Pope Francis to preside over June consistory for canonisations

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Pope Francis pictured in St Peter's Square on 8 June. Photo: CNS/Paul Haring
Pope Francis pictured in St Peter’s Square on 8 June. Photo: CNS/Paul Haring

Pope Francis will preside over a consistory to approve the canonisation of four men and one woman, including Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, a French Discalced Carmelite mystic and writer, the Vatican announced.

The 20 June consistory is also scheduled to approve the canonisations of Blesseds: Manuel Gonzalez Garcia, a Spanish bishop known for his devotion to eucharistic adoration; Guillaume-Nicolas-Louis Leclerq, a Christian Brother martyred during the September Massacres in Paris after refusing to swear allegiance to the new government following the French revolution; Lodovico Pavoni, the Italian founder of the Sons of Mary Immaculate, now commonly known as the Pavonians; and Alfonso Maria Fusco, an Italian priest who founded the Congregation of the Baptistine Sisters of the Nazarene, the Vatican said on 13 June.

The meeting of cardinals and promoters of the sainthood causes, also known as an “ordinary public consistory”, formally ends the process of approving a new saint.

Pope Francis earlier approved miracles attributed to the intercession of the sainthood candidates.