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|Candida Maria de Jesus|
|Born||Berrospe, Andoain, Guipuzcoa, Spain|
|Venerated in||Roman Catholic Church|
|Beatified||May 12, 1996 by Pope John Paul II|
Blessed Candida Maria de Jesus (secular name Juana Josefa Cipitria y Barriola) (May 31, 1845 - August 9, 1912) was a Spanish nun. She was the foundress of the Congregation of the Hijas de Jesus, founded on December 8, 1871 in Salamanca, Spain. She was born in Berrospe, Andoain, Guipuzcoa, in the Basque region of Spain. Her father was a weaver, and the family was poor.
In July 2009, a meeting took place between Archbishop Angelo Amato, the Prefect for the Sacred Congregation for the Causes of Saints, and Pope Benedict XVI. In that meeting, the Pope formally approved a second miracle that the Congregation (first its medical panel, then the theological panel, then the prelate members) had reviewed and voted to approve. This clears the way for the date to be announced for her canonization by Benedict.