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Pope Schedules Five Canonizations for May-June

Feb. 23, 2007 (CWNews.com) - Pope Benedict XVI has approved the schedule for canonization of five new saints in May and June.

At a February 23 ordinary consistory-- a meeting of the cardinals present in Rome-- the Holy Father approved plans for the canonization of:

Blessed George Preca, a Maltese priest, Blessed Szymon of Lipnica, a Polish Franciscan priest, Blessed Charles of St. Andrew (Johannes Andreas Houben in secular life), a Dutch Passionist priest, Antonio de Santa Ana (Antonio Galvao de Fanca in secular life), a Brazilian Franciscan priest, and Marie Eugenie de Jesus (Anne-Marie Eugenie Milleret de Brou in secular life), the French foundress of the Sisters of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Pope Benedict will preside at the canonization of Blessed Antonio de Santa Ana on May 11, during his visit to Brazil. He will canonize the others during ceremonies to be held at the Vatican on June 3.

Since the start of his pontificate, Benedict XVI has indicated that he will not ordinarily preside at beatifications, leaving other prelates to lead those ceremonies, and allowing many beatifications to take place outside Rome in the candidate’s native region. However the Pope continues to preside at canonization ceremonies, to emphasize the solemnity of the declaration in which the Church declares a new saint.

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