“The nurse told me that the child did not have any signs of life when he was born and so they did not bother so much about him but concentrated on my wife," he said.
Mr. Muriungi added, “The doctor told me that there was a Nun in their company who knew so much about Sr. Maria Carola and she started praying. After 30 minutes of prayer, they looked at the child and noticed a pulse and so they took the child and handed him over to his mother."
Mr. Muriungi, a convert to Catholicism from the Methodist Church, said the miracle touched his Christian faith, adding that he would not object in case his “miracle” son chooses to embrace the call to Religious Life.
The Vatican recognized the April 2013 miracle, and the leadership of the Cottolengo Sisters announced the beatification of the Venerable Servant of God Carola on 11 March 2022.
In a statement obtained by ACI Africa, the Superior General of the Sisters of Cottolengo, Mother Elda Pezzuto, said the Congregation had learnt with great joy the news of the beatification of their member.
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“The Superiors of the Cottolengo Family, on behalf of the Little House spread throughout the world, and in particular on African soil, express gratitude to the Holy Father for having granted to celebrate the Beatification of Sister Maria Carola in the land that she loved so much,” Mother Pezzuto said in the statement dated March 11.
In the same statement, the Father General of the Little House of Divine Providence, which St. Joseph Benedict Cottolengo founded, described the Holy Father’s granting of the beatification as “an extraordinary grace”.
“It is an extraordinary grace that Divine Providence grants to the whole Cottolengo Family present in Africa and in the world as a renewed call to the path of holiness,” Fr. Carmine Arice, the Father General of the Catholic entity that includes members of the Clergy, women and men Religious, and the Laity, with the mission of taking care of many poor, sick and needy people who were welcomed in was quoted as saying.
Silas Mwale Isenjia is a Kenyan journalist with a great zeal and interest for Catholic Church related communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communication from Moi University in Kenya. Silas has vast experience in the Media production industry. He currently works as a Journalist for ACI Africa.