Sister Rani Maria Beatified

Thiruvananthapuram: The Catholic church in India got a great reason to cheer as the Kerala-born nun, Sister Rani Maria, who was stabbed to death in a bus in a jungle area near Udainagar in Madhya Pradesh, allegedly at the behest of moneylenders affected by the nun’s social work among village women, was beatified today (Saturday) at Indore.

Sister Rani Maria had taught farmers modern agricultural methods, and had strived to help children go to school. She had organized village women into self-help groups, which helped them garner resources to provide financial assistance in emergencies.

Reports from Indore said, Cardinal Angelo Amato, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, was in India from the Vatican to preside over the ceremony. All four Indian Cardinals, the Apostolic Nuncio to India, nearly 50 Bishops and hundreds of Priests, Sisters and the people from across India participated.

Sister Rani Maria Vattalil, a member of the Franciscan Clarist Congregation, was stabbed 54 times in front of bus passengers on 25th February, 1995 in a jungle area in Udainagar.

Vatican had cleared her beatification on March 23.