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Canonization preview: Italian, Spanish nuns from early 1900s

October 14, 2010

On October 17, Pope Benedict will canonize six religious, two of whom founded religious institutes in historically Catholic nations.

Beatified in 1996, Bl. Cándida María de Jesús Cipitria y Barriola (1845-1912) founded the Congregation of the Hijas de Jesús (Daughters of Jesus) in Salamanca, Spain. The current (2004) edition of the Roman Martyrology lists her among the saints and blesseds of August 9; her institute now educates youth in 17 countries.

Orphaned at the age of four, Bl. Giulia Salzano (1845-1929) was raised by nuns until the age of 15. She became a schoolteacher and catechist in Casoria, a cit near Naples, and at the age of 59 founded the Congregation of the Catechetical Sisters of the Sacred Heart.

“While I have any life left in me, I will continue to teach the catechism,” she said. “And then, I assure you, I would be very happy to die teaching the catechism.”

“In advance of her time, she was an apostle of the new evangelization in which she combined apostolic activity with prayer, offered ceaselessly, especially for the conversion of the ‘indifferent,’” said Ven. John Paul II during her 2003 beatification homily. “This new blessed encourages us to persevere in faith and never to lose our confidence in God who does all things.”

The Roman Martyrology lists her among the saints and blesseds of May 17.


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