The Venerable is used as a style or epithet in several Christian churches
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. It is also the common English-language
English is a West Germanic language that arose in the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of England and spread into what was to become south-east Scotland under the influence of the Anglian medieval kingdom of Northumbria...
translation of a number of Buddhist titles.
In the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, a deceased Catholic may be declared a Servant of God
Servant of God
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by a bishop
Bishop (Catholic Church)
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and proposed for beatification by the Pope
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through the Congregation for the Causes of Saints
Congregation for the Causes of Saints
The Congregation for the Causes of Saints is the congregation of the Roman Curia which oversees the complex process that leads to the canonization of saints, passing through the steps of a declaration of "heroic virtues" and beatification...
. The Venerable, is the style used for such a servant of God declared to be "heroic in virtue
Heroic virtue is a phrase coined by Augustine of Hippo to describe the virtue of early Christian martyrs and used by the Roman Catholic church. The Greek pagan term hero described a person with possibly superhuman abilities and great goodness, and "it connotes a degree of bravery, fame, and...
" during the investigation and process leading to possible canonization
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as a saint.