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Pope's canonization announcement surprises even Serra's promoters

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Surprising even the people who have been promoting the sainthood cause of Blessed Junipero Serra, Pope Francis announced Jan. 15 that in September, he hopes to canonize the 18th-century Spanish Franciscan who founded a string of missions across Mexico and California.


Pope proclaims Sri Lanka's first saint, right to religious freedom

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CNS) -- Canonizing Sri Lanka's first saint, who ministered to Catholics under persecution three centuries earlier, Pope Francis proclaimed what he called the "fundamental human right" of religious freedom.


Fort Worth pilgrims express joy at attending canonization of Popes John XXIII, John Paul II

Pat---Rome-Pic-BUTTON.jpgIn a historic moment in the 2,000 years of the Catholic Church Sunday, two popes were canonized by Pope Francis with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI looking on, as did more than a million faithful who packed not only St. Peter’s Square but the streets and plazas stretching back into central Rome.