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MARTYRED FRANCISCAN SR. RANI MARIA VATTALIL BEATIFIED IN INDIA

 

Martyred Indian Sister Rani Maria Vattalil, who was slain by an assassin 22 years ago in central India will be officially proclaimed a Blessed at a beatification ceremony at the start of a Holy Mass in Indore, Madhya Pradesh state on Saturday, Nov. 4. 

  

The nun belonging to the Franciscan Clarist Congregation was 41 when Samandar Singh, hired by some landlords, stabbed her inside a bus on February 25, 1995.  She was traveling to Indore, the commercial capital of Madhya Pradesh state, on her way to her native state, Kerala, southern India. The attacker followed her when she ran out of the crowded bus and continued stabbing her. She died on the roadside at Nachanbore Hill, near Indore.  Her body bore 45 stab wounds.  Samandar Singh has repented since then.

 

Sr. Rani Maria was targetted for empowering the poor and downtrodden from being exploited by money lenders and unscrupulous businessmen.

 

Beatification is the penultimate stage in a long process in the Catholic Church for a candidate to sainthood or canonization. The cause of Sr. Rani Maria’s beatification and canonization began in 2003 and she was declared a Servant of God four years later.  A miracle through her intercession will now be needed to clear her for canonization. 

 

To know about the beatification of Sr. Rani Maria, we contacted Bishop Chacko Thottumarikal of Indore, where Italian Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints, will preside over the Beatification Mass on Saturday.  Talking to Vatican Radio on his mobile phone, the Divine Word bishop first explained what the recognition of the martyrdom of Sr. Rani Maria means to local Christians and Catholics as well as to the Indian Church and the nation.

 

[In the picture below is Samandar Singh, the repentant assassin of Sr. Rani Maria, in prayer before a portrait of the nun in the Franciscan Clarist convent in Udainagar, Madhya Pradesh, India.]

 



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