22 January 2018

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07/09/2014 VATICAN - ITALY

Pope: Marcello Candia to the altars

Recognised for his "heroic virtues", the great lay missionary was also known as the 'Dr Schweitzer of the Amazon'. He came to Brazil at the request of Father Aristide Pirovano, a PIME missionary. Here, he founded a hospital in Macapá, a leprosarium in Marituba and twelve other works, including hospitals, schools, villages, leper colonies, convents, seminaries, churches, and voluntary associations.

Vatican City (AsiaNews) - The beatification of Marcello Candia is fast approaching. Pope Francis has in fact authorised the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to publish the decree recognising the "heroic virtues" of the "Servant of God Marcello Candia, Italian lay person," who was born in Portici (Italy) 27 July 1916 and died in Milan (Italy) 31 August 1983.

A great lay missionary, known as the "Dr Schweitzer of the Amazon," he came to Brazil at the request of Father Aristide Pirovano, a PIME missionary who later became a bishop.

In the South American country, he set up a hospital in Macapá, a leprosarium in Marituba and twelve other works, including hospitals, schools, villages, leper hospitals, convents, seminaries, churches, and voluntary associations.

Born into a family of Milanese industrialists, educated in faith and charity especially by his mother, he graduated in chemistry, biology, and then pharmacy.

As a young man, he set up the 'Lay people association to help the missions' (Associazione laici in aiuto alle Missioni, ALAM), which he ran for 20 years.

During World War II, he served in the Italian military. He later joined the Italian Resistance, helping Jewish refugees. At the end of the war, he also helped Italian deportees in Germany.

Encouraged by the then Archbishop of Milan, the future Pope Paul VI, he met Fr Pirovano, an event that changed his life.

In 1957, he went to Brazil for the first time, in Macapá, in the Amazon, Fr Pirovano's diocese.

In 1961, he laid the first stone for a local hospital, which would be followed by other works.

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Marcello Candia, the industrialist for the poor
From successful businessman to lay missionary in the Brazilian Amazon. He cared for lepers and the poor; supported contemplative monasteries and hospitals. The Vatican has recognized his "heroic virtues", one step closer to beatification. In 1975 he was named Brazil’s “Person of the year”.

12/10/2017 15:18:00 VATICAN - ITALY
The fire of mission ad gentes helps Gospel wonder re-emerge

Pope Francis’ Message for World Mission Day 2017 to wake us up from our indifference. The testimonies of missionaries awaken enthusiasm at home. The words of Card. Martini. The stories of  Giovanni Mazzucconi (Papua New Guinea), Sr. Ida (India), Clemente Vismara (Myanmar), Marcello Candia (Brazil) bear fruits of commitment and the desire to imitate them.

26/03/2016 17:56:00 ITALY - ASIA
Fr Gheddo: Easter is the celebration of joy

Reflecting upon the mystery of Easter, a fact of history and faith, Fr Gheddo says that it leads life towards positive outcomes, even when it is hard and poverty-stricken. Marcello Candia and the Blessed Clemente Vismara are examples to follow.

24/02/2016 10:13:00 ITALY - VATICAN
Rosetta and Giovanni Gheddo on the path to beatification

The postulator of the cause of beatification of the Gheddo spouses - parents of our Fr. Piero - explains the story of their journey of faith and the heroic virtues of their daily lives before and during their brief marriage. A testimony in favor of the family.


22/01/2015 ITALY - VATICAN
Chiara Lubich like Teresa of Avila: her process of beatification begins
The process will open on 27 January in Frascati where the founder of the Focolare Movement lived most of her life and where she is buried. Her journey began as bombs fell on Trent, developing into communities that lived by the principle of unity. She undertook ecumenical work with Athenagoras and Protestant Churches. She also was open to members of other religions and to atheists in order to create "universal brotherhood on this earth."

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