The beatification cause of Charles de Foucauld, the Hermit of the Sahara, was taken a stage further last week when the Sacred Congregation of Rites examined his writings.
Charles de Foucauld, member of an aristocratic French family, became a priest late in life after serving as an army officer, and lived alone for some years in the desert. He was murdered by bandits in 1916.
The Sacred Congregation also considered the causes of 13 priests of the Laval diocese killed during the French Revolution, of Fr. Raphael Kalinowski, a Discalced Carmelite who died in 1907. of Fr. Luigi Setosoppi, an Oratorian, founder of the Sisters of Providence, and of Fr. Dionysius Pamplona a Piarist, and his companions who were put to death in Spain in 1936,