Archbishop Fulton Sheen was an Emmy-winning televangelist.

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Archbishop Fulton Sheen was an Emmy-winning televangelist.

July 16, 2012

Pope Benedict has approved the heroic virtues of Archbishop Fulton Sheen, the Vatican announced June 28, clearing the way for the advancement of his sainthood cause.

Among the others honoured in decrees announced the same day was Mother Marie-Josephte Fitzbach, founder of the Good Shepherd Sisters of Quebec.

Sheen heroically lived Christian virtues and should be considered "venerable," said a decree issued by the Congregation for Saints' Causes and signed by Pope Benedict.

Before the archbishop can be beatified, the Vatican must recognize that a miracle has occurred through his intercession.

Sheen, who was born in Illinois in 1895 and died in New York in 1979, was an Emmy-winning televangelist.

His program, Life is Worth Living, aired on television from 1951 to 1957.