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Canonization preview: 2 new saints of the Renaissance

October 13, 2010

On October 17, Pope Benedict will canonize six religious, two of whom lived in the fifteenth century.

Blessed Stanislaw Soltys Kazimierczyk (1433-89), a Krakow priest, entered the Canons Regular of the Lateran at the age of 23. The current (2004) edition of the Roman Martyrology, which lists him among the saints and blesseds of May 3, states, “Moved by pastoral charity, he was a diligent minister of the word of God, a master in spiritual matters, and sought after in hearing confessions.” Ven. John Paul II recognized his liturgical cult in 1993, thus formally beatifying him.

Blessed Camilla Battista Varano (1458-1524), a spiritual writer, is listed among the saints and blesseds of May 31. The “abbess of a monastery of Poor Clares founded by her father experienced great tribulations and mystical consolations,” the Martyrology notes. Pope Gregory XVI formally beatified her in 1843 when he recognized her liturgical cult.


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