Mira Circa Nos: Canonization of Saint Francis of Assisi

Monday, October 3, AD 2011

Tomorrow is the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi and I will be having a post on him then.  However, I thought our readers would enjoy having a look at Mira Circa Nos, the papal bull which canonized Saint Francis less than two years after his death.  There has been some criticism of recent canonizations on the ground that they occur too rapidly after the death of the person canonized.  By and large this is a just criticism. However, there are some saints so remarkable that canonization seems to be simply a recognition of a self-evident reality, and the canonization of Saint Francis was certainly in that category.

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