Canonization Efforts Resume For Fulton Sheen

By WEEK Producer

January 27, 2011 Updated Jan 27, 2011 at 11:15 PM CDT

The Peoria Roman Catholic Diocese is again promoting Sainthood for El-Paso-born Archbishop Fulton J Sheen.

Sheen was one of the most popular clerics of his time.

As one of the first televangelists, Fulton Sheen was on either radio or TV between 1930 and 1968, even earning a Emmy award.

A graduate of Peoria's Spalding Institute, he served for a short time as a parish priest in Peoria.

The effort to have Archbishop Sheen canonized began in 2002, but was paused several months ago, over questions about delays in moving the remains of the Archbishop from New York to Peoria to re-burial.

Today, Peoria Bishop Daniel Jenky said the beatification and canonization cause should continue, and has asked the Vatican to resolve the issue of Archbishop Sheen's tomb.

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