New venerables, a father and his daughter on the road to holiness

Receiving Tuesday May 5 Cardinal Angelo Becciu, Prefect for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Pope Francis authorized him to issue decrees recognizing the heroic virtues of five new venerables.

Among them are Francisco and Conchita Barrecheguren, a father and his daughter who thus go together towards holiness.

Born in 1905 in Granada, little Concepción Barrecheguren developed a living faith when she was very young, but in 1926, returning from a pilgrimage to Lisieux, she discovered that she was sick with tuberculosis.

She died the following year, with a reputation for holiness throughout Granada and, great devotion was organized around her grave at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in the Andalusian city.

Became a widower in 1937, his father Francisco (1881-1957), very marked by his daughter’s spiritual journey, joined the Redemptorists in 1948 at the age of 60. From 1949 until his death in 1957, he devoted himself to the sanctuary of Perpetual Help in Granada, also working a lot in the process of canonization of his daughter.

The Congregation for the Causes of Saints also recognized the heroic virtues of Matteo Farina (1990-2009), a young Italian from Brindisi (Apulia), known from childhood for his radiant faith and who died at 19 years of age from a brain tumor.

Two Italian priests

The other two new venerables whose heroic virtues have been recognized are the father Francesco Caruso (1879-1951), priest of the Italian diocese of Catanzaro-Squillace known for his activity as a confessor, and the father Carmine De Palma (1876-1961), priest of the Italian diocese of Bari-Bitonto.

The heroic virtues are only the first step towards beatification, which will only be possible after the recognition of a miracle obtained by the intercession of the new venerables.


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