“Their declared object was to reduce the Catholics in Ireland to a miserable populace, without property, without estimation, without education.”
Edmund Burke on the Penal Laws
Vatican City, 31 October 2013 (VIS) – Today, during a private audience with Cardinal Angela Amato S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Pope Francis authorised the Congregation to promulgate the following decrees:
- Servant of God Honora “Nano” Nagle, (Joan of God), Irish foundress of the Union of the Presentation Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary (1718-1784)
This is great news. Nano Nagle has been declared Venerable. Honora Nagle devoted her life to helping the Irish poor, setting up an illegal school in Cork, leading to a network of schools for girls and boys, caring for the elderly and the sick and eventually founding the Presentation Sisters. She was insulted in the street for teaching ‘beggars’ and attacked for her work, was opposed by her local bishop, for fear of retaliation by the local Protestant community, but won the hearts of the local Irish poor. Voted Irish Woman of the Millennium in 2000, she has a lasting place in the hearts of the Irish people.