'Heroic' Fulton Sheen on path to sainthood
POPE Benedict XVI, pictured, has put Fulton John Sheen on the path to sainthood. Dr Sheen was the US bishop from Illinois whose radio and TV shows denouncing Communism and liberal psychology had a big following.
The Vatican yesterday said the Pope formally recognised the "heroic virtues" of Dr Sheen, a former Rochester bishop who died in New York in 1979 at the age of 85.
That formality paves the way for procedures aimed at possible beatification, the last formal step before sainthood.
Benedict also proclaimed as a martyr Sicilian priest Giuseppe "Pino" Puglisi, who was gunned down by the Mafia in 1993 after challenging mobsters to change their ways.