The Chicago Tribune website reports today (June 30, 2012) that the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen -- a pioneering televangelist and Illinois native whose 1950s TV show, "Life Is Worth Living," won an Emmy -- has been declared Venerable by Pope Benedict XVI.
The declaration is the second step toward sainthood. Pope John Paul II declared Sheen a Servant of God in 2002.
To reach the next step of beatification, the Vatican is currently investigating an alleged miracle attributed to Sheen that took place at a Peoria, Illinois hospital. Those in Peoria who are advancing the cause for his sainthood believe Sheen interceded to save the life of a stillborn baby.
Peoria Bishop Daniel Jenky said, "We are so happy that His Holiness has declared Fulton Sheen Venerable."