Luigi and Maria Beltrame Quattrocchi
Feast Day: November 25
Beatified: October 21, 2001
Luigi Beltrame Quattrocchi was born in 1880 in Italy. He went to school to become a lawyer. By the time he retired, he was the attorney general of Italy. He was friends with many political leaders. After World War II he worked to rebuild Italy.
Maria Corsini was born in 1884 in Italy into a noble family. Because of her family status and home in Florence, Maria had many educational and cultural experiences. Maria became a professor. She wrote about educational issues. She loved music. She also found time to volunteer in a number of Catholic and social organizations like the Red Cross.
The couple married November 25, 1905, in Rome. They had four children. As a family, they started scout groups for children who lived in the poor neighborhoods in Rome. Three of the couple’s four children entered religious life. Luigi died in 1951, and Maria died in 1965.
On October 21, 2001, Pope John Paul II beatified Luigi and Maria Quattrocchi together as a married couple. The pope explained that Luigi and Maria “lived an ordinary life in an extraordinary way. Among the joys and concerns of a normal family life, they had an extraordinarily rich spiritual life.”
Luigi and Maria represent a model of married love and religious commitment. Their inspiring example is a source of encouragement for all married couples. Their feast day is celebrated on the date they were married.
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