The beatification cause of a Polish religious sister who was tortured by Joseph Stalin’s secret police and reputedly bore the stigmata opened Monday.
Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz inaugurated the diocesan phase of the cause of Sr. Wanda Boniszewska in the chapel of Archbishop’s House, Warsaw, Nov. 9.
Boniszewska, who died in 2003 at the age of 96, was a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Angels, a habitless Polish religious community founded in 1889.
Her “Spiritual Journal,” published in 2016, recorded her mystical experiences between 1921 and 1980. Commentators have drawn parallels between the work and the “Diary” of Polish saint Faustina Kowalska.
Sr. Boniszewska’s spirituality centered on offering her sufferings for the expiation of sins, especially those of priests. The opening of her cause coincides with a series of high-profile clerical abuse cases in the Polish Church.
During Monday’s solemn ceremony, Cardinal Nycz swore in members of a tribunal that will examine how the sister lived the virtues heroically — one of the requirements for beatification.
The cardinal issued an edict Oct. 2 announcing that Warsaw archdiocese intended to launch the beatification process. The decree described the work undertaken so far and appealed for documents, letters, and messages relating to Sr. Boniszewska to be sent to the postulator of her cause.
“All this should be done for the greater glory of God,” the Warsaw archbishop wrote.
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