The Vatican has approved the beatification of Mother Carmen Rendiles Martinez, a Venezuelan who founded the religious congregation "Servants of Jesus."
"It brings immense joy to the entire Catholic Church of Venezuela, and especially for the Archdiocese of Caracas, to announce that Pope Francis has signed the decree approving the beatification of Mother Carmen Rendiles Martínez" announced Archbishop of Caracas Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino.
"On Nov. 21, a miracle presented to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints was approved, for which it will be beatified next year."
Urosa explained that Martinez will become the third Venezuelan beatified by the Vatican. The blessing comes after the Vatican studied and approved, an “instantaneous, perfect, stable and lasting” miraculous healing on Trinette Durán de Branger, on 18 July 2003.
Urosa extended his congratulations to the Congregation Servants of Jesus, founded by Mother Rendiles Martinez, for her tireless and laborious work performed through the commission that leads to the process of beatification and canonization.
"It has been arduous work carried out by Dr Silvia Correale, postulator of the cause, Sister Rosa María Ríos, vice postulator, and the general superiors of the Congregation,” the Cardinal pointed out. "The current head of the religious order is Mother Maria Eugenia Noreña."
The ecclesiastical authority indicated that details about the beatification will be made available in the coming days.
Mother Carmen Rendiles Martínez was a Venezuelan nun who was born in Caracas on Aug. 11, 1903, and died on May 9, 1977. Though coming into the world without a left arm, this didn't hamper her playfulness as a child nor her religious activities as an adult.
She is the founder of the Servant Congregation of Jesus of Venezuela.