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Anna Schäffer

On March 17, forty years ago, at the Bishopric of Regensburg, the informative process for the beatification of Anna Schäffer (1882-1925), began: a process that would have ended on May 14, 1977. A lay woman who lived in Bavaria with the responsibility of little brothers after the death of her parents, Anna was sick in bed for years. She wanted to become a missionary, but a serious accident in the laundry room where she worked when she was only nineteen years old – she fell into a vat of boiling water containing lye, causing injuries from which she never recovered - made her an invalid forever. From then, until her untimely death (which took place when she was only 43 years old), Anna Schäffer was always ready to listen and offer advice, and to pray for everyone. She was beatified in 1999 by Pope John Paul II, who praised her life lived out between "sickness and weakness",  she was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI October 21, 2012 (her liturgical memorial is on October 8).

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