Two men who died earlier this century have been beatified by Pope Paul. The men,?
Two men who died earlier this century have been beatified by Pope Paul. The men, one from Ecuador and the other from Belgium, had been members of the Catholic Christian Brothers teaching order.
SYNOPSIS: Some 4,000 pilgrims from Belgium and 2,000 from Ecuador were among the huge crowd which congregated in St. Peter's Square for the ceremony. Pope Paul was to make Belgian Brother Mutien-Marie Wiaux and Brother Miguel Francisco Febres Cordero of Ecuador into "Blesseds" of the Church.
This tapestry depicts the two religious. Brother Miguel of Ecuador died in 1936 aged 82. He had suffered from polio as a child and dedicated most of his life as a Christian Brother to writing religious teaching books. Belgian Brother Mutien-Marie died in 1917 aged 76 after spending more than 50 years teaching music and drawing.
During the ceremony Pope Paul said the brothers were being honoured not for any outstanding deeds but "for leading ordinary lives in an extraordinary manner". Beatification normally precedes canonisation in the Roman Catholic Church.