Brick Titus Brandsma, Charles de Foucault and 8 others

After a long pause due to the pandemic, Pope Francis presided over another grand celebration on May 15, 2022 with the canonization of 10 women and men from 4 countries: 5 Italians, 3 French, 1 Indian and 1 Dutch.

The last celebration of sanctification was held in 2019, when, among other things, the turn came. John Henry Newman

The big names in the new Saints list are undoubtedly the Dutchman Titus Brandsma and french Charles de Foucault† Get to know them more:

Below is the complete list of the new saints with their brief biographies and in the order in which they were communicated by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

Devashayam Pillai (1712-1752)

Blessed Devasahayam Pillai was an Indian man and father. He was born in 1712 to an upper-caste Hindu family. In 1745 he converted to Christianity. His refusal to participate in Hindu ceremonies and his advocacy of equality for all people, and his rejection of the caste system, led to his arrest, torture, and death in 1752.

More about Devasahayam Pillai on Wikipedia (in English)

Cesar de Bus (1544-1607)

Blessed César de Bus was born in France and was the founder of the Fathers of the Christian Faith, a religious group dedicated to teaching, pastoral care, and Christian education. He was born in 1544 and was really active until he was thirty. After experiencing his conversion, he began to dedicate his life to prayer and helping the poor. In 1582 he was ordained a priest. He was a pioneer in religious education for the laity. Before that, he painted illustrations himself and wrote songs and poems. He died in 1607.

More about César de Bus on Wikipedia (in French)

Luigi Maria Palazzolo (1827-1886)

Blessed Luigi Maria Palazzolo was an Italian priest and founder of the Congregation for the Nuns of the Poor. He was born in 1827 and ordained a priest in 1850. There was an abundance of clergy at that time. Like many priests from wealthy families, he stayed home and did good work. Don Luigi chose to devote himself to youth, in an oratory in a poor neighborhood. He opened a school that gave reading and writing lessons to men and boys in the evenings. He then opened a separate speech for girls and founded the Sisters of the Poor to lead it.

More about Luigi Maria Palazzolo on Wikipedia (in English)

Giustino Maria Rossolillo (1891-1955)

Blessed Justino Maria Rossolillo was an Italian who, on the day of his ordination to the priesthood in 1913, pledged to establish a religious order to promote vocations to the priesthood and religious life. But his bishop halted his first attempt. In the end, he founded the Da’wah Fathers and Sisters Association.

More about Justino Maria Rossolillo on Wikipedia

Charles de Foucault (1858-1916)

Blessed Charles de Foucault was born in 1858 in Strasbourg, France. During his adolescence he deviated from the faith. During his trip to Morocco, he saw how committed Muslims are to their religion. This inspired him to return to the Church and eventually join the Trappists. Having lived in monasteries in France and Syria, he sought a more realistic life as a hermit. In 1901 he was ordained a priest, lived among the poor, and eventually settled in Tamanrasset, Algeria. In 1916 he was killed by a gang of thieves. His writings were the inspiration for the creation, after his death, of Jesus’ Young Brothers and Jesus’ Young Sisters.

More about Charles de Foucault in Kerknet

Anna Maria Robato (1844-1904)

Blessed Anna Maria Robato was born in Carmagnola, Italy, in 1844 and died in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1904. She founded the organization now known as the Capuchin Sisters of Mother Robato. In 1892 she and some of her sisters were sent as missionaries to South America. They ended up in Montevideo. From there they carry out the mission in Uruguay and Argentina.

More about Anna Maria Robato on Wikipedia

Maria Domenica Mantovani (1862-1934)

Blessed Maria Domenica Mantovani was the co-founder and first General President of the Institute of Little Sisters of the Holy Family. She was born in 1862 in Castelletto di Brinzone, Italy. She devoted her life to serving the poor and needy and helping the sick and the elderly.

More about Maria Domenica Mantovani on Wikipedia

Titus Brandsma (1881-1942)

Blessed Titus Brandsma was born in 1881 in Oegeklooster (Friesland) and joined the Carmelites in 1898. Ordained a priest in 1905. He received his Doctor of Philosophy after studying at Gregoriana University in Rome. Returning to Holland, he became a lecturer in philosophy, sociology and church history at the Carmelites Study House in Os. He became the editor-in-chief of a local newspaper, founded a school and library, and founded a spiritual magazine. In 1923 he became Professor of Philosophy and History of Mysticism at the newly established Catholic University of Nijmegen, now known as Radboud University. In 1935 he became a spiritual advisor to the Dutch Catholic Journalists Association. He criticized anti-Semitism and called, with the support of Archbishop de Jong, editors of Catholic newspapers not to disseminate Nazi propaganda. The German occupier arrested him and deported him to Dachau. There he was killed by lethal injection at the age of 61 and his body was cremated in the camp.

More about Titus Brandsma on Kerknet

Mari River (1768-1838)

During the French Revolution, when many monasteries were closed and religious activities were prohibited, Blessed Mary River founded the Congregation of Nuns of the Offering. She dedicated herself with her sisters to orphans and the poor. By her death on February 3, 1838, she had set up 141 homes with over 350 sisters to continue her business.

More about Anne-Marie River on Wikipedia (in French)

Carolina Santocanal (1852-1923)

Blessed Carolina Santocanal, also known as the Blessed Mary of Jesus, was an Italian nun. The Capuchins were founded with a special devotion to Our Lady of Lourdes. The sisters devoted themselves to prayer and meditation, but also to education, the upbringing of the young, the care of the poor, and the care of the sick.

More about Carolina Santocanale on Wikipedia

Sources: Cruxnow – KRO / NCRV

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