Consolata missionary sister beatified

Posted by Siobhan O'Neill Meluso
Wednesday 27, May 2015 | Category:   Mission & Evangelization,Mary and the Saints
Beatification ceremony of Consolata Missionary Sister Irene “Nyaatha” Stefani.
Beatification ceremony of Consolata Missionary Sister Irene “Nyaatha” Stefani in Kenya.
Italian-born Sister Irene Stefani of the Consolata Missionary Sisters was the first person to undergo a key step toward sainthood in the African country of Kenya. Stefani and the Consolata Missionary Sisters helped the wounded in Kenya and Tanzania during World War I. Stefani died of the plague in 1930 at the age of 39.

According to Vatican news reports, 100,000 people from all over the world gathered in Kenya to witness the beatification ceremony of Blessed Irene, nicknamed "Nyaatha,'' which means "mother of mercy'' in the local Kikuyu language. President Uhuru Kenyatta was among many dignitaries who attended the event, as well as Stefani's relatives from Italy.

Beatification is the first step toward possible sainthood, and it comes after official verification that a miracle happened after prayers were offered to the candidate. In the case of Stefani, a 1989 miracle in Mozambique was attributed to her.

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