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Diocese Seeks Sainthood for Archbishop Sheen

September 14, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

The Catholic Diocese of Peoria, Ill., has formally begun seeking sainthood for the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, who was a popular television personality in the 1950s.

Bishop Daniel Jenky said that the diocese's judicial vicar, Msgr. Richard Soseman, has delivered papers to the Cause for the Congregation of Saints at the Vatican to begin the campaign for Sheen's potential sainthood, the Associated Press reported.

Sheen, who died in 1979 at the age of 84, would be the first American-born male saint.

He hosted the "Life Is Worth Living" show from 1952 to 1957, had a popular radio show, wrote a newspaper column and became the bishop of Rochester, N.Y., in the 1960s. He was elevated to archbishop before his retirement in 1969.

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