CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 13 October 2018

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Pope Benedict proclaims three new saints

VATICAN CITY (CNS): “These three new saints allowed themselves to be transformed by divine charity,” said Pope Benedict XVI at a canonisation Mass in St. Peter’s Square on October 23, World Mission Sunday. He said the lives of the three demonstrated that true faith is charity in action. 
“In different situations and with different gifts, they loved the Lord with all their heart and they loved their neighbour as themselves, in such a way as to become models for all believers,” he said. 
St. Guido Maria Conforti, an Italian who founded the Xaverian Foreign Missionary Society, dedicated to the sole purpose of evangelising non-Christians, sent missionaries to China in 1899 and travelled there himself in 1928 to visit the congregation’s communities. 
Plagued by ill health, he also served as a bishop in Italy for many years and established schools of Christian doctrine in all parishes in his diocese. 
St. Louis Guanella, was the Italian founder of the Servants of Charity, the Daughters of St. Mary of Providence and the Confraternity of St. Joseph. He came to Rome and founded an association of prayer for the dying. “It is impossible to stop as long as there are poor people to be helped,” he would tell his colleagues. In 1912, at the age of 70, he travelled to the United States of America to work among Italian immigrants there. 
St. Bonifacia Rodriguez Castro, a cordmaker in Salamanca, Spain, gathered working women for spiritual encounters in her house-shop. They became the congregation known as the Servants of St. Joseph, dedicated to providing religious and technical education to poor women and protecting them in the workplace. They did not wear habits and worked side by side with laywomen in the shop—practices that aroused the resentment of the local clergy. Opposed by the bishop, she was removed as superior of the community and left Salamanca in humiliation; she started a new foundation in the city of Zamora, where she was welcomed by the bishop. It was only in 1941 that she was recognised as the founder of her congregation......

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