MY COUSIN THE SAINT
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by Justin Calanoso

Posts Tagged ‘Easter’

April 4, 1963

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

Today is Easter, of course. It is also the anniversary of the death of Padre Gaetano Catanoso. He was 84 on this day in 1963, when he died in his own bed in Santo Spirito in Reggio Calabria. Some hours before his death, Monsignor Sorrentino of Reggio visited his mentor and spoke with him about Saint Francis of Paola, the last saint named from Calabria (in the early 1500s). The mother general of Padre Gaetano’s order of nuns mentioned to the monsignor that Calabria was in needs of new saints. Thus, the idea was lodged. Sorrentino launched the cause for canonization in 1980 under Pope John Paul II. The canonization, led by Pope Benedict XVI, took place Oct. 23, 2005.

Homeless struggle to cope in Abruzzo

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

The Times reports: L’AQUILA, Italy — Italy’s Civil Protection Agency continued setting up tents to house the homeless in and around L’Aquila on Wednesday after another night of fear as aftershocks continued to jolt this crumbling city. The death toll of the powerful earthquake that jolted L’Aquila on Monday rose to 251, officials said , and Pope Benedict XVI said he would visit the stricken area as soon as possible after Easter Sunday.

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