The Vatican has confirmed that Popes Pius IX and John XXIII will be beatified on 3 September.
   Wednesday's edition of L'Osservatore Romano confirmed the widespread reports that the two popes will be beatified at a ceremony in the Vatican on that September date.
   The confirmation was contained in a homily delivered by Archbishop Jose Saraiva Martins, the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, and delivered on the 122th anniversary of the death of Pope Pius IX. The homily was reprinted in the official Vatican newspaper, after being delivered during a Mass in the basilica of St. Lawrence, where Pius IX is buried.
   Archbishop Martins mentioned in his homily that Pope John XXIII had great admiration for Pope Pius IX, and indeed had looked forward to his predecessor's beatification.
   Meanwhile the Pope plans to beatify more than 30 people as martyrs of the Catholic Church in a ceremony next month, the Vatican said on Wednesday.
   The new group of martyrs come from Brazil, Taiwan, Vietnam, the Philippines and Belarus, the Vatican said.
   They will be beatified in a St. Peter's Basilica ceremony on 5 March. The group includes Pedro Calungsod, a Filipino, who was killed at the age of 17 during an 1672 expedition by Spanish Jesuit missionaries to the Marianas.

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