Virginia Blanco Tardio could be the first Blessed of Bolivia

Sucre – Bolivia (Friday, 02/03/2015, Gaudium Press) Among the new decrees of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, made known on the 23rd , the Holy Father recognized the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Virginia Blanco Tardío, a consecrated lay woman who may become the first Bolivian blessed.

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Receiving Holy Communion from Saint John Paul II

Who was Virginia Blanco Tardío? Virginia, second of four daughters of Luis Pio Blanco Unzueta and Daria Tardío Quiroga was born in Cochabamba on April 18, 1916. She earned her high school degree in Humanities at the College of the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which she remained tied as a member of the Marian Congregation of Alumnae.

She had a general culture far superior to that of most women of her time and had extensive biblical and theological knowledge. She earned the title of Professor of Religion for High School when she was 32 years old.

Since she was little, Virginia was an exemplary catechist, work being conducted in Castilian and Quechua, she was preparing children, youth and adults to receive the sacraments and baptized more than once, children in danger of death.

She was loved by her students to whom she taught religion in several public schools in Cochabamba for 40 years, of which over 10 years, she worked without receiving any payment in return.

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 Blessed Virginia Blanco Tardio

Ever since her young age, Virginia was an active militant of the Catholic Action, and for many years Diocesan President of the Women’s Association of Catholic Action (AMAC).

In 1954, work called “economic Kitchen” for poor people. Since 1958 the work was known by the name of “Social Dinners” and continues to present their services. Later she opened her own house in the “Popular Dinners” that still work.

In 1962, she founded the Friendship Prayer Group and whose counsel was Father Julián Sayos SJ. The group was formed on the basis of some former students of the College of the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart.

On December 8, 1977, in the home of Virginia Blanco the Policonsultorio “The Rosary” was opened to serve poor people.

Virginia died of cardiac arrest on the night of July 23, 1990, at 74 years of age.

With information from ACIPrensa

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