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Beatification of Carmelite friar Angelo Paoli
25 April 2010

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Angelo Paoli, a seventeenth-century Carmelite friar from Italy hailed by his contemporaries as "Father of the Poor", was beatified (declared "Blessed") during a special liturgy in Rome's Cathedral, the Papal Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, on the morning of Sunday 25th April 2010.

The beatification took place during a solemn Eucharist presided over by the Pope's Vicar for Rome, Cardinal Agostino Vallini. He was joined by the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Archbishop Angelo Amato, who presided at the rite of Beatification.

Many members of the Carmelite Family attended, whilst those sisters and brothers - both religious and lay - who could not attend joined in a spirit of prayer around the world.

Concelebrating with the bishops were the Prior General of the Carmelite Order, Fr. Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm., the Councillor General for Europe, Fr. John Keating, O.Carm., the Prior Provincial of the Italian Province, Fr. Giandomenico Meloni, O.Carm., the Carmelite bishop of Sora-Aquino-Pontecorvo Monsignor Filippo Iannone, O.Carm., and a large number of Carmelite friars. Those attending from the British Province of Carmelites included the Prior Provincial, Fr. Wilfrid McGreal, O.Carm., and the former Prior General, Fr. Joseph Chalmers, O.Carm.

Ceremonies began the evening before with a prayer vigil for the Carmelite Family and numerous pilgrims from the birthplace of Blessed Angelo and from the Diocese of Massa Carrara-Pontremoli in which he ministered. The vigil took place in the Church of San Martino ai Monti (Saint Martin on the Hill), where Blessed Angelo lived the second half of his life in the service of the poor. The legacy of his work continues, with the Carmelites of Rome maintaining an apostolate of outreach to the poor and vulnerable.

The Carmelite Family gives thanks to God for the example and intercession of Blessed Angelo, who in his service of God, the poor and the sick, gave us an example of love for those in greatest need.