On October 13, 2019, during Mass in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis will canonize five new saints: an English intellectual, a pioneer in charitable healthcare in Brazil, the Italian founder of a religious order, a simple Swiss seamstress, and an Indian mystic.
Salt + Light Media will be providing coverage of this event, including a broadcast of the Canonization Mass.
Keep reading to learn more about these five remarkable people and their journey to sainthood.
But What Is a Canonization?
A canonization is a statement by the Church that a person who has lived a holy life is now with God in heaven. While it’s often mistakenly expressed that the Church “creates” or “makes” saints, the reality is that a person’s holiness speaks for itself. Through the process of beatification and canonization, the Church is merely offering a definitive and formal recognition of the sanctity of a faithful person who has died. The term “canonization” refers to the notion that with this formal recognition a person’s name should be placed within the “canon” of the saints, the list of all who are universally venerated by the Church. Acclaimed as holy and admirable examples of the faith, these saints may be invoked in the official prayers of the Church, churches may be built in their honour, a feast day is set aside in their memory, and they may be designated as special patrons. All those who are canonized are united to the Church as powerful intercessors, and we ask, therefore, for their prayers and those of the whole communion of saints.