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These “Foucaulds” who are in Rome for the canonization of their patron saint


TESTIMONIALS – Young adults or even children, they have been waiting for this moment for a long time. This Sunday, they will attend in Rome the canonization of Saint Charles de Foucauld, whose family name has become their first name.

At the heart of the Middle Ages, the practice spread in Europe of giving a newborn as a first name that of the saint celebrated on the day of his birth.

This tradition has evolved, and the choice of first name has gradually become free, according to the tastes of the parents.

For Christians, free does not mean meaningless.

By choosing a first name, some parents place their child under the shadow of a saint, that is to say a person whose life was so virtuous that the Church publicly wished to give him as an example to the community. believers.

But how does a surname become a first name?

After two millennia of Christianity, the number of saints and therefore of first names has become such that it was more than enough.

Also, certain first names took charge of saints, like Thérèse (Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Saint Thérèse of Avila…) To clarify which saint it was, some Christians began to give as a first name the name family: Gonzague comes from the 16th century Italian prince Saint Louis de Gonzague, Montfort and Vianney come respectively from two French priests, Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort (18th century) and Saint Jean-Marie Vianney (18th-19th century). centuries).

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Saint Charles de Foucauld was quickly used by French Catholics.

Born in 1858, he was assassinated in 1916 after trying to imitate the life of Christ among the Tuaregs.

His process for beatification began in 1927. He was declared venerable in 2001 by John Paul II, blessed in 2005 by Benedict XVI, and now a saint in 2022 by Pope Francis.

Foucauld is 27 years old

and a student in a prestigious French military school.

This athletic boy grew up with a small picture of Charles de Foucauld painted on wood.

For him, it was unthinkable not to go to Rome for the canonization: “

My patron saint is an inspiration on a daily basis.

His conversion and his ascetic life among the Tuaregs after years of debauchery are an example of what to do and what mistakes to avoid.

Foucauld is in Rome with a dozen young French people.

I was lucky enough to be able to go to his beatification in 2005.

I went there with about ten…

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Source: lefigaro

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