The Kingdom News has confirmed reports that the process of beatification for a theologian who inspired both Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis, Romano Guardini, will open on December 16.
Romano Guardini will have his beatification process kick-started with Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady in Munich, together with that of Nazi resistance fighter Fritz Michael Gerlich.
Guardini, who departed the world in 1968, is referred to as one of the most important theologians of the 20th Century. One of his works ‘The Spirit of the Liturgy’ was a major influence on the Liturgical Movement, and he was a ready source of ideas for the council of fathers at the Second Vatican Council.
According to Pope Francis, he is “convinced that Guardini is a thinker who has much to say to the people of our time, and not only to Christians”.
In the 1980s, he had started a doctoral dissertation on Guardini while in Germany, however he gave up on it.
In the words of Benedict XVI, Guardini was regarded as “a great figure, a Christian interpreter of the world and of his own time” and by 2000, he authored his own book entitled The Spirit of the Liturgy, inspired by the theologian.