The Vatican recently released the date of May 15, 2022, as the day on which Blessed Charles de Foucauld will be canonized. Pope Francis had announced the approval for the canonizations of Blessed Charles and six other men and women in April and May 2021. The pandemic caused the official canonization ceremonies to be delayed.
In his encyclical On Fraternity and Social Friendship (Fratelli Tutti), Pope Francis describes Blessed Charles de Foucauld as a “person of deep faith who, drawing upon his intense experience of God, made a journey of transformation towards feeling a brother to all.”
“Blessed Charles directed his ideal of total surrender to God towards an identification with the poor, abandoned in the depths of the African desert,” the Pope wrote. “In that setting, he expressed his desire to feel himself a brother to every human being, and asked a friend to ‘pray to God that I truly be the brother of all.’ He wanted to be, in the end, ‘the universal brother.’ Yet only by identifying with the least did he come at last to be the brother of all. May God inspire that dream in each one of us” (286–287).
P.S. Hugues de Foucauld, CEO of Bayard, Inc. in North America, is a family member of Saint Charles. We in the Bayard family are honored to be an extension of this connection!
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