Blessed Luigi and Maria Beltrame Quattrocchi

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Married couple. Luigi and Maria Beltrame Quattrocchi were beatified on October 21, 2001 by Pope John Paul II.

The couple lived in Rome. Maria was an academic and educationalist and worked for several Catholic organisations. She died in 1965. Luigi was a lawyer involved in the reconstruction of Italy after the Second World War. He died in 1951. Three of their four children attended the ceremony.

"The richness of faith and married love shown by Luigi and Maria Beltrame Quattrocchi is a living demonstration of what the Second Vatican Council said about all the faithful being called to holiness,'' the Pope said in his homily. "They lived an ordinary life in an extraordinary way,'' demonstrating that sainthood for married couples is "possible and beautiful.''

The Pope assigned today as the Feast Day for Luigi and Maria. Usually, the Feast Day for a saint is the date of their death; however, since the couple has two different dates of death, in an unprecedented step, celebrating their life as a couple, today was chosen because it marks the anniversary of their marriage in 1905.

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