Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - "The Holy Father authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate the Decree by which the Church recognizes the miracle attributed to the intercession of our beloved and venerable Foundress, Pauline Marie Jaricot. This news has filled my heart and the heart of all the members of the Pontifical Mission Society of the Propagation of the Faith and the whole family of the Pontifical Mission Societies with great joy and thanksgiving. Pauline was not only inspired to create a worldwide network of prayer and charity in support of the Church in mission lands, but she dedicated her entire life and family heritage to this blessed commitment. She was a woman of profound Christian faith and virtue, with a particular love for Eucharistic adoration and prayer of the Rosary": with these words Father Tadeusz J. Nowak, OMI, Secretary General of the Pontifical Mission Society of the Propagation of the Faith, comments to Fides the promulgation of the Decree recognizing the miracle attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God Paoline Marie Jaricot (see Fides, 27/5/2020).
The Secretary General continues: "During her life, she endured a lot of suffering, both physical and spiritual. However, despite all her trials, she remained firm in her dedication and perseverance for the work that is now a worldwide network in support of solicitude of the Holy Father for missions and young Churches in mission territories. She remained a lay woman dedicated to the service of Christ and His Church, deeply committed to the evangelization of the world. Now she will intercede for the whole Church, but she will certainly have a special place in her heart for all the members of the world network of prayer and charity that she founded: while the world is in crisis caused by the pandemic, there is great hope and joy in the certainty of the communion of saints. Our beloved foundress, Pauline, who will soon be proclaimed blessed, continues to guide the marvelous work of the Pontifical Missionary Societies for the spreading of the Good News in the world".
Pauline Maria Jaricot, Foundress of the "Council of the Propagation of the Faith" and of the "Living Rosary", was born on July 22, 1799 in Lyon (France) and died there on January 9, 1862, in misery and general indifference. Benedict XV raised the Society she founded to "Pontifical" and moved its headquarters from Lyon to Rome. Pope John XXIII declared her venerable on January 25, 1963. On May 26, 2020 Pope Francis authorized the promulgation of the Decree concerning the miracle attributed to her intercession. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 28/5/2020)