This Sunday María Antonia Paz y Figueroa will be canonized by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Basilica. Mama Antula will become Argentina's first saint after being beatified in 2016. Javier Milei, president of the Nation, will witness the ceremony at the Vatican.
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The Supreme Pontiff beatified María Antonia Paz y Figueroa after learning about one of her miracles. In October 2023, the Vatican approved the miracle after recognizing that there was no medical explanation for the healing of a man who had suffered a cardiovascular accident.
Who was Mama Antula in Argentina
February 10, 2024, 10:45 p.m.
Mama Antula was born in 1730 in the town of Silípica, Santiago del Estero. At the age of 15, she decided to live with the Jesuits to help the most disadvantaged. She took the name María Antonia de San José and learned to organize Ignatian spiritual exercises, until in 1767, Charles III expelled the Jesuits and then Pope Clement XIV suppressed the religious order.
Mama Antula led ten-day retreats involving hundreds of people with room and board.