The CatholicTV Network to air the Canonization of Martyrs and Confessors of the Faith
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WATERTOWN, MA (October 16, 2012) On Sunday, October 21, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI will celebrate the Mass of the Canonization for seven new saints. The CatholicTV Network will air the Canonization of Martyrs and Confessors of the Faith at Noon and 8PM ET.
Pope Benedict XVI will canonize seven saints including two Americans: Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American saint, and Blessed Mother Marianne Cope, who spent the last 30 years of her life ministering to the sick on the Hawaiian island of Molokai.
Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, of Algonquin and Mohawk descent, is also known as the "Lily of the Mohawks." A smallpox epidemic left her eyesight impaired and her face scarred for life. Despite the anger of her relatives, Kateri was drawn to the faith by the teachings of missionary priests. She ran away to Montreal, Canada, where she practiced her faith with freedom.
Blessed Marianne Cope joined the Sisters of Saint Francis in Syracuse, New York, in 1862.She became a leader in the field of healthcare, often caring for those considered "outcasts," which then led her to volunteer in the Hawaiian island of Molokai where she took care of the lepers and the poor.
Also celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI will be:
Jesuit Father Jacques Berthieu, who was born in Polminhac, France, and was martyred June 8, 1896, in Ambiatibe, Madagascar; Peter Calungsod, a lay catechist born in Cebu, Philippines, and martyred April 2, 1672, in Guam; Father Giovanni Battista Piamarta, an Italian priest and founder of the Congregation of the Holy Family of Nazareth for men and the Humble Servants of the Lord for women; Carmen Salles y Barangueras, the Spanish founder of the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception; and Anna Schaffer, a lay German woman who wanted to be a missionary, but could not because of a succession of physical accidents and diseases. Her grave has been a pilgrimage site since her death in 1925.
As many as 4,000 pilgrims from at least 15 dioceses and archdioceses around the nation are expected to attend the canonization events.
The canonization Mass will be aired October 21, at Noon and 8PM ET on CatholicTV and www.CatholicTV.com.
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Founded in 1955, CatholicTV Network is a national broadcast television network streaming a live feed 24 hours a day at CatholicTV.com. Heeding Pope Benedict XVI's call to greater utilize the power of television and new media, the CatholicTV Network features its cable TV station, Catholic web site, mobile apps and widget. Celebrate Mass online; pray The Rosary; enjoy programs on prayer, the saints, the Scriptures and the Catholic Church on America's Catholic Television Network.
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