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Italian priest, nun beatified

June 13, 2016

An Italian priest and religious sister were beatified in separate ceremonies on June 11 and 12.

Blessed Giacomo Abbondo (1720-88), a parish priest who ministered in his hometown of Tronzano, was beatified in Vercelli on June 11. The following day, Blessed Carolina Santocanale (1852-1923), foundress of the Capuchin Sisters of the Immaculata of Lourdes, was beatified in Monreale.

Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, presided at both Masses of beatification.

During his June 12 Angelus address, Pope Francis paid tribute to both blesseds.

“He was in love with God, educated, and always available for his parishioners,” the Pope said of Blessed Abbbondo.

“Born into a noble family in Palermo, she gave up her comforts and became poor among the poor,” the Pope said of Blessed Santocanale. “By Christ, especially in the Eucharist, she drew the strength for her spiritual motherhood and her tenderness with the weakest.”

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