According to The Catholic Spirit, a report by John Thavis of the Catholic News Service; on October 17th, Pope Benedict XVI has proclaimed six new saints calling them “shining examples” of holiness and the power of prayer.
Among the crowd of pilgrims were thousands from Australia who applauded and waved their national flags upon hearing the announcement that they finally have a saint from their country. So who are these new saints?
St. Mary MacKillop, 1842-1909, who dedicated herself to the education of the poor in the harsh territory of the rural Australian outback, inspiring other women to join her in the country’s first community of religious women.
St. Andre Bessette, 1845-1937, a doorman known for his devotional practices and healing touch became known as the “Miracle Man of Montreal.” He was known for his boundless charity did everything to soothe and soothe the despair of those who confided in him.
St. Camilla Battista Varano, 1458-1524, was the illegitimate daughter of an Italian nobleman. She overcame her father’s objections for her to enter the convent of the Poor Clares. She was known for her mystical experiences during prayer.
St. Stanislaw Soltys, 1433-1489, he devoted his life to caring for the poor. A native of Krakow, Poland, he was a famed preacher and confessor who was known as the “Apostle of the Eucharist” and primarily tended to the sick and lonely.
St. Giulia Salzano, 1846-1929, founded the Catechetical Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. She started by teaching catechism to school children near Naples, Italy and went on to found the order which gave religious education to all ages.
St. Juana Cipitria Barriola, 1845-1912, was a native of Spain. She founded the Daughters of Jesus and ran a special school for domestics, because Sunday was their only day off. She was a champion of religious education for girls and young women.