Pope Francis declared two martyrs, four priests and a mystic nun saints of the Catholic church on Sunday, saying they all had a “generous and steadfast heart”.
Tapestry portraits of the seven saints, hung from the facade of St Peter’s Basilica, rippled in the breeze above the main square at the Vatican where Francis led the ceremony.
Assembled pilgrims applauded as he read out the names of the new saints, defined by the church as having been so holy in life they are now in Heaven and can intercede with God to perform miracles – two of which are needed to declare sainthood.
President Mauricio Macri of the pope’s native Argentina attended the ceremony, during which Francis elevated Argentine pastoral priest Jose Gabriel del Rosario Brochero.
Brochero, who rode a mule around a vast region of Cordoba province, preaching and building schools, churches and streets, “smelt of sheep”, the…
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