Pope praises Calungsod, 6 other saints for ‘heroic courage’


Posted at Oct 21 2012 04:22 PM | Updated as of Oct 22 2012 08:06 AM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - St. Pedro Calungsod is now the Philippines’ second saint.

Pope Benedict XVI named Calungsod and six others as new saints on Sunday during canonization rites at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.

He praised their "heroic courage" in a year when the Catholic Church is seeking to counter the rising tide of secularism in the West.

In his homily, the pope praised the new saints -- including the first Native American to be canonized, Kateri Tekakwitha (1656-1680) -- informally known as "Lily of the Mohawks" -- saying they "lived their lives in total consecration to God and in generous service to their brothers."

The others canonized are: St. Jacques Berthieu, a Jesuit missionary in Madagascar who was martyred; St. Giovanni Battista Piamarta, founder of the Congregation of the Holy Family of Nazareth; St. Maria Carmen Salles, founder of the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception; St. Marianne Cope, Sister of Saint Francis of Syracuse; and St. Anne Schaeffer, a German laywoman and mystic. – with Agence France Presse