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News from the Office of the Postulator General
25/2019 – 05 – 05

On March 30, 2019, the mortal remains of the Servant of God Fr. Elia Carbonaro O.Carm. (1883-1973) were moved to the chapel of St. Albert in the Shrine of the Annunziata in Trapani (Sicily, Italy), the ceremony ended with a solemn celebration of the Eucharist led by the Bishop of Trapani, Pietro Maria Fragnelli. At the end of the celebration, attended by a great number of people that included people from Messina also, the Postulator General gave to Bishop Fragnelli the Supplex libellusfor the introduction of the Cause of beatification of the Servant of God.
On April 14th the Postulator General went to Krakow (Poland) to talk about the initiatives taken by the Polish Province on the 20th anniversary of the beatification of Hilary Paweł Januszewski O.Carm (1907-1945), who died in April 1945 in the concentration camp at Dachau, having been infected with typhus while he selflessly assisted the sick.
From April 23 to 26 the Postulator General went to Nantes (France) together with Fr. Charlò Camilleri, O.Carm., to set in motion the Cause of beatification of the Servant of God, Jean de Saint-Samson (Jean du Moulin, 1571-1636), that had been already introduced in the Diocese of Nantes on 16 November 2001, and to take care of the collection of his writings. There was evidence of a great deal of interest and devotion to this figure even among lay people and diocesan priests. Steps were taken also to transfer his mortal remains (unfortunately only the skull) from the atrium to the church of Notre Dame de Lumières, in compliance with current legislation on non-worship. The Chancellor of the Diocese of Nantes, who was present for the occasion to agree on further steps to be taken for the start of the diocesan Inquiry, also expressed the great interest of the Diocese and the local institutions for the figure of Françoise d'Amboise, whose canonization is eagerly awaited.
From May 3 to 7, the Postulator will travel to Licata (Sicily, Italy), together with the Provincials of the Italian and Maltese Provinces for the celebrations of the martyr, Saint Angelo, in preparation for the eighth centenary of his death, which will begin next May 5 2020. At the request of the archbishop of Agrigento, Card. Francesco Montenegro, 2019 will be dedicated to the spiritual preparation of the centenary, which will involve the Diocese of Agrigento, the city of Licata and the entire Carmelite Order. On 4 August 2019, the Prior General of the Order, Fr. Fernando Millan Romeral, O.Carm., will lead a solemn celebration of the Eucharist celebration at the Shrine of St. Angelo, and on that occasion he will officially announce the calendar of religious and cultural events that will take place during the centenary.

The program of the festivities of May 4/5/6 is available on the web page of the Diocese of Agrigento: www.diocesiag.it
and on the Shrine of Sant’Angelo website:
www.santuariosantangelo.it/festa/programmi/programma_mag19.pdf

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