Pope to Canonize 3 in October

VATICAN CITY, FEB 21, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI presided at an ordinary public consistory that approved the Oct. 23 canonization of three blessed — two Italians and one Spaniard.

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Blessed Guido Maria Conforti (1865-1931) founded the Society of St. Francis Xavier for Foreign Missions (also known as the Xaverian missionaries).  John Paul II beatified him on March 17, 1995.

Don Luigi Guanella (1842-1915) was a priest who founded two congregations: the Servants of Charity and the Institute of the Daughters of St. Mary of Providence. Pope Paul VI beatified him on Oct. 25, 1964.

Blessed Bonifacia Rodríguez de Castro (1837-1905) is a nun from Salamanca, Spain, who founded the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, and created the “Nazareth workshop” to help poor or unemployed women.

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