Pauline Jaricot's miracle recognized: the joy of the Pontifical Mission Societies

26 May 2020

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On May 26, the Holy Father authorized Cardinal Angelo Becciu, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, to promulgate the Decree concerning the miracle attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God Pauline Maria Jaricot, Foundress of the Societies of the "Council of Propagation of the Faith" and the "Living Rosary".

"It is a moment of great joy for the Pontifical Mission Societies throughout the world. We are extremely happy because the Congregation for the Causes of Saints has announced the recognition of the miracle attributed to Pauline Jaricot, a French laywoman, foundress of the Pontifical Society for the Propagation of the Faith, the first of the Pontifical Mission Societies", said to Agenzia Fides Archbishop Giampietro Dal Toso, President of the Pontifical Mission Societies and Adjunct Secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples: "This is a very important step: it means that her commitment to the mission, made up of prayer and charity, speaks and is still significant today for the universal Church".

Born in Lyon on 22 July 1799, Pauline Maria Jaricot founded the Association for the Propagation of the Faith in 1822, 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.


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