Division's namesake, Archbishop Fulton J Sheen, beatification is delayed.

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Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen was supposed to be beatified Dec. 21, as announced by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky of Peoria on late Nov. 18. He said the Vatican had just notified him of the beatification and he was announcing the news "with great joy and thanksgiving." Now the Vatican has delayed the ceremony.

Plans for the beatification were already underway,  at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Peoria.

"This is the same cathedral where (Archbishop) Sheen was ordained a priest 100 years ago on Sept. 20, 1919," said a Peoria diocesan news release. "It seems entirely fitting that the beatification will take place at the end of this 100-year anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood."

The cathedral also is the current resting place for the archbishop, who is entombed in a marble vault next to the altar where he was ordained.

The diocese planned to release more information about the beatification over the next few days. News about the beatification and the life of Archbishop Sheen can be found at celebratesheen.com.

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