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Pope Approves Nine Canonizations

March 13, 2001

VATICAN CITY (AP) _ Pope John Paul II approved nine men and women for sainthood on Tuesday, honoring their work in founding various religious orders.

The nine include Frances Sales Aviat, a 19th century French nun who founded the Congregation of the Oblate Sisters of Saint Francis de Sales, dedicated to helping young women pouring into the cities during the Industrial Revolution.

She and three others will be canonized Nov. 25, the Vatican said. The other five will be canonized June 10.

The Oblate Sisters established a community in Philadelphia. The city’s archbishop, Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, announced in December that the healing of a Philadelphia-area girl who was nearly paralyzed by a spinal disease when she was 14 was declared the second miracle attributed to Aviat’s intercession.

Since becoming pope in 1978, John Paul has raised 477 candidates to sainthood.

The others approved Tuesday:

_ Bishop Giuseppe Marello, founder the Congregation of the Oblates of Saint Joseph.

_ The Rev. Luigi Scrosoppi, founder of the Congregation of the Nuns of Providence of St. Gaetano of Thiene.

_ The Rev. Agostino Roscelli, founder of the Congregation of the Nuns of the Immaculate Conception of the Holy Virgin Mary.

_ Bernardo da Corleone, of the Minor Order of Capuchin Friars.

_ Sister Teresa Eustochio Verzeri, founder of the Institute of the Daughters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

_ Sister Paola Montal Fornes, founder of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary.

_ Sister Maria Crescentia Hoss, of the Third Order of St. Francis.

_ Sister Rebecca Pietra Ar-Rayes of Himlaya, of the Lebanese Maronite Antonine Order.

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