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Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 7.54 GMT
His Holiness Pope approves canonization for Sri Lanka's first saint


His Holiness Pope Francis yesterday approved the canonization for Sri Lanka's first saint Blessed Joseph Vaz, a 17th-century missionary.

His Holiness approved the votes in favor of the Ordinary Session of the Cardinals and Bishops about the canonization of Blessed Joseph Vaz.

The Pope has finally decided to convene soon a consistory for the canonization of the priest, the Vatican said.

Rev. Vaz, Priest of the Oratory of St. Philip Blacks, founder of the Oratory of the Holy Cross of Miracles in the City of Goa, was born in Benaulin in India on April 21, 1651 and died in Kandy in Sri Lanka on January 16, 1711.

Upon his landing in Jaffna in 1686 he found that a strong Calvinistic propaganda was going on in the island, and the Catholic religion was proscribed and under persecution.

In 1995, His Holiness Pope John Paul II beatified Joseph Vaz in Colombo.

His Holiness Pope Francis is expected to canonize the Rev. Vaz during his January visit to Sri Lanka.






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