COIMBRA, 14 Feb. 17 / 03:58 pm (ACI).-
The diocesan phase of the beatification process of Sister Lucia, the last of the three visionaries of the Virgin of Fatima, concluded on Monday 13 of February, in Coimbra, Portugal.
The solemn meeting to the conclusion of the diocesan phase of the process took place in the Carmel of Santa Teresa in Coimbra, where the religious lived for decades and where he died in the year 2005.
Now, more than 15 thousand pages of documentation shall pass to the study of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints at the Vatican.
In the diocesan process to have been involved 2 bishops, 2 postulators, 3 vicepostuladores, 8 people that make up a historical commission and 61 testimonies: including 1 cardinal, 4 bishops and 34 lay people, whose statements and work have been summarized in 15.483 pages.
The Bishop of Coimbra, Mons. Virgílio Antunes, presided over the session that “it was earnestly desired by many people of the catholic world” because Sister Lucia is a “notable person in the history of Fatima”.
“The research today is closed is the result of hard work, generosity and much love to the Church”, stated the Prelate according to the web site of the Shrine of Fatima.
The carmelite priest and one of the postulators of the cause, Father Romano Gambalunga, pointed out some of the features of Sister Lucia, as “his great, humility, and the simplicity of being guided, the freedom of the spirit, in the light of the prayer, and the joy of knowing they are in the grace of God”.
Sister Lucia of Jesus was one of the three visionaries of the apparitions of the Virgin of Fatima in the Cova da Iria between may and October of 1917. He lived as a carmelite for 57 years. His mortal remains are buried in the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary in the Shrine of Fatima.
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