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Cardinal Tagle To Preside Beatification of Venerable Pauline-Marie Jaricot in France

The ceremony will happen during the General Assembly of the national directors of the Pontifical Mission Societies.

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle will preside over the beatification ceremony of Venerable Pauline-Marie Jaricot in Lyon, France, on May 22, 2022.

According to the Archdiocese of Manila, Pope Francis has appointed the Cardinal to lead the beatification. The announcement of beautification was made by Gaëtan Boucharlat de Chazotte, the Secretary-General of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) in France. (Read: Pope Francis Appoints Cardinal Tagle as Member of Eastern Churches Congregation)

Fr. Brian Lucas, National Director of Catholic Mission, welcomed the announcement and said that it is “very fitting” that the beautification will take place during the same year of commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the foundation of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.

Venerable Pauline-Marie Jaricot

Pauline Jaricot, French laywoman, foundress of the Pontifical Society of the Propagation of the Faith, the first of the Pontifical Mission Societies (Photo from Missio Austria/Clement Fuchs/Pontifical Mission Societies)

Pauline-Marie Jaricot was a French laywoman and the founder of the Society of the Propagation of the Faith and the Living Rosary Association. She was born in Lyons, France in 1799 and declared Venerable by Saint John XXIII on February 25, 1963. Pope Francis authorized the publication of the decree recognizing the miracle attributed to the intercession of the Venerable on May 26, 2020.

“As a laywoman committed to supporting the missionary activities of the church, she reminds us that holiness is not confined to those in holy orders or members of religious congregations,” Fr. Lucas underscored.

At a young age, Jaricot established a union of prayer among pious servant girls, the members of which were known as the “Réparatrices du Sacré-Coeur de Jésus-Christ.” As a member of an association founded by the Fathers of the Foreign Missions of Paris, Jaricot was also a pioneer of organized missionary cooperation. (Read: ‘Let Us Be Inspired By St. Joseph in the Synodal Process’- Cardinal Tagle)

“Through her vision and energy, she established a network of prayer and support which continues to this day so that local churches in solidarity can assist those missionary churches that are in need, due to persecution, minority status, or lack of material resources,” he added.

Congregation for the Causes of Saints

Pope Francis meeting members of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. (Photo from Vatican Media)

As per the Archdiocese of Manila, beatification is a process guided by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints, which begins with an intensive investigation of a deceased person’s life, writings and virtues and, except in the case of martyrs, proof of one miracle worked by God through the intercession of the person.

“If the person meets all of the requirements, the pope gives the person the title “Blessed” and decrees that he or she may be honored or venerated,” the archdiocese wrote. (Read: Tearful Tagle Recalls His Grandfather’s Migration Story)

The Congregation for the Causes of Saints is a Vatican delegation responsible for the processes required for beatification and canonization causes and the preservation of relics of holy people. 

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