April 29, 2001
volume 12, no. 119

5 Beatifications Scheduled for Sunday

Includes first Puerto Rican ever

    VATICAN CITY, APR. 27, 2001 ( John Paul II will beatify five men and women this Sunday, including the first Puerto Rican.

    The five are

  • Bishop Manuel González García (1877-1940), founder of the Congregation of the Eucharistic Missionaries of Nazareth.
  • Maria Anna Blondin (1809-1890), virgin, founder of the Congregation of Religious of St. Anne.
  • Catherine Volpicelli (1839-1894), virgin, founder of the Servants of the Sacred Heart
  • Catherine Cittadini (1801-1857), virgin, founder of the Ursuline Religious of Somasca; and
  • Carlos Manuel Cecilio Rodríguez Santiago (1918-1963), layman and first Puerto Rican to be beatified.

        "In the new blessed, the Church recognizes and contemplates the work of the Holy Spirit, who modeled them after the risen Lord," a Vatican press statement said. "They obeyed God more than the world, and are an example of generous giving of themselves in service of brothers." ZE01042702

    April 29, 2001
    volume 12, no. 119
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