Five canonisations scheduled for Sunday
John Paul II will preside over five canonisations this Sunday, including that of a killer who converted and lived a life of penance.
Bernardo da Corleone (1605-1667) was an expert in handling a knife. One day, he mortally wounded an adversary and fled, to escape from the police. He sought refuge in the church of the Palermo Capuchins. In 1632, after being converted, he entered that monastery as a friar, and lived a life of penance. He was beatified in 1768.
The other four candidates are:
REBECCA PIERRETTE AR-RAYES (1932-1914)
She was a virgin and nun of the Lebanese Order of St. Antony of the Maronites. She is known as the "flower of Himlaya," the little Lebanese mountain village where she was born and baptized with the name Boutrossieh -- Pierrette or Petronila in French -- on June 29, 1832.
LUIGI SCROSOPPI (1804-1884)
An Italian priest was a religious of the St. Philip Neri Oratory, and founder of the Sisters of Providence of St. Cajetan of Thiene. He said: "The poor and the sick are our owners and they represent the very person of Jesus Christ."
AGOSTINO ROSCELLI (1818-1902)
Born in Bargone de Casarza, in Liguria, he died in Genoa. He was ordained a priest in 1846 and, as parish priest, he was especially concerned with youth, and girls, who had less access to education. He founded a school so that they could receive intellectual and professional training. He instituted a religious community of women teachers to run the school.
TERESA EUSTOCHIO VERZERI (1801-1852)
Virgin and founder of the Institute of the Daughters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Member of the noble family of Bergamo, in Lombardy, she was formed in the religious life in the Benedictine community of her native city. She dedicated herself to the education of young girls. She founded a religious congregation for them, the Daughters of the Sacred Heart, concerned with education. She died in Brescia.