Religious Women Martyrs to Chastity are Beatified in Poland

Ten Polish nuns were beatified last Saturday in Poland by Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints

Newsroom (June 15, 2022, 2:30 PM, Gaudium Press) Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, beatified ten Polish nuns last June 11.

The religious of the congregation of the Sisters of St. Elizabeth were beatified in a ceremony celebrated in the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Wrocław.

Martyrs of chastity

During his homily, the Cardinal recalled the martyrdom of the ten religious sisters who were killed by Soviet troops. Sister Paschalis and her nine companions were executed out of hatred of the faith and for defending their chastity.

“The witness of the new Blessed is a word of love, a sign of charity, of total surrender to the heavenly Spouse,” the Cardinal said.

Cardinal Semeraro added that the religious women, besides their martyrdom, also led a life of service to the sick, the little ones, the poor, and the most fragile.

The celebrant took the opportunity to praise the generosity of the Polish people who opened their borders to receive Ukrainian refugees in recent months.

The Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Elizabeth was founded in 1810 in Nisa. The main mission of the religious sisters is to care for the needy, especially the sick.

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The Sisters of Saint Elizabeth, also known as Elisabeth Sisters, have stated that the beatification of the ten nuns remembers all the other nuns who were murdered by the Soviet army.

The liturgical memory of the beatified nuns will be celebrated every June 11. (FM)

Compiled by Sarah Gangl

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