- Pope Benedict XVI presided at the canonization of 7 new saints—including St. Kateri Tekakwitha and St. Marianne Cope—at a Mass celebrated for a congregation of 80,000 people in St. Peter’s Square on October 21.
- Along with St. Kateri, the first Native American saint; and St. Marianne, who worked with lepers at Molokai, the Pope also canonized:
- St. Jacques Berthiue (1838-1896), a French Jesuit martyr;
- St. Pedro Calungsod (1654-1672), a Filipino lay catechist and martyr;
- St. Giovanni Battista Piamarta (1841-1913), an Italian priest;
- St. Maria del Carmen (1848-1911), born Maria Salles y Baranguera, a Spanish religious; and
- St. Anna Schaeffer (1882-1925), a German laywoman.
Monday, October 22, 2012
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