Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - " This afternoon in Lyon, Pauline Marie Jericot, Foundress of the Society of the Propagation of the Faith for the support of the missions, will be beatified", recalled Pope Francis yesterday, Sunday, May 22, after the Regina Caeli prayer with the faithful and pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square.
"This faithful lay woman - he continued - lived during the first half of the 1800s. She was a courageous woman, attentive to the changes taking place at the time, and had a universal vision regarding the Church’s mission. May her example enkindle in everyone the desire to participate through prayer and charity in the spread of the Gospel throughout the world. A round of applause for the new Blessed!"
With a message that was read during the Beatification Mass, Pope Francis joined the joy of the Church in Lyon, hoping that "the figure of the new Blessed, around whom you are gathered today, may be an inspiration and a strength to continue walking together towards the Lord Jesus". The Pope then recalled that Pauline dedicated her entire life to the mission, to the service of the poor and to prayer. In order for all the faithful to take an active part in the mission of the Church, she founded the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, and the Living Rosary to spiritually support the mission of the Church.
"Let our charity be as inventive and effective as hers, let us learn to generously offer what we are, our talents to God and to our brothers, especially the poorest, to give our means to support the mission that belongs to all of us in the Church to bring the Gospel to the world", hopes Pope Francis in his message.
Finally, Pope stressed that Pauline's prayer life must constantly remind us "that we must seek holiness". "May this beatification be an occasion for a greater rooting of all in charity and for a renewed impetus in the common journey of each one towards holiness", he concluded, sending his Apostolic Blessing. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 23/5/2022)