Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - "It is a moment of great joy for the Pontifical Mission Societies all over the world. We are extremely happy because the Congregation for the Causes of Saints has made known the recognition of the miracle attributed to Pauline Jaricot, French laywoman, foundress of the Pontifical Society of the Propagation of the Faith, the first of the Pontifical Mission Societies. This is a very important step: it means that her commitment to the mission, made of prayer and charity, speaks and is still significant today for the universal Church": this is what Archbishop Giampietro Dal Toso, President of the Pontifical Mission Societies and Adjunct Secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, told Agenzia Fides, commenting on the promulgation of the Decree of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.
On May 26, the Holy Father Francis authorized Cardinal Angelo Becciu, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, to promulgate the Decree concerning the miracle attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God Pauline Maria Jaricot, Foundress of the Societies of the "Council of the Propagation of the Faith" and of the "Living Rosary"; born on July 22, 1799 in Lyon (France) and died there on January 9, 1862.
Born in Lyon in a period of rapid political and cultural upheavals, Paoline Maria Jaricot in 1822 founded the Association of the Propagation of the Faith, with the characteristic of universality. She perceived that the problem of missionary cooperation was not helping this or that mission, but all, without distinction. She marks the beginning of that great missionary cooperation movement which was to gradually involve the whole Church. Passionate for the spread of the Kingdom of God, she was firmly convinced that missionary work did not derive its effectiveness from human resources, but exclusively from God. In 1826 she therefore founded the movement of the "Living Rosary": groups of people to whom every month after a Eucharist, a mystery of the Rosary was entrusted to be prayed for the missions. Her existence was not without the cross, and she spent the last period of her life in absolute poverty. She was declared Venerable by John XXIII on February 25, 1963. (Agenzia Fides, 27/5/2020)