Pope Francis will canonize the Argentine blessed María Antonia de Paz y Figueroa, known as Mama Antula, in today's ceremony in the Vatican's St. Peter's Basilica and she will become the first saint born in Argentina. She is a symbol of faith and dedication to God. Her life and work are an example for all Argentines.
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Who was Mama Antula, the first saint of Argentina
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.
His remains rest in the Church of Our Lady of Mercy in Buenos Aires (Photo: DYN/Pablo Aharonian).
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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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The life of Mama Antula
She was born in Santiago del Estero in 1730. She dedicated herself to religious life and moved to Buenos Aires. In 1774, she founded the House of Spiritual Exercises of Buenos Aires, where she dedicated herself to evangelization and the formation of young women. She died in Buenos Aires. Aires in 1799.
Mama Antula's legacy
Mama Antula is considered a key figure in the history of the Argentine Church. Her evangelizing work had a great impact on the society of her time. The House of Spiritual Exercises that she founded continues to operate today.
A statue of Mama Antula in the Church of La Piedad, in Buenos Aires. (Photo: DYN).