October 22, 2011. (Romereports.com)
Guido Maria Conforti wanted to be a missionary but at first, this wasn't possible because he suffered from sleepwalking and epilepsy. However, he would not give up and in 1895 he founded the congregation Xaverian missionaries, dedicated to preparing missionaries.Gerardo Caglione
"His thought was this: I can not go on missions, but I can prepare and send others to proclaim the Gospel.”
At that time, the pope assigned the congregation the task of
evangelizing in China, the country Saint Francis Xavier dreamed of
Today, the community of Xaverian Missionaries is made up of about 800 people with locations in 20 countries.
The miracle that led to his canonization was the healing of a Brazilian child who was born prematurely and in a coma.
“Through the prayers of his parents which invoked the intercession
of Bishop Conforti so bring the child back to life, this child began to
breathe and grew up with no side effects.”
The day of his canonization could not be more symbolic, as it coincides
with the Church celebration of World Mission Day. It's a way of honoring
the legacy of the bishop who always dreamed of becoming a missionary.