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VATICAN 21 Oct 2012 Pope Benedict XVI canonizes seven beatified Catholics
The seven beatified Catholics Pope Benedict XVI will canonize on Oct 21 won’t include the late John Paul II, despite pressure

October 21, 2012 - NULL

VATICAN 21 Oct 2012 Pope Benedict XVI canonizes seven beatified Catholics
The seven beatified Catholics Pope Benedict XVI will canonize on Oct 21 won't include the late John Paul II, despite pressure on the Vatican to speed up the process that started at his death. His canonization, when it happens will bring millions to the Vatican. The ceremony in October won't, but Rome can still expect a crush of pilgrims, arriving from as far away as the Philippines and North America. The latter will be honoring the first Native American saint.

John Paul II was beatified on 1 May 2011

VATICAN 21 Oct 2012 Pope Benedict XVI canonizes seven beatified Catholics
The seven beatified Catholics Pope Benedict XVI will canonize on Oct 21 won't include the late John Paul II, despite pressure on the Vatican to speed up the process that started at his death. His canonization, when it happens will bring millions to the Vatican. The ceremony in October won't, but Rome can still expect a crush of pilgrims, arriving from as far away as the Philippines and North America. The latter will be honoring the first Native American saint.

John Paul II was beatified on 1 May 2011. He was declared "blessed," meaning that he is able to be venerated publicly. Giving in to the pressure, his successor set his path to sainthood on the fast track, waiving the usual five-year wait before starting. An estimated 1.5 million people turned out at the Vatican for the beatification ceremony, according to Italian authorities.

The Vatican can count on large numbers of United States and Canadian citizens to honor the Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, Born in 1656, she was known as the "lily of the Mohawks." She converted to Catholicism in New York when she was 20, then moved to a Jesuit mission near Montreal, where she taught children and ministered to the elderly and sick before dying at 24. Tekakwitha is entombed in a marble shrine at St. Francis Xavier Mission in Kahnawake in Quebec. The process for her canonization began more than a century ago.

Filipino Catholics are already organization a pilgrimage to the Vatican for the canonization of Pedro Calungsod, a Filipino lay catechist and martyr. Blessed Pedro was slain for his beliefs in 1672 at 17 in Tumon, Guam, while doing missionary work along with a Spanish Jesuit priest.

Three other women will be among the seven canonized at the same ceremony: Blessed Marianne Cope, a German nun who followed St. Damien of Molokai in ministering to lepers in Hawaii; Maria del Carmen, the Spanish founder of the Conceptionist Missionary Sisters of Teaching; and Anna Schaffer, a German lay woman.

The men are Jacques Berthieu, a French Jesuit; and Giovanni Battista Piamarta, an Italian priest. (WRITTEN FEB 2012)

RELATED READING:

Those devoted to Blessed Kateri 'walking on air' (National Catholic Reporter 24 Feb 2012)
http://ncronline.org/news/theology/those-devoted-blessed-kateri-walking-air-about-canonization

Pope Benedict XVI holds Consistory, announces canonizations (Vatican Radio 18 Feb 2012)
http://www.oecumene.radiovaticana.org/en1/Articolo.asp?c=564318

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Date written/update: 2012-10-21