favorable elements or not related to the Sister Dulce's fame of holiness. All the writings attributed to her should be collected, too.

    13 AGO

    The Italian friar Paolo Lombardo was invited to be the postulator of the Cause.

     

    14 AGO

    The Congregation for the Cause of Saints issued a public notice granting the "Nihil Obstat", a document where the Holy See decrees that there is no impediment to the entrance of the Cause.

     

    28 SET

    The 1st meeting of the Pro-Beatification Commission was held to discuss the collection of funds for the Process.

  • 17 JAN

    The opening ceremony of the Canonical Process about Irma Dulce’s life, virtues and fame was held at the Basilica Cathedral in Salvador, where the Ecclesiastical Tribunal was inaugurated. It was presided by the Cardinal Archbishop of Salvador and Primate of Brazil, Archbishop Geraldo Majella Agnelo, Who constituted the historic commission, responsible for the search and preparation of all documents that refer to the person, virtues and works of the Servant of God.

     

    26 MAI

    The remains of Irma Dulce were transferred from the Church of Conceição da Praia, where she was buried, to the Chapel of the Santo Antônio Convent.

    SET

    The preliminary architectural study of the Irma Dulce Shrine, the Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Mother of God, was presented. To build this church complies with a recommendation from the Vatican that the candidates for Blessed and Holy must have a place of devotion, being the guarantee of permanence and survival of spirituality and the maintenance of the charisma of Sister Dulce

  • 22 FEV

    The Ecclesiastical Tribunal received the report of a miracle achieved through the intercession of Irma Dulce. The case was evaluated by the medical team of the Hospital Santo Antônio and started to be studied with the rigors required.

    8 MAI

    The government of the State of Bahia sanctioned a law giving up the building of the Worker Circle of Bahia to the Irma Dulce’s Social Works to host, in part of the building, the Immaculate Conception of God’s Mother Church.

     

    18 MAI

    The Historical Commission delivered to the Ecclesiastical Court the results of the investigations carried out.

    1 JUN

    The Diocesan Canonical Process for the canonization of the Servant of God, Dulce Lopes Pontes, was concluded when a closing ceremony was held at the Basilica Cathedral of Salvador, presided over by the Cardinal Archbishop of Salvador and Primate of Brazil, the Archbishop Geraldo Majella Agnelo.

    2 JUN

    The Ecclesiastical Tribunal in the Congregation for the Cause of Saints delivered his work.

    7 NOV

    The Congregation for the Cause of Saints recognized the legal validity of the documentation presented and started the Roman phase of the Cause.

  • 13 MAR

    After 10 years of the Servant of God’s death was launched the Campaign of the “Tijolinho”, aiming to raise the funds for the construction of the Church of the Immaculate Conception of God’s Mother.

    JUN

    Positio was ready. It is a canonical document that mixes biographical facts, virtues and a summary of the testimonies of the process that attest the virtuous actions of Irma Dulce.

    27 DEZ

    The book "Seeds of Love - The Wisdom of Sister Dulce in 85 Thoughts" was launched at the Jorge Amado Foundation.

  • 15 JAN

    The Ecclesiastical Tribunal was installed to study the case of the possible miracle attributed to Irma Dulce.

    MAI

    The São Paulo governor at that time, José Serra, presents a letter requesting the Beatification of Sister Dulce to the representative of Pope Benedict XVI on a visit to Brazil for the Canonization of Frei Galvão in São Paulo.

    13 MAI

    It was launched at the Costa Pinto Museum, the biography "Sister Dulce, the Good Angel of Bahia", written by Gaetano Passarelli. Graduated in theology in the tradition of the Byzantine Catholic Church and a specialist in Byzantine History, Philology and Liturgy and Greek Paleography, the Italian Gaetano Passarelli is the author of several biographies of Catholic saints and Positios for the Congregation for the Cause of Saints in the Vatican.

    JUN

    The Vatican recognizes the legal validity of a possible miracle occurred through the intercession of Sister Dulce.

    OUT

    The Congregation of the Saint’s cause of the Vatican, received the Servant of God Positio. 

    DEZ

    Monsenhor Saraiva Martins, prefect of the Congregation for the Cause of Saints, visited the Sister Dulce Social Works.

  • 20 JAN

    The Congregation for the Cause of Saints announced a unanimous and favorable vote by its College of Cardinals, Bishops and Theologians of the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Dulce Lopes Pontes. The votes will be transmitted to Pope Benedict XVI who can grant Sister Dulce the title of Venerable. Archbishop Geraldo Majella Agnelo transmitted the announcement in Brazil and the decree will be published soon after the signature of His Holiness. This title is the recognition that Irma Dulce lived in a heroic degree the Christian virtues of faith, hope and charity and allows the cause of beatification to fulfill its last stage: confirmation of the miracle that must pass through the last analysis by the end of that year.

    3 ABR

    Pope Benedict XVI recognized the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Dulce Lopes Pontes, officially authorizing the granting of the title of Venerable to the nun from Bahia. The recognition was communicated by the Pope to the prefect of the Congregation for the Saint’s Cause, Archbishop Angelo Amato. The title is the recognition that Irma Dulce lived, to a heroic degree, the Christian virtues of faith, hope and charity.

  • 27 MAI

    The relics of Venerable Irma Dulce were taken from the tomb located in the Chapel of the Santo Antonio Convent, where they had been deposited since the year 2000 when the process of Beatification and Canonization began, for the transfer procedures to the definitive tomb in the Immaculate Conception's Mother of God.

    8 JUN

    A public display of the relics of Venerable Dulce took place during a vigil at the Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Mother of God, which began at 8:00 p.m.

    9 JUN

    Solemn Mass was celebrated at the Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Mother of God, presided over by the Cardinal Archbishop of Salvador and Primate of Brazil, Dom Geraldo Majella, at 10:00 AM. After the Mass the relics were deposited in the final tomb in the presence of general public.

    27 OUT

    Cardinal Fr. Geraldo Majella Agnelo announces at a press conference the favorable and unanimous vote of the College of Cardinals and Bishops of the Congregation for the Cause of Saints, the authenticity of a miracle attributed to Irma Dulce, thus fulfilling the last stage of the beatification process of the nun.

    10 DEZ

    Pope Benedict XVI authorizes the promulgation of the decree of the miracle that transforms Venerable Dulce into Blessed. Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, was given permission by the pontiff to a private audience in the Vatican.

    11 DEZ

    One day after the papal decree, the process of canonization began. This means that the Vatican as the potential miracle of its sanctification or canonization can analyze any grace that has occurred from this date.

  • 22 MAI

    The Sisterhood's Beatification Ceremony is held. The historic celebration, which crowned the first beata born in Bahia, brought together more than 70 thousand people in the Parque de Exposições de Salvador. After 11 years of waiting, the nun, known by all as the Good Angel of Brazil, was renamed “Bem-Aventurada Dulce dos Pobres” (Blessed Dulce of the poor), and August 13 was officially celebrated for her liturgical feast.

See Also

Irmã Dulce's Life

Main events that marked the trajectory of the Bahian nun who dedicated her life to the poor and sick.

Sanctuary

Também conhecido como Igreja da Imaculada Conceição da Mãe de Deus, o Santuário da Santa Dulce dos Pobres fica ao lado da sede das Obras Sociais. Durante o mês de agosto, especialmente dia 13, o Santuário recebe milhares de fiéis para comemorar a festa litúrgica da Santa.

Memorial

Exposição permanente sobre o legado de amor e caridade da Santa Dulce dos Pobres, reunindo mais de 800 peças que ajudam a preservar e manter vivos os ideais da religiosa.

Radio Program

Reflexões inspiradas nas lições de vida do Anjo Bom do Brasil. O programa Irmã Dulce Hoje vai ao ar de segunda a sexta-feira, das 15h40 às 15h50, pela Rede Excelsior (FM 106.1 e AM 840).

Chaplaincy

A religious space, always with open doors and able to give spiritual support to those who need it most.

  • Sister Dulce of the Poor

    Irma Dulce’s biography written by the sister's niece, Maria Rita Pontes, emphasizes the examples of kindness, charity and love to others left by the Mother of the Poor.

  • Irmã Dulce: The Good Angel of Bahia

    It narrates the trajectory of the Blessed Dulce of the Poor, whose maxim was "To Love and Serve", making her own existence a living instrument of faith.

  • Five minutes with Irmã Dulce and God

    Selection of excerpts from the Bible organized together with thoughts of Sister Dulce, which lead to reflection and prayer.

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