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The Cause of Beatification of Chiara corbella Petrillo

June 13th, 2017 marked the end of the time needed for the Church to verify if the enthusiasm that followed the funeral of Chiara and the interest sparked by how she lived her brief and intense life are just a smoldering flame or rather a fire lit by the Holy Spirit in order to ignite and illuminate the life of her children.

The fruits that many of the faithful continue to receive in the most unthinkable ways after hearing about Chiara’s life are evident signs of her fame of sanctity. For this reason, we are working, in conjunction with the Vicariate of Rome, on the cause of beatification and canonization of Chiara.


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.


Why do they raise money for a cause of beatification?

A cause of beatification (or canonization) is in every way an official process. Two tribunals are needed (one for the diocese in the informative process and one for the Vatican in the judicial phase) and two commissions of historians and of theologians are needed.

First of all, it is necessary to convene meetings in order to conduct the process and gather witnesses of the person’s life, then draft and print documents in multiple copies. And finally all the documentation is gathered in a single volume to show the work that divine grace has accomplished in Chiara and her extraordinary collaboration with it. The volume is written by a qualified individual and then is presented to the Congregation of the Causes of Saints for review and judgement.

In the event of an exceptional and unexpected healing that looks to be a miracle, which is indispensable if one is to arrive at beatification, then it will be necessary for the process in which, in addition to the two tribunals, doctors and theologians will become involved in order to confirm the extraordinariness of what happened.

All of this requires time and work of many professionals that will work to gather the evidence – whether that is on the virtues of Chiara or the possible miraculous healings – in order to present them in an orderly fashion and then evaluate them according to the norms established by the Church.

It is inevitable that there will be costs: the process itself and the professionals involved will need to be justly paid. The money donated to the Association Chiara Corbella Petrillo will serve precisely to guarantee the carrying out of this long, complex and delicate work, for the promotion of the awareness of what God has done in the life of Chiara for His glory and the good of many people.


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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).

June 2, 2018: Chiara Corbella Servant of God: Edict signed by Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, Vicar General

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).