The beatification process of the Servant of God Josef Engling, a student of the Minor Seminary of the Pallottines in Germany, has taken another important step forward. On December 13, 2016, the historical experts, as Consultors of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, recognised that the Positio super vita, virtutibus et fama sanctitatis, a book of 660 pages on the life, virtues and reputation for holiness of the Servant of God Josef Engling, contains documentation which can constitute a sound basis for the judgment of the theologians.
The Positio will subsequently be judged by the Congress of Theological Consultors and by the Ordinary Session of Cardinals and Bishop Members of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. Following these judgments, if they are positive, the Holy Father will issue the decree of heroic virtues.
We remember that Josef Engling (1898-1918) entered the Minor Seminary of the Pallottines at Vallendar Schönstatt in 1912. He was distinguished by a great commitment to growth in the virtues and especially in Marian devotion. He wanted to become a Pallottine priest and serve the Church as a missionary in Cameroon. He was drafted into the army during World War I and, with a reputation for holiness, was killed in action in France on October 4, 1918.