Pope Francis declared a medieval mystic a new saint on Friday as announced in a statement by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints via Vatican News. Blessed Angela da Foligno was enrolled in the Catholic Church’s official “Catalog of Saints” as the Holy Father also advanced seven additional causes for sainthood.
Saint Angela was born in Foligno, Italy around 1248 to wealthy parents. She was a wife and mother who experienced visions and a “deep spiritual conversion” in 1285 when widowed. Enticed by the model of St. Francis of Assisi, she joined the Secular Franciscan Order as a laywoman six years later. She died on January 4, 1309 and her spiritual advisor documented her visions.
In addition to Saint Angela, Pope Francis also advanced seven other causes for sainthood in a decree that attributed a miracle to the intercession of Venerable Maria Assunta Caterina Marchetti (1871-1948), Italian co-founder of a community of religious sisters, the Congregazione delle Suore Missionarie di San Carlo and recognized the heroic virtues of the following.
- Bishop Pio Alberto Del Corona (1837-1912), Italian founder of the Dominican Sisters of the Holy Spirit.
- Attilio Luciano Giordani (1913-1972), Italian layman, father, and Salesian Cooperator.
- Sr. Maria Eleonora Giorgi (1882-1945), Italian religious sister of the Sisters Servants of Our Lady of Sorrows.
- Amato Ronconi (c. 1226-1292), Italian layman, Secular Franciscan and founder of a hospice for the poor in Rimini, Italy.
- Sr. Marie Elisabeth Turgeon (1840-1881), Canadian founder of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary.
- Sr. Maria Jane Wilson (1840-1916), Indian founder of the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Victories.
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