Tapestry depicting seven new saints are seen hanging from Saint Peter's Basilica before the start of a canonization mass led by Pope Francis at the Vatican October 16, 2016. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
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Pope Francis was due Sunday to proclaim seven new saints, including Argentina's "gaucho priest" who served as an inspiration for the pontiff, and two people who died for their faith.The youngest of the new saints will be Jose Sanchez del R?o, a 14-year-old who was killed in 1928 in Mexico after refusing to renounce his faith during the "Cristero" struggle between Catholics and the anti-clerical Mexican government.A gifted pianist, Elizabeth reportedly refused several offers of marriage to join the Barefoot Carmelites near her house and undertake a life of contemplation where she dedicated herself to prayer and spiritual writings.She will be joined by Italian Alfonso Maria Fusco, a priest from the southern city of Salerno, who was born to a farmer in 1839 and went on to found the "Congregation of the Sisters of St. John the Baptist", known as Baptistine Sisters.Fellow Italian Lodovico Pavoni from Brescia founded the religious congregation "Sons of Mary Immaculate" and taught the poor and downtrodden trades to help them put bread on the table and faith to help them enter heaven.
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