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Tuesday, February 26, 2002


VATICAN CITY, FEB 26, 2002 (VIS) - At 11:00 a.m. this morning, during the celebration of sext, the sixth hour, in the Clementine Hall of the apostolic palace, John Paul II presided at an ordinary public consistory for the canonization of the following Blesseds:

Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer, priest, founder of the Priestly Society of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei; Alonso de Orozco, priest of the Order of St. Augustine; Ignazio da Santhia (Lorenzo Maurizio Belvisotti), priest of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchins; Pio da Pietrelcina (Francesco Forgione), priest of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchins; Pedro de San Jose de Betancur, religious of the Third Order of St. Francis, founder of the Bethlemite Brothers and the Bethlemite Sisters; Umile da Bisignano (Luca Antonio Pirozzo), religious of the Order of Friars Minor; Paulina do Coracao Agonizante de Jesus (Amabile Visintainer), virgin, founder of the Congregation of the Little Sisters of the Immaculate Conception; Benedetta Cambiagio Frassinello, religious, founder of the Institute of Benedictine Sisters of Providence; Juan Diego Cuauhlatoatzin, layman.

The Holy Father made known the dates of the canonizations:

May 19: Alonso de Orozco; Ignazio da Santhia (Lorenzo Maurizio Belvisotti); Umile da Bisignano (Luca Antonio Pirozzo); Paulina do Coracao Agonizante de Jesus (Amabile Visintainer); Benedetta Cambiagio Frassinello.

June 16: Pio da Pietrelcina (Francesco Forgione).

July 30: Juan Diego Cuauhlatoatzin.

July 31: Pedro de San Jose de Betancur.

October 6: Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer.

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