Bangalore, 03 July 2022: Archbishop Most Rev. Dr. Peter Machado presided over the Thanksgiving Eucharist held in honour of St. Charles De Foucauld’s canonisation. Priests, religious and faithful gathered in the Church of the Holy Trinity in Mylasandra, Bangalore, as they thanked the Almighty God for accepting Charles De Focauld for Sainthood.
Charles Eugène de Foucauld de Pontbriand, popularly known as Charles De Foucald, Viscount of Foucauld (15 September 1858 – 1 December 1916) was a French soldier, explorer, geographer, ethnographer, Catholic priest and hermit who lived among the Tuareg people in the Sahara in Algeria. He was assassinated in 1916. His inspiration and writings led to the founding of the Little Brothers of Jesus among other religious congregations. On 15th May 2022, Pope Francis canonized Blessed Charles De Foucauld and others. Speaking in his homily, Archbishop Machado pointed out how Saint Charles chose to live among the poorest of the poor by renouncing the riches he inherited from his family. “He left his own country and chose to live in a country where Catholic Faith was not significant. Saint Charles is an example of sincere faith for all of us. What God wants is that we must leave our old ways and return to him” the prelate added.
A documentary on the life of Saint Charles De Foucauld was displayed before the Mass. Community of the Little Brothers of Jesus, an institute of Pontifical Right inspired by the Spirituality of Saint Charles De Foucauld organized the liturgy with the help of the parishioners. Rev. Fr. Anthony Swamy, Parish Priest of Holy Trinity Church, Mylasandra, Rev. Fr. Arokiaswamy Sebastian, Dean of Beguru Deanery and other priests and religious were present at the Mass. The Holy Eucharist was live-streamed by Archdiocesan Communication Center (ACC).