Loading
Blessed Chiara Badano an 'excellent' model for World Youth Day
Blessed Chiara 'Luce' Badano.
Blessed Chiara 'Luce' Badano.
By Estefania Aguirre
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- A friend of Blessed Chiara Badano, a patroness of World Youth Day 2013 who united her suffering from cancer to Christ's passion, called her an excellent model for young people to follow.

“I think that the Brazilian bishops' conference chose her because she is a model of sainthood that is simple, and not someone spectacular,” Franz Coriasco, an Italian journalist, told CNA July 16.

“She proved that you can pass from the ordinary to extraordinary with a simplicity of faith.”

Bl. Chiara 'Luce' was a member of the Focolare Movement who contracted cancer at age 16. Her life was one of devotion to Christ and abandonment to his will.

She died in 1990 when she was 18, having accepted her illness out of a desire to be united to Christ on the cross, saying, “It’s for you, Jesus. If you want it, I want it, too.”

Coriasco met Bl. Chiara because he was among the best friends of her youngest sister. In 2010 he wrote a biography of her titled “Dai tetti in giù,” or “From the Roof Down.”

“I don't think she was named Blessed because of her tumor, although this made the process faster,” Coriasco said. “She just followed the will of God.”

“She was feminine,” Coriasco said, as well as “determined and energized.”

“She had the capacity of having great dreams and ideals, but was, at the same time, down to earth and realistic,” he stressed.

Bl. Chiara is among the 18 saints and blesseds whom Benedict XVI chose as patrons of World Youth Day 2013, which will be held July 23-28 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Coriasco said that Bl. Chiara's parents, who participated in Madrid's World Youth Day in 2011, will be attending this year's celebration as well.

“Chiara also experienced a World Youth Day, the one held in Santiago de Compostela in Spain in 1989,” he reflected.

Coriasco said the youth making pilgrimage to World Youth Day can learn an important lesson from her.

“She said, 'we only have one life and it is worth living it well.' She did this with great responsibility.”

Bl. Chiara was beatified in 2010 just outside of Rome. During the Mass, Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, remembered her as having “a crystalline heart, like water from the source.”

At World Youth Day, Coriasco is also helping organize an event which will be broadcast on the Italian channel Rai Uno.

“Since Italians are one of the largest groups to attend it, there is an event called 'the Feast of the Italians' that will take place on June 24.”

In past World Youth Days, the event has been an opportunity for Italian pilgrims to meet each other, as well as international pilgrims of Italian origin.

Tags: World Youth Day, Blessed Chiara Luce, Patroness

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google

Featured Videos

Little Sisters of the Poor press conference in Denver
Little Sisters of the Poor press conference in Denver
Family thrilled to see Pope Francis in Istanbul
Syrian Refugee, Sara, 14, Before Meeting Pope
Ebola orphans thousands of children in West Africa
One year after Haiyan: Philippines rebuilds homes, lives
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
Dec
18

Liturgical Calendar

December 18, 2014

Advent Weekday

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 21:23-27

Gospel
Date
12/15/14
12/14/14
12/13/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Jer 23: 5-8
Gospel:: Mt 1: 18-25

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »

Saint
Date
12/15/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 21:23-27

Homily
Date
12/15/14
12/14/14
12/13/14