Friday, October 11, 2013
Pope Francis Raises Angela of Foligno to the Altars
The Mystic (1248-1309) was a married mother of several children and a member of the Franciscan Third Order. During a pilgrimage to Assisi in 1285, she had a spiritual awakening.
Vatican City (kath.net / KNA) The Catholic Church gets a new saint: Francis Pope extended the local worship of Angela of Foligno (1248-1309) officially to the entire world church, and added the Italian to the catalog of saints. As the Vatican announced on Friday, the Pope approved a corresponding submission by the prefect of the Vatican Congregation of Saints, Cardinal Angelo Amato. Angela of Foligno was thus raised, 320 years after her beatification, without a formal canonization process for the glory of the altars. Pope Innocent X. had beatified her in 1693.
Probably born in 1248 in central Italy, Angela Foligno was known for her mystical experiences, whom a related Franciscan Brother Arnaldo chronicled. The married mother of several children, she belonged to the Franciscan branch for non-clergy, called the Third Order. During a pilgrimage to Assisi in 1285, she had a spiritual awakening. Then she sold her possessions gathered like-minded people around and dedicated herself to the poor and lepers.
As the Vatican also announced, they brought the canonization of the Italian, Maria Assunta Caterina Marchetti (1871-1948) closer. She co-founded the Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo. The Vatican has recognized an inexplicable healing, a miracle worked through her intercession. The canonization therefore must be approved only by the competent Commission of Cardinals and the Pope. Furthermore, the Vatican recognized six other people for heroic virtues too: this is the first important step in the canonization process. (C) 2013 Catholic News Agency KNA GmbH All rights reserved. Link to kathnet...
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