New Italian Saints

Giovanni-FarinaPope Francis conferred sainthood on four Italians, praising their “creative” commitment to helping the poor.

The Italian saints were Giovanni Antonio Farina, Bishop of Vicenza in the late 1800s; missionary Ludovico da Casoria, and fellow Franciscans Nicola da Longobardi and Amato Ronconi.

“They responded with extraordinary creativity to the commandment of love of God and neighbor,” Pope Francis told crowds in St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican. “Their preference for the smallest and poorest was the reflection and measure of their unconditional love of God.”

Applause rang out on when Francis said the Italian saints – who between them founded refuges for pilgrims, street urchins and the sick – could inspire citizens today. “May the example of the four Italian saints help the dear Italian people to rekindle the spirit of collaboration and harmony for the public good, and to look to the future with hope,” Francis said.

Pope Francis also granted sainthood to Carmelite nun Sister Eufrasia, who was sanctified with Kuriakose Elias Chavara, who founded the sisterhood she belonged to.

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