Saturday, June 02, 2007

Bl. Alphonsa's Canonization Cause Advances

Way Cleared for Canonization of India's Blessed Alphonsa

Blessed Alphonsa of India

June 2, 2007 ( Blessed Alphonsa of India is one of the two candidates whose way for canonization has been cleared by Pope Benedict XVI June 1, 2007.

In an audience granted to Cardinal José Saraiva Martins, prefect of the Congregation of Saints, June 1, 2007, the Holy Father approved a decree recognizing a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Alphonsa, clearing way for her canonization as Saint.

The other candidate whose cause was similarly advanced is Blessed Narcisa de Jesus Martillo Moran (1833- 1869) of Peru.

Also recognized were the miracles and martyrdom of 127 candidates for beatification and the "heroic virtue" of 7 candidates who now await the recognition of a miracle for their beatification.

Poor Clare Nun, Blessed Alphonsa of the Immcualate Conception was born Anna Muttathupadathu in Kudamaloor, a rural village near Kottayam (Kerala, India) to Joseph and Mary Muttathupadathu on 19 August 1910.

Having lost her mother at a very young age, she was brought up by her maternal aunt and educated by an uncle who was a Priest. Often faced with health problems which eventually claimed her life on July 28, 1946, Blessed Alphonsa was known for her silent and cheerful suffering.

She was beatified on 8 February 1986 along with Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara through whose intercession she experienced a miraculous healing in 1936, by Pope John II at Nehru Stadium in Kottayam, Kerala during his Apostolic Pilgrimage to India.

Her canonization will make Blessed Alphonsa the second Indian to proclaimed a Saint, the first being Gonsalo Garcia of Bombay who was matryred by crucifixion on 5 February 1597 at Nagasaki, Japan and canonized by Pope Pius IX on 8 June 1862.

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