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Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Malta's 'second apostle' to be canonised
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 On Friday, the Vatican announced the forthcoming canonization of five new saints. Among them will be Dun Gorg Preca ­ the first saint to come from Malta. Born in 1880, Fr Gorg founded the Society of Christian Doctrine which now runs schools in Malta, Australia, Peru, the Sudan, United Kingdom, Kenya and Albania. A much-loved pastor, Fr Gorg was ahead of his time in encouraging laypeople to become catechists. Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, prefect of the congregation for the causes of the saints, said Pope John Paul II had described Fr Preca as: "a second apostle for Malta, after Saint Paul." The other Blesseds to be canonised are: Blessed Antonio de Santa Ana. (Antonio Galvão de França), of the Order of Friars Minor of Alcantarini, founder of the Convent of the Conceptionists Recolhimento da Luz. Known and esteemed as a preacher and confessor, he will be canonized by Pope Benedict on Friday, May 11, during the course of his Apostolic journey to Brazil, On Sunday, June 3, Blessed George Preca will be canonised with Blessed Szymon of Lipnica;, a Polish priest of the Order of Friars Minor a great preacher who died of plague while assisting the sick in Krakow; Charles of St. Andrew a Dutch member of the Congregation of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, an apostle of ecumenism and tireless confessor; and a French nun, Blessed Marie Eugenie de Jesus, foundress of the Institute of the Sisters of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, wished her sisters to be contemplatives in action. Source: Fides
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