FILE - In this April 13, 1979 file photo, Bishop Fulton J. Sheen appears before parishioners on Good Friday at New York's St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church. Pope Francis has approved a miracle bringing the Sheen, the late American Archbishop known for…
FILE - Bishop Fulton J. Sheen appears before parishioners on Good Friday at New York's St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church, April 13, 1979.

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has approved a miracle bringing the late American Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, known for his revolutionary radio and TV preaching, closer to sainthood.  
  
The Vatican announced the move Saturday, which clears the way for beatification. It came weeks after a New York court ruling allowing Sheen's niece to bury him in Peoria, Ill., where he was ordained, ending years of litigation and allowing the process for sainthood to resume.  
  
Sheen, who died in 1979, was known for his on-air evangelism. He started in 1930 on NBC radio with a weekly Sunday program titled The Catholic Hour and expanded to television in 1950 with NBC's Life Is Worth Living, which had a weekly following of more than 30 million viewers.  
  
No date has been given for beatification.