- Dec 5, 2019
Pope Francis advanced the sainthood causes of four men and four women, including Blessed Dulce Lopes Pontes, the “Mother Teresa” of Brazil.
As the sounds of music and applause echoed throughout the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, the Catholic Church in Mexico celebrated the first beatification of a laywoman in the country.
Known locally as the Martires Riojanos, the four martyrs of Argentina’s “Dirty War” are Bishop Enrique Angelelli, Fathers Carlos de Dios Murias and Gabriel Longueville, and layman Wenceslao Pedernera.
Italian Cardinal Giovanni Becciu provides contexts for Pope Benedict’s comments.