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Seven saints to be canonized; four others move closer to beatification

October 11, 2016

The Vatican has announced that seven new saints will be canonized on October 16; and four candidates have moved a step closer to beatification.

Pope Francis will preside on Sunday at the canonizations of:

  1. Blessed Salomon Leclerq (1745- 1792), a French member of the De La Salle Christian Brothers;
  2. Blessed José Sanchez del Rio (1913- 1928), a Mexico Cristero revolutionary martyr;
  3. Blessed Manuel Gonzalez Garcia (1877- 1940), a Spanish bishop;
  4. Blessed Ludovico Pavoni (1784- 1849), an Italian priest;
  5. Blessed Alfonso Marico Fusco (1839-1910), an Italan priest;
  6. Blessed Elisabeth de la Trinité (1880- 1906), a French religious; and
  7. Blessed José Gabriel del Rosario Brochero (1840- 1914), an Argentine priest.

In a separate announcement, the Vatican disclosed that the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, with the approval of Pope Francis, has issued decrees testifying to the “heroic virtue” of four people, who will now be eligible for beatification if a miracle is attributed to their intercession. They are:

  1. Luis Zambrano Blanco (1909- 1983), a Spanish priest;
  2. Tiburcio Arnaiz Munoz (1865- 1926), a Spanish Jesuit priest;
  3. Teresa Spinelli (1789- 1850), an Italian religious; and
  4. Maria Costanza Panas, born Agnese Pacifica (1896- 1963), an Italian religious.


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