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CANONIZATION DATES SET FOR 12 CANDIDATES

VATICAN, Mar 7, 03 (CWNews.com) -- At a meeting of the ordinary consistory on March 7, Pope John Paul II and the cardinals present in Rome approved the canonization of 12 new saints, and set dates for the ceremonies.

An ordinary consistory-- a gathering of the Pope with the cardinals who are present in Rome-- is one step in the process for canonization. The consistory allows a formal conclusion for the cause, which has been previously approved by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. The March 7 meeting took place in the Clementine Hall of the Vatican.

Three dates were set for the canonization ceremonies. Five new Spanish saints will be canonized on May 4, during the Pope's trip to that country. The remaining canonization ceremonies were scheduled for two dates: May 18 and October 5.

Those to be canonized are:

Pedro Poveda Castroverde (1874- 1936), a Spanish priest and martyr, on May 4;

Maria Maravillas de Jesus(1891-1974)-- nee Pidal y Chico de Guzman-- a Carmelite nun; on May 4;

Jose Maria Rubio y Peralta (1864-1929), a Spanish Jesuit priest and martyr; on May 4.

Angela de la Cruz (1846- 1932)--- nee Maria de los Angeles Guerrero Gonzalez-- a Spanish nun and founder of the Sisters of the Company of the Cross; on May 4;

Genoveva Torres Morales(1870-1956), a Polish nun and founder of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and of the Holy Angels; on May 4;

Virginia Centurione Bracelli (1587-1651), a widow and founder of the Sisters of Our Lady of Refuge on Mt. Calvary; on May 18;

Jozef Sebastian Pelczar (1842-1924), a Polish bishop, founder of the Congregation of the Servants of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, on May 18;

Urszula Ledochowska (nee Julia Maria), a Polish nun and founder of the Ursuline Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Agony; on May 18;

Maria de Mattias, a Spanish nun and founder of the Congregation of the Sisters Adorers of the Blood of Christ; on May 18;

Daniele Comboni (1831-1881), an Italian bishop and founder of the order that bears his name: the Combonian missionaries; on October 5;

Arnold Janssen 1837-1909, a German priest and founder of three religious orders; on October 5; and

Joseph Freinademetz (1852-1909), an Italian priest, of the Society of the Divine Word; on October 5.

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