Caxias do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil (Thursday, November 9, 2017, Gaudium Press) On October 28, 2017 the beatification of Fr. João Schiavo took place. The celebration was presided by Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Cause of Saints, and was held in Caxias do Sul, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.
In 2012 Pope Benedict had authorized the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate the decree recognizing the heroic virtues of the Servant of God, Joao Schiavo, a member of the Josephine Priests of Murialdo.
“Just over 50 years after his death, the Church today elevates this Italian missionary of the Congregation of Saint Joseph to the honor of his altars,” said Cardinal Angelo Amato, in his homily during the ceremony that the cardinal presided which took place at the pavilion of the “Festa da Uva”.
The cardinal continued saying that Fr. Schiavo “he sanctified himself here in this Brazilian land, a land of saints and martyrs …. He felt intimately as a Brazilian and spent his priestly and apostolic life in Brazil, where he found strong ground to practice the gospel of Jesus Christ in a heroic way.”
He also said that this missionary was a dynamic and creative apostle, the promoter of various social works of his congregation in Brazil, in which he expressed charity and kindness to the poor.
The celebration was attended by representatives of the Congregation of the Murialdine Sisters of St. Joseph, the Congregation of the Josephites of Murialdo and the Association of Friends of Father Joao Schiavo.
With information from Canção Nova