Mother Clara patroness of the WYD 2023

Mother Clara patroness of the WYD 2023

WYD presents Saints and Holy Patrons

The World Youth Day (WYD) Lisbon 2023 presented on 18 May 2022 – on the birth anniversary of Saint John Paul II -, the 13 Saints and Holy Patrons of the world youth gathering that Portugal will host next year. “Women, men and young people” have been chosen who, according to the Cardinal-Patriarch of Lisbon, “have shown that the life of Christ enriches and saves the youth of all times”.

Among them is also Blessed Maria Clara of the Child Jesus, a young noblewoman born on the suburbs of the capital. She was orphaned at an early age, but decided to be a “mother” to the destitute. At a time when this was officially forbidden, she managed to establish a religious congregation dedicated to this cause (Franciscan Hospitallers of the Immaculate Conception). Until her death in 1899, she overcame all opposition, reiterating: "Where there is good to be done, do it!"

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Thursday, May 19 2022