Sister Maria Ines Teresa Arias (1904-1981), the Mexican nun who founded the Congregation of Poor Clare Missionary Sisters, will be beatified at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Catholic Church said.
The nun, born in Ixtlan del Rio, Nayarit state, dedicated her life to missionary work and now becomes the fourth Mexican woman to be beatified.
Those previously designated as “blessed” are Maria de Jesus Sacramentado (1868-1959), Maria Vicenta Chavez Orozco (1867-1949), founder of the Daughters of the Sacred Heart, and Maria Anastasia Guadalupe Garcia (1878-1963), who was beatified in April 2004.
The process of beatification will be led by Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints of the Roman Curia and papal nuncio in Mexico.
The late Pope John Paul II pronounced to be true the “miracle” attributed to Maria Ines Teresa Arias.
Beatification is a first step toward sainthood, though all of those beatified do not necessarily become saints.