Charles de Foucauld declared "Venerable"

"Do not be afraid to follow the path of holiness of Charles de Foucauld in his imitation of the One Model"

Brother Charles with a friend at TamanrassetBrother Charles with a friend at Tamanrasset

The news broke on April 24th 2001:

Along with 51 other people,

"daughters and sons of the Church who have made holiness 'their goal, their daily commitment and their glory'",

Brother Charles has been declared 'Venerable' on account of his "heroic virtues".

Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, presented Brother Charles to the Pope as:

"A particular figure of the contemplative and the missionary - that is what the priest Charles de Foucauld was, the 'Little Brother of Jesus' who took the humility, poverty and charity of Christ among the Tuaregs of the Sahara, wanting to be the 'universal brother' of Christians, Jews and Moslems."

Report of the official ceremony by Father Maurice Bouvier, promulgator of the cause for the beatification and canonisation of Charles de Foucauld

The text of the Decree.