Bl. Louis Rafiringa Biography
Blessed Louis Rafiringa Biography, Feast Day, Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Beatification Date, Canonization Date
|Date of Birth||3 November 1856|
|Country of Birth||Madagascar in Africa|
|Matrimony/Holy Orders||Blesseds who were Brothers|
|Place of Work||Madagascar|
|Date of Death||19 May 1919|
|Place of Death||Madagascar|
|Feast Day||May 19|
|Beatification||Beatified by Pope Benedict XV on I7 June 2009|
|Canonization||Canonized by N/A|
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Blessed Louis Rafiringa was born on November 3, 1856, in Madagascar. He was the son of Rainiantoandro. His father was a senior official of Queen Ranavalona I and captain of the slaves of the noble tribe Hova.
In 1866 he met missionaries of the De La Salle brothers and told his father about his desire to go to school. Louis joined the brother of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (De La Salle Brothers). On October 24, 1869, was baptized there. After finish school, he served as an assistant teacher at the local De La Salle school in 1873. He was elected President of the Catholic Union of Madagascar in 1883 and made his perpetual profession on November 14, 1889.
Arrested and Trial
On December 24, 1915, he was arrested, his room searched, and manuscripts confiscated. An investigation focused on his writings and officials tried to prove that he was part of the secret V.V.S. Sect and took everything he owned. Rafiringa was locked in an underground cell with a rundown table and a blanket.
On 18 February 1916, his trial ended in a positive outcome and around 8:00 pm he was taken back to his home with the faithful ready to receive him and kiss his hands for the people within reach. He visited the local bishop on February 19 to ask for a new rosary, as his previous rosary was worn out.
Bl. Louis Rafiringa Death
He died on May 19, 1919, in Fianarantsoa, Madagascar of natural causes.