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Italian religious brother beatified

May 04, 2015

Brother Luigi Bordino (1922-77) was beatified on May 2 in Turin, Italy. Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, presided at the Mass of beatification.

Blessed Bordino, who was drafted into the Italian army during World War II, was captured by Soviet soldiers and imprisoned in Siberia. Following his release, he joined the Brothers of Saint Joseph Benedict Cottolengo and devoted the last three decades of his life to caring for the sick and the mentally ill.

In 2003, St. John Paul II recognized his heroic virtues and declared him venerable. In 2014, Pope Francis recognized a miracle attributed to Bordino’s intercession, paving the way for his beatification.

The day after Bordino’s beatification, Pope Francis referred to Bordino after his Regina Caeli address, paying tribute to the lay brother as a “humble and generous disciple.”

 


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