With Pope Francis presiding, cardinals this week voted to approve the canonizations of seven men and women. The vote is the last step in the process and allows a date to be set for a Mass of canonization.
The gathering at the Ordinary Public Consistory in the Vatican, this week, featured
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opened with the praying of Terce, or mid-morning prayer, from the Liturgy of the Hours.
Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, presented summaries of the lives of the seven men and women to the pope and the cardinals.
In a break with custom, the Vatican did not announce the date or location of the canonizations on Monday. It did not give a reason for the omission, but it is likely due to the difficulty of organizing events amid the pandemic.
Vatican News said that the seven candidates would be “raised to the altars in the coming weeks and months, according to a schedule to be set at a later time.”
The most prominent figure among the seven is Charles de Foucauld, the French missionary killed in Algeria in 1916. He was a soldier, explorer, Catholic revert, priest, hermit, and religious brother, who served among the Tuareg people in the Sahara desert in Algeria.
The consistory also voted on the canonization of Devasahayam Pillai, a layman from India who was martyred after converting from Hinduism to Catholicism in the 18th century.
Pillai, who is also known by his baptismal name of Lazarus, was beatified in 2012 in southern India. He will be the first lay Catholic in India to be declared a saint.
Other canonization causes voted on were those of Bl. Maria Francesca of Jesus (née Anna Maria Rubatto), foundress of the Capuchin Tertiary Sisters of Loano, and Bl. Maria Domenica Mantovani, co-foundress and first general superior of the Institute of the Little Sisters of the Holy Family.
The cardinals also voted on the canonizations of three priests who founded religious congregations and institutes: Bl. César de Bus, Bl. Luigi Maria Palazzolo, and Bl. Giustino Maria Russolillo.