Nhá Chica

1808 - Jun 14, 1895

Francisca de Paula de Jesus - also known as Nhá Chica - was a Brazilian Roman Catholic laywoman who was a popular religious figure in Brazil known for her humble life and her dedication to God. Nhá Chica bore no surname and was an illegitimate child born to a slave mother; she herself was a slave until being freed in 1820 which allowed her to dedicate herself to the plight of the region's poor and the construction of a Marian chapel near which she resided for the remainder of her life.
Her beatification was celebrated in Brazil in mid-2013 and that made her the first Afro-Brazilian woman to be beatified.
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