Preparations are underway to transfer the remains of the Servants of God, Henry and Inez Casolani, from the Addolorata cemetery to St Augustine Church Valletta, for public veneration.
For this reason, on Monday 5 June an agreement, between the Augustinian Province and the Henry and Inez Casolani Association, was signed for this transfer to take place.
The marriage of the Casolani couple took place in 1944 at St. Augustine Church, Valletta, the very same church they frequented together with their daughter Cecilia Mary who, at the age of 19, joined the Congregation of the Sisters of St Joseph of the Apparition.
Henry and Inez Casolani also became Augustinian Tertiaries in St. Augustine Church in Valletta. Inez Casolani died with a reputation for sanctity in 1992 while Henry Casolani died seven years later likewise with a reputation for sanctity.
They are a clear example of the teachings of Pope Francis who proclaimed that ‘marriage constitutes first and foremost the way to holiness of the spouses themselves, a holiness lived out in the daily routine of life: this is an essential aspect of the Gospel of the family. It is for this reason that the Church is today proposing some married couples as examples of holiness’ (Pope Francis, 27th January 2023).
Currently, a number of people are giving their testimony to the Tribunal, which was set up by Archbishop Mgr Charles J. Scicluna, in 2015, to study the life and virtues of the Casolani Couple. The Acts of investigation are taken to the Vatican to be studied also by the Dicastery for the Causes of Saints. Meanwhile, testimonies of a large number of graces obtained through the intercession of Henry and Inez Casolani are also being documented. In his homily, at the opening of the Process in 2015, Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna described Henry and Inez Casolani as ‘the balm that soothes the hurts and wounds of so many families’.