221st Anniversary of the birth of Pauline M. Jaricot (1799)

22 July 2020

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Born in Lyon on 22 July 1799, Pauline Maria Jaricot in 1822 founded the Association for the Propagation of the Faith, with the characteristic of universality. She sensed that the problem of missionary cooperation was not helping this or that mission, but all, without distinction. In 1826 she founded the movement of the "Living Rosary": groups of people who every month, after a Eucharist, were entrusted with a Mystery of the Rosary to pray for the missions. She was declared Venerable by John XXIII on February 25, 1963. The miracle approved by the decree of Pope Francis took place in 2012, on the 150th anniversary of Pauline's birth. Three-year-old Mayline Tran became unconcious due to suffocation caused by food. The little girl, hospitalized, was considered dead, but the family refused to stop artificial life assistance and began a novena to Pauline Jaricot. Shortly thereafter, the little girl woke up and, against all hope, completely recovered, overcoming the prognosis of a vegetative state. The healing was submitted to the Ecclesiastical Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Lyon, which sent its conclusions to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. The medical commission therefore validated the inexplicable nature of the recovery.