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Blessed Charles de Foucauld

Blessed Charles de Foucauld

Blessed Charles de Foulcauld (photo: Public domain)

Blessed Charles de Foucauld was born in France, in 1858, to a wealthy family. Orphaned at the age of 6, he was raised by his grandfather, a devout Catholic. As a teenager, he lost his faith. He joined the French army and was sent to Algeria, where he regained his belief in the existence of a spiritual realm after witnessing devout Jews and Muslims practising their religion. But he realized that the religion which contained the fullness of truth was his childhood’s Catholic faith. He resigned from the service, returned to France, was ordained a priest and eventually returned to northern Africa. He settled in Algeria to live as a hermit among the Tuareg. Blessed Charles learned their language well enough to write a Tuareg-French language dictionary. He was shot to death in 1916 by bandits and was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI on 13 November 2005.

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