The Postulator of the Cause of Canonization
Romano Gambalunga, of the Discalced Carmelites, was born in Trento, Italy on September 25, 1970. He was ordained a priest in 1997 after he finished his License in Philosophy and Mysticism at the Pontifical Atheneum of St. Anselm in Rome and also a License in Theology with a specialization in Spirituality at the Institute of Spirituality of the Pontifical Theological Faculty of the Teresianum of Rome.
In the years 2004-2015 he was a professor of Spiritual Theology, Introduction to Theology, Theological Metodology and Mystical Theology of St. John of the Cross at the Teresianum.
In 2011 he completed his doctorate in History of Theology at the Institute Mabillon of the Pontifical Atheneum of St. Anselm in Rome.
In 2012 he attended courses by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and received his diploma. Then he was named General Postulator of the Carmelite Order on June 6th of the same year. He recently worked on and completed the process of canonization for the first married couple written in the canon of saints: Louis and Zelie Martin, the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, and that of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity, a Carmelite sister.
Iter of the Cause of Beatification
The Apostolic Constitution Divinus perfectionis Magister of January 25, 1983 set forth the procedure for the inquiries which henceforth are to be made by Bishops in the causes of saints and likewise entrusted to this Sacred Congregation the duty of publishing particular Norms for this purpose. The Sacred Congregation has developed the following norms, which the Supreme Pontiff directed to be examined by a Plenary Meeting of the Fathers who are Members of this Congregation, which was held on June 22nd and 23rd of 1981. After consulting all the heads of the Offices of the Roman Curia, the same Pontiff approved these norms and ordered them to be published. (AAS LXXV, 1983, 349-355)
To open a Cause at least five years need to pass after the death of the candidate. This is to allow greater balance and objectivity in the assessment of the case and to let the emotions, immediately following the death, to settle. The conviction among the people about the holiness of the candidate must be clear (fama sanctitas) along with the power of their intercession before the Lord (fama signorum). http://www.postocd.org/iter-chiara-corbella
Actor Causae: Association Chiara Corbella Petrillo
On June 13, 2017, five years after the birth of Chiara to heaven, the Chiara Corbella Petrillo Association was created.
In order for the Church to be able to examine the fruits of the life of Chiara, it is necessary that someone, in the name of a large part of God’s people, requests it. We therefore wanted to found the Chiara Corbella Petrillo Association with the aim of initiating, fostering and supporting her cause of beatification. This association is composed of the members of the “Rosary Group” who gathered around Chiara as little by little God’s plan was revealed and accomplished in her. These are the witnesses of the events that took place during the four years of her marriage to Enrico and recounted in the book We are born and we will never die again (English title: Chiara Corbella Petrillo: A Witness to Joy).