Servant of God Ignazio Beschin

On January 20, the Holy Father Francis received in a private audience, His Eminence Cardinal Angelo Amato, S.D.B., Prefect of the Congregation of the Causes of Saints. During the audience the Pope authorized the Congregation to promulgate the Decree on the heroic virtues of the

Servant of God Ignazio Beschin,
professed priest in the Order of Friars Minor,
born in San Giovanni Ilarione (Italy) on 26 August, 1880
and died in Chiampo (Italy) on October 29, 1952.


The venerable Ignazio Beschin, ofm, son of the province of Friars Minor of Veneto (Italy), lived out his religious and priestly vocation, with a distinct note for simplicity, gentleness, naturalness and discretion, which manifested itself in the many responsibilities that were entrusted to him. Alumnus of the Antonianum in Rome, he became in turn a trainer of young Franciscan students in Lonigo and Venice. As Vice Postulator General, in 1919 he promoted the study for the cause of the venerable Bernardino da Portogruaro, OFM, heroic general Minister of the order at a time of profound political and social changes. He was general Visitator of various provinces, Director of the Third Order in Rome, reader of theology, censor of moral cases for the Vicariate of Rome, Consultor of the Sacred Congregation of Religious, Secretary of the Procura and author of the new Franciscan Martyrology. In 1937 he was appointed provincial Minister of the Venetian province of San Francesco. Back in Rome, he was appointed President of the Antonianum and Dean of confessors of the Lateran. He was a true Apostle of sacramental and pastoral charity, which shone especially in his confessional and spiritual direction sessions.

He retired because of heart problems in 1950, at the infirmary in Chiampo (VI). He lived the last years of his life in profound Union with the Lord. Surrounded by a wide fame of holiness, he died on October 29, 1952. The process for his beatification began in Vicenza in 1979.