Sunday's Angelus on 23 October 2011, was marked by the 85th anniversary of World Mission Sunday. It was also a day when Benedict XVI declared three new saints. Among them are two Italians, Guido Maria Conforti and Luigi Guanella. Also included is Spanish nun Boniface Rodríguez. While remembering the role these new saints played in the Church, the pope spoke about brotherly love. Watch this video for more.
October 24th is the feast of St. Anthony Mary Claret, the founder of the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Watch this video to learn more about this Saint!
The Church celebrates the first memorial for Blessed Pope John Paul II on Saturday 22 October 2011. Visit this article to read a tribute to the beloved Pope.
Pope Benedict XVI has canonised three new saints at a ceremony in St. Peter’s Square in Rome, on Sunday 23 October 2011. “Let us be attracted by their examples, let us be guided by their teachings, so that our whole existence becomes a witness of authentic love for God and neighbor,” the Pope said to tens of thousands of enthusiastic pilgrims.
Guido Maria Conforti wanted to be a missionary but at first, this wasn't possible because he suffered from sleepwalking and epilepsy. However, he would not give up and in 1895 he founded the congregation Xaverian missionaries, dedicated to preparing missionaries. Archbishop Guido Maria Conforti was canonised by Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday, 23 October 2011.
Italian Luigi Guanella was a champion for the defence of life. Born in 1842, he founded two congregations dedicated to serving those who were disabled and abandoned by their families. Father Luigi Guanella was canonised by Pope benedict XVI on Sunday, 23 October 2011.
The Spanish nun Bonifacia Rodriguez is remembered for her fight to help poor women to learn a trade. Before becoming a nun, she was actually a rope maker. She went on to found her own religious order known as the Servants of St. Joseph, right in the local shop where she worked. Sister Bonifacia Rodriguez y Castro was canonised by Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday, 23 October 2011.
As we celebrate the feast day (18 October) of St. Luke, the Patron Saint of Doctors, let us reflect on the Gospel of Luke - which gives us the story of the Annunciation and the Birth of Jesus in the stable. Watch this video to learn more!
October 18th is the feast day of the Saint who wrote the Acts of the Apostles, as well as the Gospel that bears his name - St. Luke. Did you know that Luke was a former atheist? Watch this video to learn more about his conversion.
On 17 October, the Church celebrates the feast of the great Christian martyr, St. Ignatious of Antioch. Learn more about his heroic life in this video!
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