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Pope to beatify virgins and priest on Sunday


John Paul II plans to beatify five holy men and women, including three founders of religious congregations, this Sunday.

On the feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of St John Lateran, the Holy Father will preside at a Mass in St Peter's, during which he will proclaim the beatifications, the Vatican press office announced yesterday.

The five are:

• Juan Nepomuceno Zegrí y Moreno (1831-1905), priest and founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy (pictured left);

• Valentin Paquay (1828-1905), priest of the Order of the Friars Minor;

• Luigi Maria Monti (1825-1900), religious and founder of the Sons of the Immaculate Conception;

• Bonifacia Rodríguez Castro (1837-1905), virgin and founder of the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of St. Joseph (pictured); and

• Rosalie Rendu (1786-1856), virgin of the Society of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul.

Meanwhile Salesian Fr Pasquale Liberatore, the postulator or saint-maker appointed to oversee the cause of beatification of Pope John Paul I, died on Friday at the age of 71.

Once the diocesan process was concluded in the northern Italian city of Belluno, the cause would have been taken up in Rome by Fr Liberatore.

Fr Liberatore had many causes that culminated in the canonisation or veneration of key Salesian figures, including the martyrs Luis Versilia and Calixto Caravario and the 31 Spanish martyred companions of Valencia and Barcelona.

SOURCE
Pope to Beatify 5 This Sunday (Zenit)
Postulator of John Paul I's Cause Dies (Zenit)

LINKS
Blesseds (Office of Papal Liturgical Celebrations) | Rosalie Rendu | Bonifacia Rodríguez Castro

Enquiry opened toward beatification of Pope John Paul I (28/8/02)
Pope John Paul I

5 Nov 2003