LIVE – Canonization of Charles de Foucauld: follow the celebration


⇒ 10:13 a.m. [MESSE] The pope pronounced the formula of canonization

Under overwhelming heat, Pope Francis, physically weakened in recent days – since the beginning of May, he has appeared several times in a wheelchair – pronounces the canonization formula: ” In honor of the Most Holy and Indivisible Trinity, for the exaltation of the Catholic faith and the growth of Christian life, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, of the holy Apostles Peter and Paul and Ours, after having reflected long, having implored divine help many times and having listened to the advice of many brethren, we declare and define as saints the blessed [noms des saints] and we inscribe them in the Book of the Saints, and we establish that they be honored with piety and devotion among the saints in the universal Church”. Applause from the crowd ensues.

⇒ 10:10 a.m. [TÉMOIGNAGE] Brother Aloys, prior of the community of Taizé: “Charles de Foucauld represents for me the hidden face of Christian life”

“Charles de Foucauld represents for me the hidden face of Christian life. Each Christian life includes a part of prayer, a discreet, hidden part. And with Charles, this hidden part is combined with an extraordinary openness towards others. This humanity which truly accepts the other, the one who is different, is very important today. It is an immense necessity for our world. I have just returned from the Holy Land, and I saw it again with my own eyes a few hours ago”.

⇒ 9:58 a.m. [MESSE] Cardinal Semeraro formally asks the Pope to proclaim the new saints

Accompanied by the postulators, Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, formally asks Pope Francis to proclaim the new saints. There follows a brief presentation of the life of the ten blessed: in addition to the French Charles de Foucauld, Marie Rivier and César de Bus, there is a Dutch journalist and Carmelite assassinated in Dachau, an Indian priest and five other founders of congregations.

The mass continues with the singing of the litany of the saints.

⇒ 09:56 [SUR PLACE] The canonization mass begins

In front of tens of thousands of faithful who have arrived since 6 a.m. in St. Peter’s Square, the celebration opens with the entry procession of Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, and the postulators of the ten future causes saints, including the three Frenchmen Charles de Foucauld, Marie Rivier and César de Bus. In total, nearly 2,000 priests concelebrate, including fifty cardinals and 150 bishops.

⇒ 09:50 [PORTRAIT] César de Bus, third Frenchman to become a saint this Sunday

César de Bus, founder of the congregation of the fathers of Christian doctrine, will also be proclaimed a saint. Ordained a priest in 1582, he left to announce the Gospel to different populations, notably using simple language. He uses songs, poems, or even panels representing scenes from the Gospel that he painted himself.

The miracle obtained through the intercession of Blessed Caesar de Bus would have occurred in 2016: the healing of a young man who suffered a cerebral hemorrhage in Salerno, near Naples in Italy. The fathers of Christian doctrine, whose community is established in this city, had taken the initiative of entrusting the young man to the intercession of Blessed Caesar de Bus.

⇒ 09:45 [SUR PLACE] The students of the Saint-Louis de Saumur institute attend the celebration

Our journalist Juliette Paquier accompanies around fifty students from the Saint-Louis de Saumur institute who took off from Paris yesterday to attend the celebration. A way of “to discover or confirm the faith” explains the institution. The second miracle that led to the canonization of Charles de Foucauld took place in the chapel of the institute.

⇒ 09:40 [PORTRAIT] The nun Marie Rivier also canonized

The nun Marie Rivier will also be canonized during the celebration this Sunday. The nun, founder of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary, is little known to the general public. Born in 1768 in Montpezat-sous-Bauzon (Ardèche) and died in 1838 in Bourg-Saint-Andéol, she was a figure of the XVIIIand century.

Victim at the age of two of an accident depriving her of the use of her legs, she manages to walk again ten years later. The Church attributed this healing to a miracle, after the little girl invoked Our Lady of Mercy.

⇒ 09:35 [SUR PLACE] Najem Bassaoui: “Charles is part of the family”

Najem Bassaoui, 57, came to attend the canonization mass. “So to speak, Charles is part of the family. It was my grandfather who welcomed him when he arrived in Tamanrasset. I didn’t know him, but my father did, and he spoke to me about him very often. We lived with him in peace, as we live today in peace with the Christians who succeeded him there.

LIVE - Canonization of Charles de Foucauld: follow the celebration

I live in Tamanrasset today, and the Christians who are there are at peace with us. The true Muslim does not harm anyone, contrary to what some from new currents say. Charles lived almost 11 years with us, he never hurt anyone, created a dictionary, wrote 420 poems. Charles has done many things for the Tuaregs and I am here to bear witness to this, as I was for the beatification in 2007”.

⇒ 09:30 [EXPLICATION] The reasons for the canonization of Charles de Foucauld

Canonization requires three conditions: to have been dead for at least five years, to have led an exemplary Christian life and to have performed at least two miracles.

After recovering from cancer in 1984, a second miracle was attributed to Charles de Foucauld by the Vatican: the story of a young carpenter from Saumur (central France), who survived a fall of 15 in 2016. meters on a bench, despite a pierced abdomen. If the miracle did not convert him, he now knows the figure of the new saint well.

The process for the beatification of Charles de Foucauld, who was assassinated in 1916 in Tamanrasset, in the Algerian desert south, began in the 1930s. “blessed” in 2005 by Pope Benedict XVI. The figure of the new saint has not always been unanimous and his cause for canonization was, for a time, suspended.

⇒ 09:20 [VIDÉO] Today’s issues

Tens of thousands of people are expected in Rome for the canonization of Charles de Foucauld this Sunday. Our correspondent at the Vatican, Loup Besmond de Senneville, explains the issues of this day.

⇒ 09 h 10 [PORTRAIT] who was Charles de Foucauld ?

Born in 1858 in Strasbourg, Charles Eugène de Foucauld led a dissolute life as an officer before devoting himself to a life of faith and evangelization, first among the Trappist monks in Syria and Palestine, then as a hermit among the Tuaregs. in the Algerian Sahara at the beginning of the XXand century.

Soldier, explorer, monk, hermit, missionary, linguist and friend of the Tuareg people in the Sahara… The astonishing journey of Charles de Foucauld, the “universal brother”, was tested in the deserts, both interior and geographical.

⇒ 09:00 [DÉROULÉ] Beginning of the canonization mass at 10 a.m.

The famous desert hermit Charles de Foucauld will be proclaimed ” Holy “ by the pope this Sunday, May 15 in Rome.

Tens of thousands of faithful from all over the world are expected in St. Peter’s Square in Rome to attend the canonization mass which will begin at 10 a.m., including delegations from Africa, family members and religious orders. Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin will lead the French delegation.

Nine other figures of the Catholic Church will be canonized. Among them, César de Bus (1544-1607), Provençal priest and founder of the Congregation of the Fathers of Christian Doctrine and Sister Marie Rivier (1768-1838), teacher who was particularly involved in the religious education of the youngest and founder of the order of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary.

Hello everyone and welcome to this live dedicated to the canonization of Charles de Foucauld which takes place this Sunday, May 15 at the Vatican.

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