New rules published 29 September 2005 establish that the Ritual of Beatification "will take place in the Diocese that has promoted the Cause of the new Blessed". For the Cause of Antonio Rosmini the Diocese that initiated and conducted the gathering and verification of all information related to him was the Diocese of Novara.
Piedmont, and the Province of Novara in particular, was the "second home" for Rosmini after the difficulties created for him by the Austrian government in his native Province of Trent of which Rovereto was one of the main cities. He founded the Institute of Charity at Sacro Monte Calvario, Domodossola, with the approval of the local bishop of Novara. He then built the beautiful church and novitiate house at Stresa, where Rosmini was also given the splendid "Casa Bolongaro" which became his more permanent residence, the place of many meetings with important visitors, Manzoni in particular, and where he finally died on 1st July 1855.
What is Beatification?
Beatification is an act of the Pope by which permission is granted for public veneration and cult in a region, town, diocese, or religious Order of a Servant of God, after official acknowledgement of his heroic virtues and the attribution of one miracle due to his intercession.
The rite of Beatification developed progressively in the Church, as a result of the long period taken by the process of Canonisation. The faithful people often manifested their intense desire to venerate publicly some Servants of God and to ask for their intercession, and put pressure so that they would be allowed to do so. From the 15th Century, Popes gave permission for a restricted cult to be given to some Servants of God in view of their Canonisation, and allowed for them the title "Blessed".
Pope Sixtus IV (1471-1484) was the first to make an official distinction between the title Blessed and the title Saint, giving the former a juridical status that has continued ever since.
Beatification as the first step towards Canonisation
Beatification is not an end in itself, its completion is Canonisation. However, it is a fundamental step since the only real distinction between them is the fact that Beatification allows the faithful a restricted veneration and cult of the Blessed (within the religious Order, or town, or region, or diocese, or even nation), whereas Canonisation is the universal, dogmatic proclamation and veneration by the whole Church.
The Beatification of Antonio Rosmini means that the Church approves his spirituality, his charism and solemnly declares that the way recommended by him is the way of the Gospel and leads one to Christ. The Church will establish whether the cult due to Rosmini will be a local one or a much wider one: usually permission of cult is granted to the Order or to the diocese in which the Order is based. What this means is that there will be a feast day for Blessed Rosmini, a special Mass written for him, and official prayers - not for the universal church yet, but for all Houses and Parishes of the Rosminian Order and the diocese of Novara, or perhaps even for the region Piedmont.
The Holy Father's Decree on the miracle attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Antonio Rosmini
On 1st June 2007, the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI authorised the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate the Decree on the miraculous nature of the healing of Sr. Ludovica Noe' attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God Antonio Rosmini, priest and Founder of the Institute of Charity and of the Sisters of Providence (Rosminians).
On the 26 June 2006 the Holy Father Benedict XVI had already authorised the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate the Decree on the heroic Virtues of the Servant of God Antonio Rosmini. In it there is the recognition that Antonio Rosmini had constantly manifested in his life and writings all evangelical virtues to an extra-ordinary degree - hence he was being declared Venerable.
The long journey of complex and often very painful events that ensued from his death in 1855 to the threshold of Beatification has finally come to an end. He has left a most splendid example of moral perfection, of priestly virtues, both in his private and public life, which deserve careful reflection and prayer, as we anxiously await now for the solemn celebration during which he will be proclaimed "Blessed".
"I thank You, Father, for giving me always whatever I ask you in the name of your Son"
Sr. Ludovica Noe', born in 1879, was a Rosminian sister suffering from an acute form of tuberculosis which had spread to other parts of the body, causing persistent pain, fever, abdominal convulsions, and many other secondary effects. The illness had brought her to near death. She started a novena to Fr. Rosmini, begging him to bring her comfort and healing. The other sisters joined in the prayers and they got for her a relic of Fr. Rosmini with which she would bless herself daily. When the Mother General came to visit her, she gave her two images of Fr. Rosmini. Sr. Noe' took the images and placed them in the parts of her body which were most affected by the terminal illness. On 6th January 1927, on the sixth day of the novena to Fr. Rosmini, at about midday she suddenly felt much better, she got up from the bed, began to walk in her room, she dressed up, all the time praying and thanking Fr. Rosmini. She knew that a miracle had taken place. She lived for another 31 years, and never had any complaint about her previous illness. She became mother superior in a number of houses of the Congregation, and was very much appreciated for her common sense and spirit of prayer. Her doctor, and the diocesan commission called immediately to investigate the case declared miraculous her recovery from her terminal illness.
On 12th October 2006, the Medical Commission of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, appointed to study and judge the case, proclaimed "miraculous" the sudden, unexplicable nature of the healing of Sr. Ludovica Noe' through the intercession of the Servant of God the Venerable Antonio Rosmini.