Center for Carmelite Studies

Bld. Isidore Bakanja | August 12

Extract of Homily of St. John Paul II at the Beatification of Isidore Bakanja
St Peter’s Square – Vatican | April 24, 1994

“You were a man of heroic faith, Isidore Bakanja, a young layman from Zaire. As a baptized man, called to spread the Good News, you knew how to share your faith and bore witness to Christ with such conviction that, to your companions, you appeared as one of those valiant lay faithful who are catechists. Yes, Blessed Isidore, fully faithful to the promises of your baptism, you were truly a catechist, you worked generously for “the Church in Africa and its evangelizing mission.”  

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