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Mother Laura Doctor of the Church?

Laura Montoya (1874-1949) , the first Columbian saint, could receive the most important accolade the Catholic Church presents after sainthood. On the occasion of the sixty-fourth anniversary of her death, Mother Laura was canonized on May 12 by Pope Francis. "El Tiempo" has in fact revealed that the case will be presented shortly to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. If the claim is accepted, mother Laura will become part of a select group of doctors of the Catholic Church (34 saints), alongside Teresa of Avila, Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Lisieux and Hildegard of Bingen . "It ispossible that mother Laura will become a doctor. In addition to being a great pastor of the Church, she was a great intellectual, "said the Jesuit Carlos Novoa, professor at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. Father Novoa then recalled that, as she carried out her missionary work among the Indians, the religious woman distinguished herself as a writer. In fact, she published more than thirty books, including her autobiography, which is considered a masterpiece of religious literature and mysticism. "But beyond that, it would be a confirmation of the struggle that mother Laura conducted against discrimination against women. It would be a great contribution to a male-dominated country like Colombia, “said the Jesuit, who recalled that Mother Laura Montoya had to fight hard against the Church and society to pursue her social and evangelizing work among the Indians, in an era when women were forbidden to do almost everything. The Holy See will take about five years to study the texts and evangelizing proposals of the Colombian saint, especially regarding the role of women in the Church.

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