Pronunciation: (bē-at"u-fi-kā'shun), [key]
1. the act of beatifying.
2. the state of being beatified.
3. Rom. Cath. Ch.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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