Prayer to Obtain the Beatification of Father Candido
O God, we thank You for the Gift to the Church of the Servant of God Father Candido Amantini, Passionist, and for having made the redemptive power of Your Mercy shine in him. He, according to the example of Christ, Physician of Souls and of Bodies, “spent his life doing good and healing those who were under the power of darkness and the Evil One,” by giving light and hope to the hearts of those who were disheartened and away from you. In the image of Jesus the Good Shepherd, he was a master and guide to all those who turned to him in the Sacrament of Penance and for spiritual direction. Conforming himself to Christ Crucified, he offered his sufferings and life for the good of the Church and of his Congregation. I ask You, through his intercession, to grant, according to Your Will, the graces for which I beg you… in the hope that he will be soon counted among the Blessed. Glory to the Father…
With ecclesiastical approval
Blessing that Father Candido gave to the Faithful
May the Lord Jesus be always with you.
May He walk beside you to guide you,
be behind you to protect you,
be within you to guard you,
and be above you to enlighten you.
The Life Story of Father Candido
Father Candido (Eraldo) Amantini, a Passionist religious, was born on January 31, 1914 in Bagnolo di Santa Fiora, a small town on Mount Amiata in Tuscany. Called to the religious life, he took his vows at the age of 16 at the Retreat of St. Joseph on Mount Argentario and was ordained a Priest in Rome on March 13, 1937. He delved into the study of Sacred Scriptures and taught for many years. Among other things, he wrote “The Mystery of Mary,” a book which, other than being a study of the theology of Mary the Mother of God, shows his affection for Mary, who is the Mother of Jesus and our Mother. The Apostolate that occupied him for more than 30 years at the Scala Santa in Rome was one of Spiritual Direction, Confession, and Exorcism. He fought a difficult battle with Evil that fatigued him very much and ended only with his death on September 22, 1992, the Feast of Saint Candido. As an Exorcist, he became an expert on diabolical possession and exorcism and was called upon for conferences and debates on the subject at the University of Rome, which were broadcast on television and radio. His charity and patience towards persons in difficulty who turned to him in his priestly ministry were great. He had close spiritual relationships with Father Cappello and with Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, who said of him, “Father Candido is a Priest according to the Heart of God.”
Cause of Beatification and Canonization
On July 13, 2012, at the Vicariate of Rome, the Diocesan Inquiry on the life, virtues and fame of holiness of the Servant of God Candido Amantini was officially opened. The Inquiry consists in proving the heroism of the virtues of the Servant of God and this is done by gathering all the testimonial and documentary proofs concerning him. The Diocesan Inquiry ended on 25 November 2016 with a solemn ceremony in the Lateran Palace and the documentation is brought by the Postulator to the Vatican at the Commission for the Causes of Saints.