A Search for Faith, Family, and Miracles
by Justin Calanoso

Newly named saints

VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI named five new saints April 26, including Portugal‘s 14th century independence leader and a priest who ministered to factory workers at the dawn of the industrial era. Speaking in a packed St. Peter’s Square, Benedict praised each of the five as a model for the faithful, saying their lives and works were as relevant today as when they were alive. Full story here.

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2 Responses to “Newly named saints”

  1. paloma mansfield Says:

    Hi, Justin. I wrote you last year after reading your book. I felt like connecting again and I see that your wife is a singer. How wonderful to have such a talent. A big baccio to her from me. And you report also about the new saints. In September I read some weeks ago, among others, Rafael Arnaiz, a young Cartoussian monk who is Blessed now, will be “promoted”. He was a first cousin to my first cousins Baron and he was truly a beautiful person. I never met him but heard so much about him that it means a great deal to me. I thought I would share this tidbit , the Communion of Saints, you know,…. A Church Holiday that I enjoy very much is the 1st of October, All Saints Day. All of the anonymous God-loving people are remembered, honored and prayed to. They lived virtuous lives wherever they were. That’s is so beautiful.
    Affectionately, your friend from California, Paloma Mansfield

  2. justin Says:

    Hello Paloma,

    So nice to hear from you again, and hear about your own connection to an actual saint. It is a very rare thing, so I hope you are enjoying this new knowledge. Yes, I am very fortunate to have such a talented (and lovely) wife. She is very good at what she does.

    As you say, there are many, many saints who have not been recognized by the church. That doesn’t make their life of service any less valuable or worthy of reverence. Oct. 1 is a great day to remember them.

    I hope you saw on the blog that the paperback version of my book will be out soon. I hope you will tell your friends and family!

    All the best, Justin Catanoso

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