[Province Madrid – San Vicente] Saturday, April 14, Pope Francis received Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, to sign several decrees of beatification processes. He then made public those decrees, among which was the one that recognizes the heroic virtues of the Daughter of Charity Sister Justa Dominguez de Vidaurreta and Idoy. This is the first step in the process of beatification.
Sister Justa Domínguez – better known as Madre Justa – was born in Azpeitia (Guipúzcoa) on November 2 in 1875 and died in Madrid on December 18, 1958. She entered the Company of the Daughters of Charity, beginning her postulat June 1, 1895 at the Civil Hospital of Pamplona. The testimonies tell us that “during this time, she called the attention of her companions for her piety, availability, welcome and capacity for denial and sacrifice with sick women.”. As a Daughter of Charity, she had a life absolutely marked by her dedication to the poorest. She was also persecuted and imprisoned during the Spanish Civil War.
Madre Justa was a Visitatrice of the Daughters of Charity. Among his abundant virtues and values, he stood out for her contribution to forgiveness and reconciliation. He had an outstanding work in the reorganization of the Daughters of Charity. And her initiatives in the field of charity, education, missionary projection and expansion of the Vincentian charism were very remarkable.
From now on, this exemplary, authentic and generous Daughter of Charity is considered by the Church as “Venerable”. For her beatification a possible miracle attributed to her intercession will be studied.