Sunday, October 21, 2012

Canonization of Saints Kateri and Marianne

Ad honorem Sanctæ et Individuæ Trinitatis, ad exaltationem fidei catholicæ et vitæ christianæ incrementum, auctoritate Domini nostri Iesu Christi, beatorum Apostolorum Petri et Pauli ac Nostra, matura deliberatione præhabita et divina ope sæpius implorata, ac de plurimorum Fratrum Nostrorum consilio, Beatos Iacobum Berthieu, Petrum Calungsod, Ioannem Baptistam Piamarta, Mariam a Monte Carmelo Sallés y Barangueras, Mariam Annam Cope, Catharinam Tekakwitha et Annam Schäffer Sanctos esse decernimus et definimus, ac Sanctorum Catalogo adscribimus, statuentes eos in universa Ecclesia inter Sanctos pia devotione recoli debere. In nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti.

For the honor of the Blessed Trinity, the exaltation of the Catholic faith and the increase of the Christian life, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, and of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and our own, after due deliberation and frequent prayer for divine assistance, and having sought the counsel of many of our brother Bishops, we declare and define Blessed Jacques Berthieu, Pedro Calungsod, Giovanni Battista Piamarta, María Carmen Sallés y Barangueras, Marianne Cope, Kateri Tekakwitha and Anna Schäffer to be Saints and we enroll them among the Saints, decreeing that they are to be venerated as such by the whole Church. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

With these words, Pope Benedict XVI canonized five new Saints, among them two from North America: Saint Kateri Tekakwitha and Mother Marianne Cope.  Piazza San Pietro was full of people from all over the world, a wonderful testament to the universality of the Catholic faith.

You were prayed for throughout the Mass, beloved brothers, that God might raise up saints among you, good priests and good followers of Christ, our Lord and Savior!

The crowd filled the Piazza.  This is the "Capella Papale" where Cardinals, Bishops and Priests sat "in choro."
Father Eric Bennett and Msgr. James Moroney accompanied His Eminence to the Canonization.