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Thursday, December 8, 2016
Emperor on way to sainthood
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¬†The Congregation for the Causes of Sainthood proclaimed the 'heroic virtues' of Charles I, the emperor of Austria and king of Hungary, the last monarch of the Austro-Hungarian Empire on Saturday. For beatification, a miracle attributed to Charles' intercession is now necessary. Born in 1887, Charles was the eldest son of the Archduke Otto and grandson of Emperor Franz Joseph I. In 1911 Charles married Princess Zita of Bourbon-Parma. They had eight children. After his uncle, Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated, in Sarajevo and Franz Joseph died, he became emperor of Austria and king of Hungary in 1916, during World War I. Cardinal Josť Saraiva Martins, prefect of the Congregation for Sainthood Causes, said Charles was a "man of solid faith, who always sought the good of his people, and in his governance was inspired by the social doctrine of the Church." "He fostered justice and peace, and nourished a constant yearning for holiness. He was exemplary as husband, father and sovereign." When the Austro-Hungarian Empire fell in November 1918, Charles abdicated and left Austria in the following year. He lived in exile on the island of Madeira, where he died in 1922 when he was just 34. The others Servants of God recognised for their heroic virtues were: Luigi Boccardo, Italian, priest of the archdiocese of Turin, founder of the Sisters of Jesus, King, contemplative branch of the Congregation of the Poor Sisters of St Gaetano (1861-1936). Mose Tovini, Italian, priest of the diocese of Brescia (1877-1930). Basile Antoine Marie Moreau, French, priest, founder of the Congregation of the Religious Sisters and Brothers of Santa Cruz (1799-1873). Filippo Bardellini, Italian, priest of the Congregation of the Oratory of St Philip Neri, founder of the Holy Society of the Poor Sisters of the House of Nazareth (1878-1956). Eustace Van Lieshout, Dutch, professed priest of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary (Picpus) (1890-1943). Luigi della Consolata, ne Andrea Bordino, Italian, professed monk of the Congregation of the Brothers of St Joseph Benito of Cottolengo (1922-1977). Anna Maria Fiorelli, Italian, widow Lapini, of the Third Order of St Francis, foundress of the Congregation of the Poor Daughters of the Holy of St. Francis of Assisi (Stigmatines) (1809-1860). Ascension del Corazon de Jesus, nee Florencia Nicol Goni, Spanish, co-foundress and first superior general of the Dominican Missionary Sisters of the Holy Rosary (1868-1940). The following Servants of God were acknowledged for miracles: Juan Nepomuceno Zegri y Moreno, Spanish, priest from the archdiocese of Granada, founder of the Institute of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercede (1831-1905). Luigi Talamoni, Italian, priest from the archdiocese of Milan, founder of the Congregation of the Merciful Sisters of St. Gerard (1848-1926). Luigi Maria Monti, Italian, lay religious and founder of the Sons of the Immaculate Conception (1825-1900). Matilde of the Sacred Heart, nee Matilde Tellez Robles, Spanish, foundress of the Congregation of the Daughters of Mary, Mother of the Church (1841-1902). Piedad de la Cruz, nee Tomasa Ortiz Real, Spanish, foundress of the Congregation of the Salesian Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (1842-1916). Rosalie Rendu, nee Jeanne-Marie, French, of the Company of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent of Paul (1786-1856). Maria Candida dell'Eucharistia, nee Maria Barba, Italian, professed religious of the Order of the Discalced Carmelites (1884-1949). Source: VIS
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