The pope will celebrate on Sunday the canonization of the nun María Francisca de Jesús (1844-1904), born in Italy but considered the first saint of Uruguayin a ceremony in Saint Peter’s Square in which nine other blesseds, such as the Dutchman, will also be proclaimed saints Titus Brandsma and the french charles de foucauld.
María Francisca de Jesús, whose real name was Ana Maria Rubattowas the founder in 1885 of the Congregation of the Capuchin Sistersdedicated to caring for the sick and, above all, abandoned children and young people.
Born in 1844 in Carmagnola (Piedmont, Italy), she left in 1892 with four sisters from her congregation for Latin America to offer her contribution in Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil and finally settled in Montevideoin the Belvedere neighborhood, where he created a sewing workshop that over time became the “Colegio San José de la Providencia”.
“The Church greets you, Sister María Francisca de Jesús, founder of the Tertiary Capuchin Sisters of Loano… the first Blessed of Uruguay”: with these words he surprised the Catholics St. John Paul II on October 10, 1993, during the beatification ceremony in Rome.
For his canonization, the miracle attributed to his intercession for the healing of a 14-year-old Uruguayan minorwho in 2000 suffered a motorcycle accident that caused a head injury with hemorrhage and coma and from which he recovered without sequelae.
Speaking to the Vatican media, Nora Azanza, a nun of the Capuchin Sisters of Mother Rubatto, explained that in Uruguay a great celebration is being prepared and a pilgrimage to the sanctuary of the Blessed in Montevideowhere his remains rest, so that the faithful can follow the ceremony.
With this ceremony the canonizations return to Saint Peter’s Square – the last one was in 2019 – after they were suspended due to the pandemic and Francis will also raise nine other saints to the altars.
Still it is unknown if the pope will fully officiate the ceremonyor only part, due to his knee problems that prevent him from walking and standing for a long time.
Among the new saints are the Dutch Carmelite and journalist Titus Brandsma, killed by lethal injection in the Dachau concentration camp, and the religious Charles de Foucauld, who explored the Sahara and the Tuareg culture and is considered a symbol of dialogue between religions.
complete the list the French religious Marie Rivier and César De Bus, the Italians Luigi Maria Palazzololo, Maria Doménica Mantovani, Giustino Maria Russolillo and Maria de Gesù (Carolina Santocanale) and the Indian layman Lázaro, Devasahayam.
As required by the rite, the ceremony will begin with the reading of the bull of canonization by the popein response to the request of the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, currently Cardinal Marcello Semeraro.
Afterwards, the reading of brief biographies of the new saints and the singing of the litanies of the saints will follow, and the pope will read the formula in Latin to proclaim sainthood and ask that they be inscribed in the books of the saints of the Church.
(With information from EFE)