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First South African Martyr Beatified

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The celebrations of beatifications and canonizations are important moments in the life of the Church. Many Catholics, however, are often unaware that these events have taken place unless the venerated person was someone of universal renown (such as St. John Paul II or Bl. Teresa of Calcutta) or someone from their own nation.

On Sunday, September 13, the Universal Church joined with the people of South Africa in giving thanks for the life and witness of Benedict Daswa. Bishop Joao Noe Rodriguez of the Diocese of Tzaneen, which includes Daswa’s home, sees the beatification as a truly important event in the life of the Church in South Africa, but as having universal significance as well. “Benedict Daswa was really an ordinary man and we are not celebrating him for national achievement, but he was a man of great faith. And that is the wonderful thing… he was one of us but deeply committed to Jesus Christ, deeply committed in his family life, in his work life, in his community life. A man who was serving, helping, educating: an overall inspiration of faith for anyone.”

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