Six new venerables for the Church      English

Six new venerables for the Church English

Pope Francis has authorized the promulgation of decrees recognizing the heroic virtues of six servants of God who will be beatified.


During the audience granted to Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, Prefect of the Dicastery for the Causes of Saints, Pope Francis authorized the same Dicastery to promulgate the following decrees on the heroic virtues of six Servants of God, thus becoming Venerable.

Miguel Costa and Llobera

Miguel Costa y Llobera, canon of the Cathedral of Mallorca by order of Saint Pius X, lived in Spain between the second half of the 19th century and the first two decades of the last century. A passionate preacher and confessor, a man of prayer and a poet, he was also a professor of sacred archeology and literary history. Those who knew him described him as a “very piados and illustrated man”. He devoted himself especially to the sick and poor. He died suddenly, in a reputation of holiness, in 1922, while giving a eulogy from the pulpit of the Church of the Discalced Carmelites in Mallorca on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of the canonization of Saint Teresa of Ávila.

Gaetano Francesco Mauro

Gaetano Francesco Mauro, Italian, founder of the Congregation of Pious Land Catechists in 1928, was a diocesan priest and lived between the late 19th and early 20th centuries. During the years of the First World War he was a military chaplain in the Friuli region and, after his capture, spent time in various Austrian concentration camps, where he contracted tuberculosis. Returning to Calabria, he devoted himself to alleviating the peasants’ misery, injustice and religious ignorance through works of evangelization and human promotion, and in 1925 he founded the Religious Association of Rural Oratories (ARDOR) to promote Christian teaching on the to teach country. whose seat he established in the former convent of San Francisco de Paula in Montalto Uffugo, which he had restored a few years earlier.

Giovanni Barra

The Servant of God Giovanni Barra was born in 1914 to a family of farm workers in Riva di Pinerolo, in the province of Turin. As a diocesan priest, assistant to the Youth Union of Catholic Action, he founded a section of the Italian Catholic University Union (FUCI) in Pinerolo in 1943, which he headed until 1965. The liturgy and charity always enlivened his involvement in other Catholic associations. He opened the “Casa Alpina” for young people in Pragelato, a place of prayer and encounter for young people and families in the summer. Always living the priesthood in union with Christ as a gift from the Lord, he was rector of the professional seminary for adults in Turin from 1969, where he placed prayer at the heart of the formation of seminarians.

Vicente Lopez de Uralde Lazcano

The Servant of God Vicente López de Uralde Lazcano, a professed priest of the Society of Mary, lived in Spain between 1894 and 1990. A man of prayer, in deep communion with the Lord, he was a teacher, chaplain and confessor, appreciated by his students, former student, priest and other faithful of the College of San Felipe Neri in Cadiz, where he remained for 62 years.

Maria Margherita Diomira of the Word Incarnate

With a calm and docile temperament, devoted to prayer and a solitary life, a special love for the Eucharist and the Virgin Mary, the Servant of God Maria Margherita Diomira of the Incarnate Word, née Maria Allegri, is a professed religious of the Stability Congregation in the Charity of Good Pastor lived a brief earthly existence between 1651 and 1677 in Tuscany. To atone for sins, he submitted to penance and mortification. He defied the strong resistance of his father and entered first the Florentine Camaldolese monastery of San Giovanni Evangelista di Boldrone, then, still in Florence, the monastery of Stability in the Charity of the Good Shepherd, dedicated to the education of poor girls and pilgrims devoted to the reception. Maria Margerita Diomira was enriched by God with extraordinary spiritual gifts such as prophecy, visions, ecstasy, capacity for counsel and participation in the pains of Christ’s Passion and also received the stigmata. There was no lack of periods of inner torment. Many people, including nobles, priests and bishops, came to her for advice and spiritual comfort. Sick of tuberculosis, he offered himself to the Lord as a sacrifice of love and died in Florence at the age of only 26.

Bertilla Antoniazzi

The Servant of God, the lay Bertilla Antoniazzi lived in Veneto for only twenty years, between 1944 and 1964. When she was hospitalized in Vicenza at the age of nine for severe dyspnea due to rheumatic endocarditis, she was accompanied by the illness that forced her to stay at home all the time: endowed with great courage, she therefore understood that her mission was to comfort those who have suffered and to bring sinners and souls closer to God through the sacrifice of life and sickness. She never closed herself off: she made friends with the doctors and nurses and maintained an intensive exchange of letters with the other patients. In total devotion to God in prayer, he never complained, not even for the last two years of his bedridden life, when bed sores appeared, his heart slipped into valvular insufficiency, and his lungs became edematous. On a pilgrimage to Lourdes in 1963, she asked Our Lady not for healing but for holiness.