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Pope Francis canonizes two Indians, among others

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 01:24

Pope Francis makes two Indians and four Italians saints, saying ''their preference for the smallest and poorest'' was a sign of their devotion to God. Gavino Garay reports.

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It's a holy day in Saint Peter's Basilica for Italians and Indians alike. Pope Francis lifts two Indians and four Italians into sainthood during a canonization ceremony, saying their work for the poor is a sign of their devotion to God. (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) POPE FRANCIS SAYING: "They dedicated themselves, without holding back, to serving the least and assisting the destitute, sick, elderly and pilgrims. Their preference for the smallest and poorest was the reflection and measure of their unconditional love of God." Indians in the Kerala region pray for the mystic nun and Indian priest now made saints. Nuns in India say this is a great day not just for India. (SOUNDBITE) (English) A NUN, MARGARET, SAYING: "Blessed Chavara and Blessed Euphrasia are declared saints. It is the day of days, of glory, of gratefulness and in a way for us of great humility." The process of a person being considered to sainthood isn't a short one, often taking decades. The person must have been deceased for at least five years and known to bring about miracles.

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Pope Francis canonizes two Indians, among others

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 01:24

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