Pope Francis canonized María Antonia de Paz y Figueroa, known as Mama Antula, in St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican and she is now the first Argentine saint in history.
“In the name of the holy and divine trinity for the exaltation of the Catholic faith and the increase of Christian life, with the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, of the holy apostles Peter and Paul. After having reflected at length, invoked divine help many times and listened to the opinion of our numerous brothers in the Episcopate, we defined blessed María Antonia de Paz y Figueroa as a saint and we enrolled her in the catalog of saints, establishing that throughout the Church be devoutly honored among the saints,” said Pope Francis to make Mama Antula a saint.
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The video where Pope Francis made Mama Antula a saint
The moment where Pope Francis canonized Mama Antula, the first Argentine saint. (Video: Public TV)
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Who was Mama Antula, the first Argentine saint
María Antonia de San José, better known as Mama Antula, was born in 1730 in Villa Silípica, in Santiago del Estero. Coming from a prominent family, she began her religious life after avoiding her arranged marriage at age 15. In 1760, she gathered a group of young women and dedicated herself to charity.
In 1774, she founded the House of Spiritual Exercises in Buenos Aires, where she dedicated herself to evangelization and the training of young women. Mama Antula was noted for her commitment to the dispossessed and forgotten in society, defying the social restrictions of the time. She died in Buenos Aires in 1799 and her remains rest in the Church of Our Lady of Mercy in Buenos Aires.
The moment where Pope Francis canonized Mama Antula, the first Argentine saint (Photo: AP).
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What were the miracles of Mama Antula
Mama Antula was beatified in 2016 in Santiago del Estero thanks to two attributed miracles. The first occurred in 1905, with the healing of the religious sister Vanina Rosa. The second miracle, central to her beatification, was the miraculous recovery of a man who suffered a stroke in the province of Santa Fe 19 years ago.
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