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Pope to lead consistory for Canonization of 15 Blesseds on July 1

Blessed Carlo Acutis

Pope Francis will preside over an Ordinary Public Consistory on July 1, where Cardinals in Rome are set to approve the canonization of 15 Blesseds, according to Vatican News.

Among those to be canonized are eight Franciscan friars and three lay Christians of the Maronite rite who were martyred on the evenings of July 9 and 10, 1860.

They were killed at the Franciscan convent in Syria during a Druze uprising against local Christians. Emanuele Ruiz and his companions, including brothers Francesco, Abdel-Mooti, and Raffaele Massabki, were beatified by Pope Pius XI nearly 100 years ago.

The July 1 ceremony will begin with the celebration of the liturgical hour of Terce. In addition to the martyrs, the causes of the three founders of religious orders, as well as that of 15-year-old Blessed Carlo Acutis, will also be considered.

Blessed Carlo Acutis, often hailed as the first millennial saint, was born in 1991. He was a devout Catholic known for his dedication to Eucharistic miracles and Marian apparitions, which he documented on a website he designed before he died in 2006.

Carlo died of leukemia, and his relics now lie in Assisi, the home of St. Francis, to whom Carlo was deeply devoted.

The three founders of religious orders include Father Giuseppe Allamano, Elena Guerra, and Marie-Léonie Paradis. Father Giuseppe Allamano, an Italian priest, established the Consolata Missionaries and the Consolata Missionary Sisters. He also served as the rector of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Consolation in Turin. Shortly after his death, Pope Pius XI instituted World Mission Day, inspired by Allamano’s idea for an annual day dedicated to missionaries.

Elena Guerra, also Italian, had a profound devotion to the Holy Spirit and founded the Oblates of the Holy Spirit. She was particularly concerned with the education of Chinese and African girls.

Marie-Léonie Paradis, born in 1840 in Canada, initially joined the Sisters of the Holy Cross before founding the Little Sisters of the Holy Family, an order dedicated to domestic needs in the field of education.

The upcoming consistory marks a significant moment for the Catholic Church as it continues to recognize and celebrate the lives of individuals who have shown exceptional devotion and service to their faith.


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