Today, 24 April 2021, Pope Francis received in audience Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.
The Vatican News states: “During the audience, the Supreme Pontiff confirmed the conclusions of the Ordinary Session of Cardinals and Bishops, Members of the Congregation, and decided to extend the cult of Blessed Margaret of Città di Castello, of the Third Order of Friars Preachers Friars, to the universal Church; born around 1287 in Metola (Italy) and died in Città di Castello (Italy) on 13 April 1320, inscribing her in the catalog of the Saints (Equivalent Canonization).”
As one wrote, this is excellent news not only for the Order of Preachers, but also for the ProLife Movement. St. Margaret was born blind, deformed in face, a hunchback, with one leg shorter than the other, a dwarf (her incorrupt body is amazingly small), finally abandoned by her parents in her teenage years, She died at 33 a saintly woman beloved by so many … she is a reminder of the value of all lives and the power of faith and hope in the face of immeasurable suffering and abandonment.
St Margaret, pray for us.