Pope Francis recognizes “heroic virtues” of Sister Benigna, who could be declared blessed

Maria Conceição dos Santos: a Irmã Benigna Victima de Jesus

Maria Conceição dos Santos: the Benigna Sister Victima de Jesus

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)18174412 18174412 Pope Francis signed this Friday a decree in which the “heroic virtues” of the Brazilian sister Benigna Victima de Jesus, who died in 2022, in what represents the first step towards the process of beatification of the nun.

18174412The leader of the Catholic Church signed the document today, after an audience with Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

The sister, baptized as Maria Conceição Santos, was born in of August , in the city of Diamantina, in Minas Gerais, in a Catholic family.

In 1934, she joined the Congregation of the Sisters Help of Our Lady of pity. On 16 of March

, he made his first profession of religious vows and, on January 6, 1941, perpetuated them.

Two years later, Sister Benigna was named mother Superior of Santa Casa Manuel Gonçalves de Itaúna, where she dedicated her time to prayer, helping the sick and catechesis.

“During her life, she was discriminated against for a long time because of racial prejudices for being black, even by some of her sisters, also linked to her physical appearance and various diseases, including obesity and hormonal disorders that caused her a lot of suffering. She hid her hurts through her peculiar sense of humor and self-irony and the Grace that was where she got the strength to overcome difficulties and continue to donate to others doing good”, indicates the website’s report. “Vatican News”.

After his health deteriorated, was admitted to a hospital in Belo Horizonte, where she died in October 16 1941.

The title of Worshipful Servant of God, is given to the dead person recognized for “having lived the virtues in a heroic way”.

18174412 In order for her to be considered blessed from that point on, she must have performed a miracle through her intercession. In order to become a saint, a second miracle is necessary, proven after the declaration as blessed.