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Pope Names Four New Saints, Including First Indian Woman

Thousands of people appeared in St. Peter’s Square yesterday to watch as Pope Benedict XVI gave the Roman Church four new saints, one of who was of particular importance to Indian Catholics. Sister Alphonsa of the Immaculate Conception, is the first Indian woman to achieve sainthood. Her nomination is seen as a comfort to those who have recently suffered at the hands of Hindu violence in India.

The three other saints are: Gaetano Errico, a Neapolitan priest who created an order of missionaries in the 19th century, Sister Maria Bernarda who dedicated her life as a nun in Ecuador and Colombia and Narcisa de Jesus Martillo Moran, another woman who aided the sick and poor in Ecuador. Mother Teresa was beatified in 2003, and though she's usually associated with India, she was Albanian.


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ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i always love learning more about this stuff so i really appreciate that you posted that catterpillar. i think that since i was raised in a religion that doesn't have saints to this extent, i didn't really know what the criteria was to be sainted - but i think that it's interesting what the process is. i have to say that it's going to make me look up more stuff online since i'd like to know more about what these women accomplished.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
WIKIPEDIA But I always always told two or more, more being better.
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
CaterpillarGirl, where did you get that info from? I feel like I always heard that you had to have three miracles, not two. A priest at my old church (who was really mean to my mother, something for which I still hold a grudge) has two "miracles," and we discussed one time that he only needed one more to be considered for sainthood. We could have been wrong, though. :)
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
FYI In the Roman Catholic tradition, a person that is seen as exceptionally holy can be declared a saint by a formal process, called canonization. This particular form of recognition formally allows the person so canonized to be listed in the official Litany of the Saints during Mass. Formal canonization is a lengthy process often taking many years, even centuries. The first step in this process is an investigation of the candidate's life, undertaken by an expert. After this, the report on the candidate is given to the bishop of the area and more studying is done. It is then sent to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome. If they approve it, then the person may be granted the title of "Venerable", further investigations may lead to the candidate's beatification and given title of "Blessed." At a minimum, two important miracles are required to be formally declared a saint. The Church, however, places special weight on those miracles or instances of intercession that happened after the individual died and which are seen to demonstrate the saint's continued special relationship with God after death. Finally, when all of this is done the pope canonises the saint.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
thats cool. I am glad they dont give quizzes on "whos who among saints" in church cause i would totally fail!
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