On October 22, at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, a comic book about Barrell’s life was introduced. Sacred Heart University was co-founded in 1921 by female parishioners Barrely and Father Jemelli. Bareilly will be honored as a true blessing on April 30, 2022. The designer and editor of the comic book, Ms. Ferrario, stated that “even the youngest people should know this woman who has worked hard to promote education and women’s liberation”.
(Vatican News Network)About 100 years ago, on December 7, 1921, the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, Italy was formally established. Armida Barelli attended the inauguration ceremony of the university. She was one of the eight initiators of this historic initiative of the Italian Catholic Church and the only woman. Father Agostino Gemelli once said, “Nothing can be done without Barrell”. Bareilly will be honored as a true blessing on April 30, 2022.
Born in Milan on December 1, 1882, Barrelli was born in Milan. He completed his studies in a Swiss religious school. In 1910, he met Franciscan Fr Gemerli and worked with him to promote Italy during World War I. The soldiers dedicated to the activities of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. In 1917, at the invitation of Cardinal Andrea Ferrari, the Archbishop of Milan, Barrell devoted himself to the women’s movement and founded the early Women’s Youth Association, the predecessor of the Women’s Youth Organization of the Catholic Church. This organization was established in 1918. In September 2015, under the direction of Pope Benedict XV, it expanded to the whole of Italy. Xin Zhenfu died on August 15, 1952 in Marzio, Varese Province, Italy, at the age of 71, and was buried in the underground church of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan.
The designer and editor of the comic book about Barrell is the Italian journalist and writer Ferrario, who studied at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan. In an interview with this news, Ferrario told about some important moments in Barrell’s life. She pointed out, “Many people don’t know Bareilly, but it’s worth rediscovering her.”
Ferrario said, “Barrell is an intuitive woman. Today, we can say that we are women with leadership. The organization she founded in the early 20th century still exists today, and women at the time did not have many opportunities: they Stay at home, waiting to get engaged, become wives, and mothers. They are not as lucky as Bareilly. They were born in a wealthy family and were able to study and learn languages in the best schools in Switzerland. Bareilly is an open-minded person. Of women, especially a woman with a strong will, everything she does is in the name of faith and in the name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.”
In addition to talking about Barrell’s deeds, Ferrario also mentioned the things that impressed him in the promotion work. She said, “What impresses me most is that Barrell is among the many men, including Father Jemelli, Toniolo, etc. She is the only woman and a hard-working person. Xin University is looking for funds to find a way to keep the university open because it needs to pay fees and salaries. She invented the Catholic University Day, on which all parishes raise funds for Catholic universities.”
Ferrario also mentioned that Barrell founded the Young Women’s Association in Milan. Later, the Pope invited Barrell to establish such an association throughout Italy. Ferrario finally said, “We must realize that Barrell did a lot in the early 20th century. Now, on the opportunity of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Catholic Sacred Heart University, let us commemorate her.”
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