KOCHI, April 4, 2014
Two more saints from Kerala soon
Servants of God:Chavara Kuriakose Elias and Mother Euphrasia will be elevated soon.
Mother Euphrasia Chavara Kuriakose Elias
Chavara Kuriakose, Euphrasia to be canonised
Blessed Chavara Kuriakose Elias and Mother Euphrasia will be canonised by the Catholic Church later this year after Pope Francis I approved the miracles attributed to them.
Major Archbishop Cardinal George Alencherry told reporters here at a press conference that Pope Francis approved the report on the elevation of the two candidates to sainthood and the miracles attributed to them. Though he did not specify a date, the canonisation is expected to take place in October.
A handout distributed at the press conference said that Archbishop Antonius Petti, the promoter general of faith for the causes of saints, Rome, presented Chavara to Pop John Paul II in 1983 ‘‘as a pearl truly Indian and oriental,’’ requesting him for the beatification of the servant of God Chavara. What was said then has been reaffirmed by illustrious persons such as the late John Paul II and R. Venkitaraman, former President of India.
Chavara Kuriakose Elias, a social reformer, publisher, educator and founder of the order of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate was beatified by Pope John Paul II in February 1986. He was born near Alappuzha in 1805 and he founded the CMI on May 11, 1831, and CMC on February 13, 1866. He died at Koonammavu, near here, in 1871.
Blessed Chavara was responsible for introducing noon day meals in schools, a practice later adopted by the Rulers of Travancore.
Mother Euphrasia was a member of the order of the Sisters of the Congregation of Mother of Carmel, founded by Blessed Chavara Kuriakose Elias.
She was beatified by Cardinal Varkey Vithayathil at a public function in Ollur, near Thrissur, in 2006.
A handout distributed at the press conference described Blessed Euphrasia as a humble CMC nun who has personalised prayer heritage of Carmel and lived according to the divine inspirations and rose to the heights of Santiti.
To Blessed Kuriakose is attributed the miraculous cure of a young girl of her squint eye in 2009. To Blessed Euphresia is attributed the miraculous cure of thyroglossal cyst in a boy in 2006.