April 9, 2017 1:34 am
Sister Rani Maria Vattalil died of multiple knife wounds for helping the poor
Samunder Singh, who stabbed and killed Sister Rani Maria, stands in prayer before a portrait kept in her former convent in Udainagar, a mission station in northern India, in this file photo. On March 23, the Vatican cleared her name to be beatified as a martyr. (ucanews.com photo)
March 24, 2017
The canonization process of Sister Rani Maria Vattalil who was murdered 22 years ago in India entered its final phase with church officials announcing the decision to beatify her as a martyr.
Pope Francis “signed a recommendation” from the Congregation for the Causes of Saints March 23 to promulgate the “decree of the martyrdom” of the Franciscan Clarist nun and beatify her, said a communication from Cardinal George Alencherry of Ernakulam-Angamaly in Kerala, a southern Indian state. The date for her beatification will be announced later, the cardinal said.
The Franciscan Clarist nun, now widely known as Sister Rani, was stabbed to death aboard a bus on Feb. 25, 1995. A hired assassin stabbed her at least 50 times. Her work among poor landless people had upset some landlords in Indore Diocese in Madhya Pradesh, northern India.