Just a couple months ago in December of 2016, we received the news that Suzanne Aubert, the Sisters of Compassion foundress, had
been declared ‘venerable’ by Pope Francis on 1 December 2016. The news came via Vatican Radio and was printed on the website.
Being declared ‘venerable’ is a major step towards sainthood in the Catholic Church. There are a number of stages in the canonisation
process. In 2015, the official case for her proposed canonisation was submitted to the Congregation for the Cause of Saints in Rome.
Her case had been examined by Church historians and theologians and now, with the Pope’s approval, she has been declared
‘venerable’, which is the second stage on the way to being declared a saint.