Pope to declare five new saints

CLICK HEREPope Benedict XVI is to declare five holy men and women saints next month, in addition to 17 others who will soon be beatified.

The Age/Australian Associated Press reports that Benedict himself will preside over his first canonisatoin ceremony, proclaiming five new saints in St Peter's Square, on 23 October.

It said Vatican Radio announced that among the five is Josef Bilczewski, the Polish archbishop of Lviv, Ukraine, who was greatly admired by Catholics, Orthodox and Jews alike during World War I, Vatican Radio said. The archbishop's life spanned the time during which Lviv was under Polish control, after which it reverted back to Ukraine.

Also being canonised is a priest from Lviv, Reverend Zygmunt Gorazdowski, who founded the Congregation for the Sisters of St Joseph to care for the sick and poor. A Chilean Jesuit, the Reverend Alberto Hurtado Cruchaga, and Italians Felice da Nicosia, a Franciscan lay brother who lived in the 1700s, and the Reverend Gaetano Cantanoso, who founded a religious order, will also be canonised.

Vatican Radio also announced 17 people would be beatified in the next two months. Benedict, however, has broken with the practice of Pope John Paul II and has designated cardinals or lower-ranking prelates to stand in for him during the beatifications.

Among the 17 are Cardinal Augusto Von Galen, who was bishop of Muenster, Germany during the 1930s. He was called the Lion of Muenster because of his courage in opposing the Nazis and will be beatified on October 9, Vatican Radio said.

Eight "martyrs" from the Spanish Civil War will be beatified in St Peter's on 29 October, Vatican Radio said.

The following week, Eurosia Fabris, a widower, will be beatified in Vincenza, Italy on 6 November. Three of her nine children became priests. On 13 November, three more people will be beatified at St Peter's, including Charles de Foucauld, who was born into an aristocratic family but chose to live a monastic life in northern Africa and founded a religious order.

On 20 November, four Mexican martyrs will be beatified in Guadalajara, Vatican Radio said.

Pope to declare five people saints (The Age/Australian Associated Press 6/9/05)

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7 Sep 2005