Friday, January 9, 2015

ROBERTO CLEMENTE'S CANONIZATION RECEIVES PAPAL MESSAGE OF SUPPORT TODAY

Pope Francis sent a letter of blessing to the efforts to canonize Pittsburgh Pirates baseball legend Roberto Clemente today. The notification from the Pope came today through his representative, the United States Apostolic Nunciature to Pittsburgh native Richard Rossi, who wrote and directed the feature film "Baseball's Last Hero: 21 Clemente Stories," a feature dramatic film that has catalyzed an effort to canonize Clemente as a saint. The letter is from the Undersecretary of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints telling Senor Rossi he has handled the start of the process correctly by his beginning dialogues and answering questions with the bishop of San Juan (the diocese Clemente died in when his plane crashed in a humanitarian mission of mercy).

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  1. I am contacting you for comments -- and help finding Mr. Rossi -- in order to write a story for tomorrow's Post-Gazette about this canonizartion effort. Thank you! Diana Nelson Jones, reporter, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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  2. That's not a letter from the Pope. That's a letter from the Undersecretary of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints telling whomever that they need to start the process with the bishop of whichever diocese Clemente last lived in.

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  3. Thank you Diana for your interest. The last email we were aware of for Senor Rossi is ClementeMovie@gmail.com Thank you Thomas Szyszkiewicz for your clarifying comment and for the good work you have done as a writer for the Catholic press. It's important in our elation about this cause to insure everything is technically correct.

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