Friday, October 26, 2012


Last Sunday, October 21, 2012 was the canonization of seven new saints at the Vatican by Pope Benedict XVI.

Here are the seven new saints:

1.  Jacques Berthieu (November 1838 - June 1896) - Jesuit priest and missionary from Cantal, France who was killed in Madagascar for refusing to renounce his faith rather than accepting an offer from a village chieftain.  Beatified on October 17, 1965 by Pope Paul VI.

2.  Pedro Calungsod (c. 1654 - April 2, 1672) - Teenage sacristan and catechist from the Visayas region in the Philippines who went with the Jesuit missionaries to Guam and helped priests in converting the natives.  He was speared by a village chieftain.  Beatified on March 5, 2000 by Pope John Paul II.

3.  Giovanni Battista Piamarta (November 1841 - April 1913) - Italian priest, educator and founder of the "Congregation of the Holy Family of Nazareth".  Beatified on October 12, 1997 by Pope John Paul II.

4.  Carmen Salles y Barangueras (April 1848 - July 1911) - Spanish nun and founder of the "Order of the Missionary Conceptionists of Hope".  Beatified on October 12, 1997 by Pope John Paul II.

5.  Marianne Cope (January 1838 - August 1918) - American nun of the Sisters of Saint Francis Syracuse, New York.  She spent her life caring for lepers on the island of Moloka'i, Hawaii.  Beatified on May 14, 2005 by Pope Benedict XVI.

6.  Kateri Tekakwitha (1656 - April 1680) - A native American virgin of the Mohawk tribe and religious laywoman.  She professed a vow of virginity until her death at the age of 24.  She was shunned by her tribe for her conversion to Catholicism.  Also known as "Lily of the Mohawks".  Beatified on June 22, 1980 by Pope John Paul II.

7.  Anna Schaffer (February 1982 - October 1925) - A paralyzed laywoman from Germany.  She offered all her sufferings for the Holy Church and for the Church's pastors.  Beatified on March 7, 1995 by Pope John Paul II.

St. Jacques Berthieu, pray for us.
St. Pedro Calungsod, pray for us.
St. Giovanni Battista Piamarta, pray for us.
St. Carmen Barangueras, pray for us.
St. Marianne Cope, pray for us.
St. Kateri Tekakwitha, pray for us.
St. Anna Schaffer, pray for us.

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