Vatican – The Founder of a group of “worker priests” and a martyred De La Salle Brother will be canonised

Vatican – The Founder of a group of “worker priests” and a martyred De La Salle Brother will be canonised

According to a recent statement by the Holy See, Blessed Ludovico Pavoni, an Italian priest who founded the Congregation of the Sons of Mary Immaculate, together with Blessed Solomon Leclercq, a French martyr and a Brother of the Christian Schools, will be declared ‘Saints’ now that Pope Francis has recognised the miracles attributed to their intercession.

The Holy Father received in audience Cardinal Angelo Amato, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, and authorised the promulgation of the decrees regarding the miracles attributed to both the Beati. At the same time, recognition was given to the heroic virtues of the servant of God Rafael Manuel Almansa Riaño, a Colombian priest and a member of the Friars Minor.

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According to a recent statement by the Holy See, Blessed Ludovico Pavoni, an Italian priest who founded the Congregation of the Sons of Mary Immaculate, together with Blessed Solomon Leclercq, a French martyr and a Brother of the Christian Schools, will be declared ‘Saints’ now that Pope Francis has recognised the miracles attributed to their intercession.

The Holy Father received in audience Cardinal Angelo Amato, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, and authorised the promulgation of the decrees regarding the miracles attributed to both the Beati. At the same time, recognition was given to the heroic virtues of the servant of God Rafael Manuel Almansa Riaño, a Colombian priest and a member of the Friars Minor.

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A Martyr of the French Revolution

Blessed Solomon Leclercq (baptized as Guillaume-Nicolas-Louis Leclercq) was born in France on the 15th of November 1745. He was a Brother of the Christian Schools during the time of the French revolution and experienced its secularist attacks agains the Church.

Religious persecution also affected several other members of his Congregation, which the laws of the time classified as illegal structures and forbade religious to fulfill their vows under pain of death. The future saint was the first Brother to suffer martyrdom on the 2nd of September 1792 in the garden of the Carmelite convent in Paris, which had been turned into a prison by the revolutionaries. He was 46 years old.

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