Belarusian Politician Officially Proclaimed God’s Servant
On 10 April at the Red Church in Minsk an official beatification process began of its founder, a statesman and a civic activist, a patron of arts Edvard Vajnilovič (1847-1928). The beginning of the the process of beatification is the first step on the way to a possible canonization.
The process began on 10 April with the Holy Mass during which the faithful had read for the first time a special prayer for the protection for Edvard Vajnilovič. The representatives of other confessions and religions also were present at the Mass.
During the beatification process a canonical investigation is being carried out considering the candidate’s virtues. The process, called Beatification Tribunal, is headed by a postulator. In this case it will be f. Andrej Scomber, who was the bishop’s delegate at the John Paul II process. A Catholic priest from Minsk Raman Fakinski has been appointed a vicepostulator because Andrej Scomber will not be able to be constatntly present at the process in Belarus.
The first session of the tribunal is being held in public and consists of the candidate’s presentation, description of his life and establishment of the Tribunal by the power of the Metropolitan of Minsk and Mahiliou Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz.
Two comissions will also be established: a theological one that evaluates how a person’s words conformed to the teachings of the Catholic Church and a historical one that studies all records of the life and deeds of a person.
From today Edvard Vajnilovič has a title of God’s Servant.
Edvard Vajnilovič was born in 1847 in Sliapianka (Minsk) in a noble family. In his estates he modernized agriculture. In 1883 he was appointed an honorable magistrate of Sluck uyezd and in 1888 he was elected vice-chairman of Minsk Agricultural Society. He had been elected to the Russian State Duma for three times, was a member of Russian State Council from Minsk region. He refused a position of vice-minister of agriculture of the Russian Empire. He financed construction of Catholic and Orthodox churches. He supported national movement, participated in session of the Rada of Belarusian National Republic. Because of the revolution he had to leave Belarus and died in 1928 in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
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