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3 December 2016

Two congresses on Elizabeth of the Trinity

November was marked by some unforgettable events of the Teresian Carmel. If on the 19th November, in Avignon, Fr Marie Eugene was beatified in a massive ceremony at which attended Fr General accompanied by a good number of religious, the impact of the canonization of Elizabeth of the Trinity produced the celebration of two important congresses in CITeS (Avila) and the TERESIANUM in Rome.

From the 10th to 13th November, in the CITeS University of Mysticism, the thought and doctrine of St Elizabeth of the Trinity, as well as her simplicity sensitivity and depth were presented, which was a source of enlightenment for the more than 100 who attended. The on-line transmission allowed some 80 or so Discalced Carmelite nuns to follow the congress closely in their own monasteries from such diverse countries as Spain, Costa Rica, Panama, the United States, Argentina, Bolivia, Brasil, Colombia, Venezuela, Morocco, Lebanon, Portugal, and the Czech Republic.

On its part, the Teresianum organized a congress for the 22nd and 23rd November, with great public participation. The new saint was placed in her historical context and after presenting a spiritual-biographical outline, the speakers explained some of the fundamental elements of her doctrine: relationship with St Paul, Christology and Trinitarian spirituality. The grand finale of the Congress was Mass celebrated in the Teresianum chapel at which presided Cardinal Angelo Amato, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints.

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