Meaning of beatification

be•at•i•fi•ca•tion

Pronunciation: (bē-at"u-fi-kā'shun), [key]
— n.
  1. the act of beatifying.
  2. the state of being beatified.
  3. the official act of the pope whereby a deceased person is declared to be enjoying the happiness of heaven, and therefore a proper subject of religious honor and public cult in certain places.
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