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September 25, 2010: the day of the Beatification. More than twenty thousand people rushed to the “Divino Amore” (‘Divine Love’) Roman Sanctuary: youth and adults from more than 70 nations across the five continents. Endless initiatives were organized across the world to allow even those most distant and underprivileged to afford the trip. A simple ceremony, but intense and moving, followed around the world thanks to internet and television broadcasts. The rite was presided by Monsignor Angelo Amato, the Prefect for the “Congregation for the Causes of Saints”. Chiara’s mother still remembers: “When I saw the drape that covered the large picture of Chiara come down I felt in that moment that Chiara was no longer my daughter, but she belonged to everyone, she became Church”.

That same night, in the crowded “Paul VI Hall” in the Vatican, a great event sealed an extraordinary day; this too reaches many countries around the world thanks to live streaming. With Chiara Luce – Life, Love, Light was an enormous feast that communicated the model of life of this new Blessed with the language of theater, music and several witnesses. However, even that immense Hall was not enough to hold everyone, and many youth were forced to watch the event on the large screens placed in Saint Peter’s Square.

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The next day, in the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, Vatican Secretary of State card. Tarcisio Bertone presided the Mass of Thanksgiving for the Beatification. The media echo of these events spread worldwide. In Italy alone, there were over 120 articles, besides the main TV network coverage – Rai 1, Rai 2, Sky… Everyone was talking about Chiara Luce, even some Muslim countries.

The following week, during his visit to Palermo, Pope Benedict XVI addressed the youth, recalling the beatification and recommending Chiara and her family as a model: “I invite you to get to know her – he said, among other things – Her life was short, but it is a wonderful message (…) Nineteen years full of life, love, and faith.  Two years, the last ones, also filled with pain, but always lived in love and light, a light that shone around her and that came from within: from her heart full of God!  How is this possible? How can a 17, 18 year-old girl live through suffering like that, humanly hopeless, spreading love, serenity, peace, faith?  Apparently, it is a grace from God but this grace was also prepared and accompanied by human cooperation: Chiara’s own cooperation, of course, but also that of her parents and friends (…) Today I want to highlight this in a special way.  Blessed Chiara Badano’s parents are alive, they were in Rome for the beatification – I myself met them in person – and they are witnesses of the fundamental fact that explains everything: their daughter was full of the light of God! And they were the ones who first turned on this light, which comes from faith and love: her mother and father sparked the flame of faith in their daughter’s soul, and they helped Chiara to always keep it burning, even in the most difficult moments of growth and especially during the great trials of suffering”.