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Thursday, December 8, 2016
Pope to canonize six new Saints in October
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Blessed Mary McKillop
At 11am today, the Holy Father announced the forthcoming canonisation of six new Blesseds, including Mary MacKillop, who will be Australia's first Saint.  The names are:

- Stanislao Soltys, called Kazimierczyk, Polish professed religious of the Order of Canons Regular Lateranense (1433-1489).

- Andre Bessette (ne Alfred), Canadian professed religious of the Congregation of the Holy Cross (1845-1937).

- Candida Maria de Jesus Cipitria y Barriola (nee Juana Josefa), Spanish founder of the Congregation of the Daughters of Jesus (1845-1912).

- Mary of the Cross MacKillop (nee Mary Helen), Australian foundress of the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart (1842-1909).

- Giulia Salzano, Italian foundress of the Congregation of Sisters Catechists of the Sacred Heart (1846-1929).

- Battista da Varano (nee Camilla), professed nun of the Order of Poor Clares and foundress of the monastery of St. Clare in the Italian town of Camerino (1458-1524).

At the end of the meeting, the Pope announced that the canonisation ceremony will take place on 17 October.

Source: VIS

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