Parents of Fr. Stefano Manelli, FI to be beatified

From Fr. Z's website:  the parents of Fr. Stefano Manelli,FI--the founder of the Franciscans of the Immaculate are to be beatified!  This was a family very close to St. Pio of Pietrelcina.  Ave Maria!

Posted on 23 December 2010 by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
In the Italian daily La repubblica there is an article about an upcoming beatification.

Vatican City – In spite of the fact that only his salary was coming in, they had 21 children: an example of Christian “faithfulness” and “acceptance” which the Church points to also for every family today with the beatification of the couple.  ….

I don’t have time to translate the whole thing, but with the beatification Holy Church will hold up Settimo Manelli (1886-1978) and Licia Gualandris (1907-2004) as “exemplary spouses and parents”.

In a time when families are being called upon to tighten the belt, in a time when the decline of the number of children being brought into families with a loving father and mother in the home, in a time when more and more children are being exposed less and less to a life of Christian faith well-lived, this beatification takes on its own importance, much as did the beatifications of Bl. Luigi Quattrocchi and Maria Corsini, or that of St. Gianna Beretta Molla.


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