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Pope Francis will celebrate Holy Mass with Canonizations, October 14 in magnificent St Peter’s Square in Vatican City. To be canonized in this historic event are Pope Paul VI together with Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero and five other saints.

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  • EWTN’s Preview Special

    Saturday, October 13, 6:00pm ET

  • Holy Mass with Canonizations

    Sunday, October 14, 4:00am & 12:00pm ET

Masters of Prayer

Pope St. Paul VI (1897-1978)

Pope from 1963-1978, Paul VI guided the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) to its conclusion and then led the Church during the truly turbulent time of the late 1960s and 1970s. He issued the encyclical Humanae Vitae in 1968 that reaffirmed the Church’s teaching on contraception spoke out forcefully on the dignity of the human being in the face of the sexual revolution and atheism. His pontificate was noted for its then unprecedented travels, including a 1964 pilgrimage to the Holy Land and a 1965 visit to the United States.

Archbishop Óscar Romero (1917-1980)

The Archbishop of San Salvador, El Salvador, from 1977 until his martyrdom, Romero was not a supporter of liberation theology, but he was an outspoken opponent of the political strife and injustice in his country. Ordained a priest in 1942, he studied in Rome and served for many years as a parish priest, auxiliary bishop of San Salvador, and bishop Bishop of Santiago de María. He was murdered on March 24, 1980 while saying Mass, and his assassins were never brought to justice.

Father Vincenzo Romano (1751-1831)

A beloved parish priest, Romano served almost his entire priestly life in the area around Naples, Italy. Ordained a priest in 1775, he spent many years at the Church of Santa Croce in his home town of Torre del Greco, where he was given the name of “The Worker Priest” because of inexhaustible labors on behalf of his flock, especially the poor. He famously helped rebuild Torre del Greco after an eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 1794 destroyed most of the town.

Sister Nazaria Ignacia de Santa Teresa de Jesús March Mesa (1889-1943)

A native of Madrid, Spain, Nazaria Ignacia was called to the religious life at the age of nine and joined the Congregation of the Little Sisters of the Abandoned Elderly at the age of 19 in Mexico. She was sent to Bolivia, where she spent twelve years caring for the elderly. Sr. Nazaria later founded the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Pontifical Crusade to proclaim the Gospel and promote human dignity. Her labors took her to Spain, Uruguay, and Argentina, where she died.

Father Francesco Spinelli (1853-1913)

A diocesan priest, Spinelli was born in Milan, Italy, and ordained a priest in 1875. Moved by his love of the Eucharist, he helped establish the Congregation of the Sacramentine Sisters of Bergamo with Saint Geltrude Comensoli that was devoted to the Eucharist and Eucharistic Adoration. He later founded the Sisters Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament in Cremona, Italy. Today, houses of the Sisters Adorers are found in South America and Africa. Spinelli died in Rivolta d’Adda, near Cremona.

Sister Maria Katharina Kasper (1820-1898)

A native of Dernbach, Germany, Kasper felt a call to the religious life, but her family’s unfortunate economic circumstances prevented it for many years. Finally, in 1851, she was able to establish the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ to care for the poor, sick, and children. The Sisters arrived in the United States in 1868 and settled in Indiana. Eventually, the congregation opened houses in the United States, Europe, Mexico, India, Brazil, Kenya, and Nigeria. Kasper died at Dernbach.

Nunzio Sulprizio (1817-1836)

Nunzio Sulprizio died at the age of 19, but his life was filled with extraordinary suffering. After family tragedies, he was raised by a physically abusive uncle whose beatings left him with a crippled left leg. Eventually rescued by another uncle, he moved to Naples where he was stricken by bone cancer and had his leg amputated. Called “our little lame saint,” he was a beloved figure in Naples for his joy and love for the poor and sick. He died after immense suffering and offered it all with patience and love for Christ.