Sunday, March 2, 2014

New Saints

Three future Saints:Blessed Jose de Anchieta, SJ, Blessed Marie de l'Incarnation 
and Blessed Francois de Laval

I see Pope Francis has decided to canonise three new Saints next month, bringing the number of those enrolled in the canon of Saints in that month to five.  While Blessed John Paul II and Blessed John XXIII will be canonised in a public Mass, the other three will be canonised in a simple ceremony in which the Pope will sign the decrees of canonisation.

The three new candidates are Blessed Jose de Anchieta, a Jesuit missionary considered to be the Apostle of Brazil; Blessed Marie de l'Incarnation, an Ursuline nun who went as a missionary to Canada; and Blessed Francois de Laval, the first Bishop of Quebec.  As far as I see all three are being exempted from the requirement for a miracle.  All three had also been exempted from miracles for their beatifications in 1980. 

A Pope can exercise his  prerogative to beatify and canonise individuals without the need for a miracle.  So far in his pontificate, the Holy Father has canonised two Saints without miracles, St Angela of Foligno and another Jesuit, St Peter Favre.  Blessed John XXIII is also being canonised without an approved miracle. 

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