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EUR: Pope to canonise 10 new saints

22 Feb 2009 2:38 AM

VATICAN CITY, Feb 21 AFP - Pope Benedict XVI announced on Saturday the creation of 10 new saints in the coming year, the Vatican said.

It said five -- four Italian and one Portuguese -- will be canonised, or established as saints, on April 26, with another five to follow on October 11.

Among the first group are Father Arcangelo Tadini (1846-1912), Sister Caterina Volpicelli (1839-1894), theologian Bernardo Tolomei (1272-1348) and Gertrude Caterina Comensoli, (1847-1903), all Italian.

The fifth is Carmelite monk Nuno de Santa Maria Alvares Pereira (1360-1431) of Portugal.

In the second group is Jeanne Jugan (1792-1879) of France who founded the order of the Little Sisters of the Poor.

Alongside her will be Polish archbishop Zygmunt Szczesny Felinski (1822-1895), two Spanish monks - a Dominican, Francisco Coll y Guitart (1812-1875) and a Trappist, Rafael Arnaiz Baron (1911-1938) - and Jozef Damian de Veuster (1840-1889) of Belgium.