Canonized! 7 Saints • 70,000 People
“JESUS IS RADICAL. HE GIVES ALL AND HE ASKS ALL: HE GIVES A LOVE THAT IS TOTAL AND ASKS FOR AN UNDIVIDED HEART.”
POPE FRANCIS IN HIS HOMILY, DURING THE CANONIZATION OF 7 NEW SAINTS
14 October • Vatican City
Under the Roman sun & deep blue skies, Pope Francis canonized Pope Paul VI, Archbishop Oscar Romero, and 5 other Blesseds; urging us to follow their courages example of putting “today’s word into practice without lukewarmness, without calculation, and with the passion to risk everything and to leave it all behind.”
Paul VI & Romero- two of the most profound figures of the 20th century- were not only formative on Pope Francis’ priesthood during Argentina’s struggles, but continue to be a parallel to his papacy.
Each sought to “seek justice, correct oppression, defend the fatherless, and plead for the widow” (Is 1:17); seeking a Church- along with Francis- that is poor and for the poor.
St. Pope Paul VI’s encyclical, “Populorum Progressio, on the Development of Nations,” remains one of the most crucial Church documents of our time; rendering evermore pressing to the needs of society’s throwaway culture. Moreover, St. Oscar Romero remains a vital figure in the life of Salvadorans, continuing to struggle with gang violence.
Thus, these canonizations offer us a marvelous opportunity to rise, go forth, and hope in the spirit of the Church’s newest saints! As Pope Francis reminded us during his homily, “dear brothers and sisters, our heart is like a magnet: it lets itself be attracted by love, but it can cling to one master only and it must choose: either it will love God or it will love the world’s treasure (cf. Mt 6:24); either it will live for love or it will live for itself (cf. Mk 8:35). Let us ask ourselves where we are in our story of love with God. Let us ask for the grace always to leave things behind for love of the Lord: to leave behind wealth, leave behind the yearning for status and power, leave behind structures that are no longer adequate for proclaiming the Gospel, those weights that slow down our mission, the strings that tie us to the world.”
Congratulations, St. Pope Paul VI, St. Oscar Romero, St. Vincenzo Romano, St. Maria Caterina Kasper, St. Nazaria Ignazia di Santa Teresa di Gesù, and St. Nunzio Sulprizio!