Rome Newsroom, Jun 4, 2021 / 05:15 am
The celebrations in northern Italy for the beatification of Sr. Maria Laura Mainetti began Thursday night with Eucharistic adoration at a church in her hometown near Lake Como.
Mainetti was murdered in 2000 by three teenage girls as part of a Satanic ritual. Pope Francis declared Mainetti to be a martyr, killed “in hatred of the faith,” last year.
The diocese of Como has organized three days of events leading up to her beatification on June 6, the anniversary of her murder in Chiavenna, Italy.
The celebration began in the Church of San Bernardino da Siena in Villatico di Colico, where Mainetti was born in 1939. The church hosted an evening of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with readings of meditations and reflections from the martyred sister’s diaries.
Bishop Oscar Cantoni of Como released a message to mark Mainetti’s beatification.
He said: “It is not a simple coincidence that the day of the beatification of Sister Maria Laura coincides with the feast of ‘Corpus Domini,’ the memorial of the wedding feast of the Lamb, immolated and victorious.”
“With the Eucharist, it is no longer we who live, but it is Jesus who lives in us: our actions are born from communion with him, since we were created for communion and for the gift of ourselves. We are called to draw ever new energies of love from the heart of Christ, so that we too become a source of life for others, thus giving our life, in one way or another, to others.”
Cantoni said that this is the message that the Church proclaims with the beatification of Mainetti, calling her “a luminous instrument for spreading God's love to everyone everywhere.”