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Seven new Saints for the Universal Church

Posted On:18/10/2016

Vatican: Holy Father Pope Francis canonised seven new saints on Sunday during a Solemn Holy Mass in St. Peter's Square in Rome. The new saints were holy not because of their own efforts but because of "the Lord who triumphs in them and with them," the Pope said. Each one "struggled to the very end with all their strength," which they received through perseverance and prayer, he added. "They remained firm in faith, with a generous and steadfast heart. Through their example and their intercession, may God also enable us to be men and women of prayer," Francis said.   The celebration began with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes, requesting Pope Francis enrol the six men and one woman "among the saints, that they may be invoked as such by all the Christian faithful". Following the singing of the Litany of the Saints, the pope "declared and defined" their sainthood which was met with applause from crowd which numbered around 80,000. They
St. Jose Gabriel del Rosario Brochero, Argentine "gaucho priest," who traveled on a donkey, his humble means of transportation when traveling thousands of miles to minister to the poor and the sick.

St. Jose Sanchez del Rio, a 14-year-old Mexican boy martyred for refusing to renounce his faith during the Cristero War of the 1920s.

St. Salomone Leclerq, who was killed after refusing to renounce his faith at the height of the French Revolution.

St Elizabeth of the Holy Trinity, a French Carmelite writer and mystic.

St. Manuel Gonzalez Garcia, a Spanish bishop who spent his life devoted to Eucharistic adoration.

St. Ludovico Pavoni, the founder of the Sons of Mary Immaculate, who dedicated his life to the vocational and spiritual education of the poor and hearing impaired.

St. Alfonso Maria Fusco, the founder of the Congregation of the Baptistine Sisters of the Nazarene and of the Little House of Providence, a home for abandoned children.

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