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Vatican Announces Canonization and Beatification Details

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It was announced February 21 that Pope Benedict XVI will create three new saints this year, including the founder of the Xaverian Missionaries, Blessed Guido Maria Conforti. The canonization ceremony will take place October 23. The Vatican has also issued a warning to individuals planning to attend the beatification of Pope John Paul II on May 1. It noted that unscrupulous people were offering to sell tickets to the beatification. In announcing the schedule of events for the ceremony, the Vatican said there is no charge to attend. Those stories and others, including a report on the recent visit of Russian President Medvedev to the Vatican, are available on the CNS Video report available on the Diocesan website.