The late Archbishop Fulton Sheen, a charismatic figure of U.S. Roman Catholicism in the 20th century and a pioneer in using media for religious purposes, is one step closer to sainthood.
Pope Moves America’s ‘First Televangelist’ Closer To SainthoodA Vatican statement on Saturday said the Pope had approved a decree recognizing a miracle attributed to Sheen’s intercession, meaning he will be beatified. No date for the ceremony was given. Sheen, who was born in Illinois in 1895 and died in New York in 1979, was sometimes called the first “televangelist.”
The Vatican did not identify the miracle in the Sheen case. According to Catholic media, it was the full recovery of a baby that was stillborn in Illinois.