March 13, 2000
volume 11, no. 51
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List Includes Katharine Drexel and Faustina Kowalska

    VATICAN CITY, MAR 10 ( A great number of Chinese and Mexican martyrs, a Mexican priest, and 3 women religious will be all proclaimed saints during the Jubilee of the Year 2000. This was announced by John Paul II this morning at a public ordinary Consistory held in the Vatican Apostolic Palace at 11:30 a.m.

    Archbishop Jose Saraiva Martins, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, described the figures of the new saints, requesting the Holy Father's assent to their canonization. The Pontiff made his decision immediately after hearing the opinion of the Cardinals, establishing the dates for the respective ceremonies.

    Chinese Martyrs Augustine Tchao, priest, and 119 other martyrs (among whom are bishops, priests, religious and laymen), martyrs of Chinese communism, and of persecutions of past centuries (who died between the 17th and 20th centuries) will be canonized on October 1. They are not the first saints of the Church in China, however. On June 2, 1996, John Paul II proclaimed the sanctity of Jean-Gabriel Perboyre, who took on Chinese nationality and the name Tong Weng Siao, and was tortured and killed in 1840. On that occasion, the Holy Father said he hoped to be able to canonize other Chinese Blessed.

Mexican Martyrs

    Next on the list is Fr. Cristobal Magallanes, Mexican parish priest who, together with 21 other priests and 3 laymen, was martyred in Mexico between 1915 and 1937. They will be canonized on May 21, a time of great rejoicing for Mexicans, as they will be celebrating their Jubilee in Rome that day.

    Along with the above, another Mexican will be canonized: Fr. Jose Maria de Yermo y Parres, founder of the Servants of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Poor, who rescued prostitutes. He died in 1904.

Three Exceptional Women

    On October 1, Spaniard Maria Josefa del Corazón de Jesús Sancho Guerra, who died in 1912 and founded the Congregation of the Servants of Jesus to assist abandoned patients, and Katharine Drexel, who dedicated her life (1858-1955) to the spiritual and human development of Indian and colored people in the United States (see article ZE00022301), will be canonized.

    The most immediate canonization, however, will be that of Sister Faustina Kowalska, whom the Pope will proclaim a saint on April 30. (See full article below.)

    With their canonization, the cult of the new saints is extended worldwide. In this solemn act, the papal charism of infallibility is exercized. This is not the case with beatifications, which only allow local cult, within the country, region, or religious order in which the Blessed lived and worked. ZE00031009


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