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Bishop Fulton J. Sheen

PEORIA — A court has ruled the remains of Archbishop Fulton Sheen can be moved from New York to Peoria, near his birthplace in El Paso.

The ruling was announced Friday by Bishop Daniel Jenky of the Peoria Diocese.

Supporters of Sheen, known for his longtime televised and broadcast evangelism from the 1930s through the 1960s, also are working to have him declared a saint.

Sheen's niece had petitioned for the move of her uncle's remains in a plea to the Superior Court of New York. An appellate court earlier had remanded the case to the superior court for an evidentiary hearing.

The decision, however, rests with Cardinal Timothy Dolan and the New York Archdiocese. Moving the remains is the next step toward bringing Sheen’s beatification to completion.