CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 13 October 2018

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Teenager to be declared a saint during Synod on Youth

VATICAN (CNS): During an ordinary public consistory July 19, Pope Francis added Italian teenager, Blessed Nunzio Sulprizio, to the list of people who will be formally recognised as saints on October 14. An ordinary public consistory is a meeting of the pope, cardinals and promoters of sainthood causes that formally ends the sainthood process.
 
He will be canonised together with Blessed Archbishop Oscar Romero and Blessed Pope Paul VI, along with Father Francesco Spinelli of Italy, founder of the Sisters Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament; Father Vincenzo Romano, who worked with the poor of Naples, Italy, until his death in 1831; Mother Catherine Kasper, the German founder of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ; and Nazaria Ignacia, the Spanish founder of the Congregation of the Missionary Crusaders of the Church.
 
Blessed Sulprizio was born April 13, 1817, in the Abruzzo region near Pescara. Both of his parents died when he was an infant and his maternal grandmother, who raised him, died when he was nine-years-old. 
 
An uncle took him under his guardianship and had the young boy work for him in his blacksmith shop. However, the work was too strenuous and he developed a problem in his leg, which became gangrenous.
 
A military colonel took care of Sulprizio, who was eventually hospitalised in Naples. The young teen faced tremendous pain with patience and serenity and offered up his sufferings to God.   
 
He died in Naples in 1836 at the age of 19. He was declared a blessed by Pope Paul in 1963.
 
The pope said, “Nunzio Sulprizio will tell you that the period of youth should not be considered the age of free passions, of inevitable falls, of invincible crises, of decadent pessimism, of harmful selfishness. Rather, he will rather tell you how being young is a grace.” 

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