Vatican newspaper pays tribute to St. Frances Xavier Cabrini and her community
December 21, 2017
L’Osservatore Romano has published a front-page tribute to St. Frances Xavier Cabrini and the order she founded on the 100th anniversary of her death.
The Italian religious sister, who died in Chicago on December 22, 1917, founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to serve the needs of immigrants. Venerable Pius XII canonized her in 1946 and declared her patroness of migrants in 1950.
Historian and journalist Lucetta Scaraffia, a frequent contributor to the Vatican newspaper, paid tribute to the history of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, from its three-decade mission in China, where some sisters lost their lives, to present apostolates in Ethiopia and Swaziland.
“The crisis of vocations,” Scaraffia added, “has had a positive consequence”: allowing a growing number of laity to share in the sisters’ mission.
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