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Soon-to-be-Beatified Italian Woman Pioneered Faith-Based Feminism

Discussion in 'One Bread, One Body - Catholic' started by Michie, Apr 16, 2021.

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    Known as Ida to her friends, Barelli had an strong devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which helped to spread among the Catholic women she encountered.


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    Armida Barelli (1882-1952). (photo: Public Domain)

    ROME — Armida Barelli, a lay Catholic leader who formed “generations of conscious and motivated women” in the faith, will be beatified after the Church approved a miracle attributed to her intercession.

    Born in Milan in 1882, Barelli came of age at a time when Italy’s first secular feminists emerged from the women’s suffrage movement, adding calls for divorce rights and more non-religious schools to their campaigns.

    She served as president of the National Girls Youth of Catholic Action for more than three decades, helping young women to be formed in “a Eucharistic spirituality” and to recognize their equal “baptismal dignity” with men, according to the vice postulator for her sainthood cause, Ernesto Preziosi.

    “She had a unique way of enhancing ‘the feminine genius’,” Preziosi said.

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