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Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Pope declares four new blesseds
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┬áPope John Paul II beatified a priest and three women religious yesterday. Portraits of the new blesseds were unveiled in St Peter's Square before a crowd of 20,000 pilgrims. They are: two Spanish nuns: Matilde of the Sacred Heart TÚllez Robles (1841-1902), founder of the congregation of the Daughters of Mary Mother of the Church, and Piedad of the Cross Ortiz Real (1842-1916), founder of the Salesian Religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus; and Italian priest Fr Luigi Talamoni (1848-1926), founder of the Religious of Mercy of St Gerard, and Maria Candida of the Eucharist (1884-1949), a religious of the Order of Discalced Carmelites. In his homily the Pope said they were "singular witnesses of loving Divine Providence that accompanies the way of humanity." "Christ was always their support and consolation in the difficult events of life." he said. Pope John Paul II has now proclaimed 1,331 people blessed and canonized 477 saints. Source: VIS
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