Seven New Saints

Benjamin Being Catholic

Today the Pope canonized seven saints whose lives span the globe:

Jacques Berthieu (1838-1896) A French Jesuit priest and missionary who was martyred by rebels when he refused to abandon the Catholic faith.

Pedro Calungsod (1655-1672) a young Filipino layman and catechist who was helping with the evangelization of the Chamorros people in Guam. He and a priest had come to a village to baptize a baby girl when the father and another villager, filled with rage, killed Pedro with a spear and then killed the priest. Both their bodies were thrown into the ocean.

Giovanni Battista Piamarta (1841-1913) an Italian priest from Brescia in northern Italy who ministered to the workers of the industrial revolution and founded two religious institutes.

Maria Carmen Salles y Barangueras (1848-1911) a Spanish sister who founded the Congregación de Concepcionistas Misioneras de la Enseñanza (Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception).

Marianne Cope (1838-1918), born in Germany, she immigrated to the United States and at 14 years old she entered the Franciscan Sisters of Syracuse. She founded and administered two hospitals in New York. As superior general, she agreed to send sisters to serve in Hawaii and went there with six sisters, but decided to stay and ultimately care for the lepers after Fr. Damiam of Molokai died. A story of her remarkable life, with pictures, was published on CNN.

Anna Schäffer (1882-1925) a German lay woman who lived a life of prayer and suffering.

Kateri Tekakwitha (1656-1680) was born in what is now New York State, as the daughter of a pagan Iroquois father and a Christian Algonquin. Her parents and her brother died from smallpox when she was 4 years old, and her face was scarred by the disease. She was raised by her uncle (a Mohawk Iroquois) and baptized when she was 20 years old. Her faith and her determination to consecrate her virginity to Christ caused persecution, and so she moved close to Montreal to a Christian Indian village, where she died at 24 years old.

Her canonization today makes St. Kateri the first Native North American saint; St. Juan Diego, who was canonized in 2002, was the first saint from the native peoples of the Americas. Her picture in this article was the one used for her biography in the Mass booklet at the canonization. +