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Pope declares new saint, advances several causes

October 11, 2013

Pope Francis has declared the Blessed Angela of Foligno (1248-1309) a saint, extending her cult to the universal Church.

The Pope added St. Angela to the list of saints on a recommendation from the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

At an October 11 audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect of that congregation, the Pontiff also authorized a decree that recognized a miracle attributed to the influence of Maria Assunta Caterina Marchetti (1871-1948), the Italian co-foundress of the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of St. Charles; she is now eligible for canonization.

The Pope also authorized decrees recognizing the “heroic virtue” of the following candidates, who will now become eligible for beatification if a miracle is attributed to their influence:

    • Bishop Pio Alberto Del Corona (1837-1912), Italian founder of the Dominican Sisters of the Holy Spirit;
    • Attilio Luciano Giordani (1913-1972), an Italian layman;
    • Sister Maria Eleonora Giorgi (1882-1945), an Italian religious of the Sisters Servants of Our Lady of Sorrows;
    • Amato Ronconi (c. 1226-1292), an Italian layman, and secular Franciscan;
    • Sister Marie Elisabeth Turgeon (1840-1881), Canadian foundress of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary; and
    • Sister Maria Jane Wilson (1840-1916), Indian foundress of the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Victories.

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