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Beatification tribunal for ‘miraculous’ couple starts

Inez and Henry Casolani.

Inez and Henry Casolani.

The tribunal to analyse the case for the beatification and canonisation of a Maltese couple was launched yesterday during a Mass led by Archbishop Charles Scicluna.

Following the death of Henry and Inez Casolani, claims of miraculous healings have been made to the Church.

A premature baby, who doctors said would not live and who has grown into a healthy boy, is among the cases mentioned.

Mr Casolani is also being analysed for the scientifically unexplainable instantaneous healing of macular degeneration.

The couple are also being considered for sainthood for their “united love towards God and living their lives according to the teachings of Christ”.

This is the first time a married couple is being analysed in this way

This is the first time in the history of the Maltese Church that a married couple is being analysed in this way.

The postulator of both causes is Canon Etienne Sciberras who made an official request to the Archbishop at the start of Mass at St Dominic church in Rabat.

He presented the Archbishop with a list of 180 witnesses who will appear before the tribunal with testimony. He also presented 60 declarations by people who have already died.

Mr Casolani spontaneously turned towards the divine help while his wife gave private lessons to the poor and was active in the life of the parish community mostly through her spiritual readings. In her later years, among other ailments, Mrs Casolani suffered from tinnitus, arthritis, shingles in the head and severe heart trouble.

The tribunal will start to analyse the cause for beatification and canonisation of the couple on October 3, a day before the start of the synod which will focus on the family.

Mr Casolani was born in Valletta on November 25, 1917, and died in 1999. He married Inez in April 1944 at St Augustine’s Church, Valletta. She died in 1992. They had only one child, Cecilia Mary, who became a Sister of St Joseph of the Apparition.

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