EUROPE/ITALY - “Every priest is by nature a missionary”: Blessed Giuseppe Allamano will be canonized

Friday, 24 May 2024

Rome (Agenzia Fides) - Being a missionary "requires nothing other than a great love for God and commitment to the salvation of souls", is the motto of Blessed Giuseppe Allamano, who founded the Institute of the Consolata Missions in 1901 and will soon be canonized. According to a report from the Holy See, yesterday, May 23, Pope Francis approved the decree that attributes to the founder of the Consolata Missionaries with the miracle of healing an indigenous person in the Amazon rainforest who was attacked by a jaguar and who was assisted among others by six nuns and a Consolata missionary, who invoked the blessed Allamano, placing one of his relics at the bedside of the wounded man.
Born on January 21, 1851 in Castelnuovo Don Bosco (Asti) and died on February 16, 1926 in Turin, the priest and pioneer of Catholic press work dedicated his life to others, was involved in various social works, opened schools and hospitals and sent the first Missionaries to Africa. “This is a long-awaited moment for all of us,” said Father James Lengarin, superior general of the Consolata Missionaries, currently in Bogota, Colombia, for the XIII Regional Conference of the Order.
Father Lengarin, a native of Kenya, elected to this office a year ago, is the first Superior General of African origin to hold this office (see Fides, 16/6/2023). The Consolata Missionaries and Missionary Sisters are currently present in thirty countries with 231 communities and over 1,300 men and women at the service of others. (AP) (Agenzia Fides, 24/5/2024)