Beatification of Mother Rosa

 An Italian laywoman, Eurosia Fabris (1866 - 1932), known as 'Mother Rosa' was beatified yesterday. Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins CMF, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, acting in the Pope's name, read out the formula for beatification in the of cathedral of Vicenza, Italy. The new Blessed, the daughter of agricultural workers, left school after just two years of primary education in order to help her parents at their work in the home and the fields. Nonetheless, she learned to read and write, one of her favourite books being "Eternal Maxims" by St Alphonsus Liguori. She married Carlo Barban, a widower with three daughters, by whom she had nine children, of whom three became priests. Eurosia Fabris entered the Third Order of St Francis and, despite her lack of economic means, helped the poor and welcomed into her home a number of children orphaned by the FirstWorld War. The cause for her beatification began in 1975. In 2004, a miracle was officially recognised as having come through her intervention, when a terminally-ill woman made a complete recovery. The beatification, which took place according to the new norms laid down by Benedict XVI, was co-presided by Bishop Cesare Nosiglia of Vicenza who, in his homily, said: "Mother Rosa represents a model of sanctity accessible to everyone, because as a wife and mother she lived, with the commitment of evangelical simplicity, ... a daily family life, accepting its pains and suffering in the constant search for the will of God." The bishop also recalled the religious vocations in the family of the new Blessed, highlighting how in many homes today they would be considered as a cause for concern, while for Eurosia "the joy of seeing her children take the path of consecrated life ... was a source of consolation." Source: VIS

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