Ephemerides: April, 25th

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1656 and 1659: Two councils are held under the chairmanship of Vincent de Paul and in both he emphasizes humility: “if the Daughters of Charity want God to continue His blessing on them and their Company.”

1830: In Paris, takes place the solemn translation of the relics of St. Vincent de Paul. The silver reliquary containing the precious remains was transported, the day before, in the afternoon, the Archbishop’s residence nearby Notre Dame whose portal, the nave and the choir on agenda King, have been richly decorated by draperies. Since then, the metropolitan basilica did not empty from a hungry crowd approaching the relics of “Father of the poor. “This morning, the apostolic nuncio, Archbishop Lambruschini, celebrated the Pontifical Mass in the presence of the archbishop and a dozen of bishops. In the afternoon, at three o’clock, the procession leaves Notre Dame. Associations of men, many Christian Brothers, seminars of Saint-Sulpice, Issy, Saint-Nicolas, the Holy Spirit and Irish priests of the diocese, eight hundreds of Daughters of Charity with fifty orphaned, above the shrine. Surrounded by Priests of the Mission, it is driven by ten men. Behind them, advance two hundred other Daughters of Charity with fifty orphans, and the canons, the chaplains of the king, seventeen bishops and the archbishop. While a platoon of gendarmes closes the procession, four companies and four grenadiers voltigeurs walk along the ranks of the clergy. Upon leaving the cathedral, the procession, singing hymns and the sound of military music, take the Petit-Pont and by rue Taranne, rue du Dragon and the junction of the Red Cross, reached rue de Sevres. Along the route, houses are decorated. In the chapel of the Motherhouse, where could noone enter, as settled the ceremony, the Daughters of Charity, priests, the canons of Notre Dame and bishops. The shrine is placed on a dais at middle of the choir. Bishop Jacques Louis de Quélen, in a touching speech, said the Superior General, Mr. Salhorgne, that he joyfully puts the valuable deposit. The successor of Saint Vincent answered. At six o’clock in the evening Bishop Pierre Maria Cottret, bishop of Caryste, and canon of Saint-Denis, made the planned eulogy. This is a papal blessing that ends this beautiful day”.

1945: In Hungary, Sister Visitatrice is called in the room of “supervisor” installed at the Provincial House. A delegate of the workers’ council handed her a declaration to be signed which read: “I want to enter the service of the Soviet Republic and I will commend to all its orders”. If any Hungarian citizen did not sign, it would be expatriated and foreign religious people who did not wanted to sign must immediately go to the convent where they would be met in order to be repatriated. Sister Visitatrice took advice of Father Director and Prince Primate who both advised signing te declaration but resisting the first order that would have violated the rights of conscience. Prohibition was then made to the Sisters of cooking for the Vincentians and launder their clothes.

2004: Sr. Némésia Valle from the Congregation of Sisters of Charity of Saint Jeanne-Antide Thouret in Besançon is being beatified by pope John Paul II.

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