Charles de Foucauld will be saint

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Blessed Charles de Foucauld will be holy, “Brother Charles of Jesus”, born in Strasbourg on September 15, 1858 and died in Tamanrasset on December 1, 1916, the French religious of a noble family who was among the pioneers of dialogue with other cultures and other religions, explorer of the desert of the Sahara and scholar of the language and culture of the Tuareg. In fact, receiving Cardinal Angelo Becciu, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, at the audience, Pope Francis authorized the Vatican body to promulgate the decree concerning the miracle attributed to the intercession of the blessed, the last necessary act for the solemn proclamation of holiness. De Foucauld was beatified on November 13, 2005 by Pope Benedict XVI.

Charles-Eugène de Foucauld he was orphaned at the age of 6 by both parents. He underwent military life but was dismissed from the army. He was reinstated and participated in a mission in Africa. He left the army but left to explore Africa, returned to France, his life changed. He went to the Holy Land and decided that he would enter the monastery in the order of the Trappists, cultivating devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. On January 15, 1890 he went to the monastery of Our Lady of the Snows, in Ardèche. A few years later he adopted a specific motto, “Jesus Caritas”, represented by a heart surmounted by a cross. He was ordained a priest on June 9, 1901 in the chapel of the major seminary of Viviers. He settled in Beni-Abbès, on the border between Algeria and Morocco, and celebrated his first Mass in the chapel he had built himself. From there began the dialogue with the local people, presenting himself as a “universal brother”. In 1905 Brother Charles of Jesus, as he had begun to sign himself, moved to the Hoggar, in Tamanrasset, in an area inhabited by the Tuareg populations, where he spent thirteen years. On the evening of December 1, 1916, he was killed when his home was ransacked by marauders.

The blessed will also become saints Cesare de Bus, priest, founder of the congregation of the Fathers of the Christian Doctrine (Doctrinari), born on 3 February 1544 in Cavaillon (France) and died in Avignon (France) on 15 April 1607, and Blessed Maria Domenica Mantovani, co-founder and first superior general of the Institute of the Small Sisters of the Holy Family, born on November 12, 1862 in Castelletto di Brenzone (Verona) and died in the same locality on February 2, 1934.

Instead they will be beatified, for the recognition of the respective miracle, the venerable servant of God Michele McGivney, diocesan priest, founder of the Order of the Knights of Columbus (The Knights of Columbus), born on August 12, 1852 in Waterbury (United States of America) and died in Thomaston (United States of America) on August 14, 1890; and the venerable servant of God Pauline Maria Jaricot, founder of the Works of the “Council of the Propagation of the Faith” and of the “Living Rosary”, born on July 22, 1799 in Lyon (France) and died on January 9, 1862. Even the servants will become blessed martyrs of God Simeone Cardon and 5 companions, professed religious of the Cistercian Congregation of Casamari, killed in Casamari (Frosinone), between 13 and 16 May 1799; and the servant of God Cosma Spessotto (aka Sante), a professed priest of the Order of Friars Minor, born on January 28, 1923 in Mansuè (Treviso) and killed in San Juan Nonualco (El Salvador), on June 14, 1980. A another decree recognizes the heroic virtues of the servant of God Melchiorre Maria de Marion Brésillac, former apostolic vicar of Coimbaore, founder of the Society of African Missions, born on December 2, 1813 in Castelnaudary (France) and died in Freetown (Sierra Leone) on June 25 1859.

May 27, 2020



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