Friday, May 11, 2007
Pope Benedict XVI in Brazil: Day Three

Today, May 11, 2007, Pope Benedict XVI celebrated the Mass for the Canonization for Antonio of Saint Anne, commonly called Frei Galvão. He is the first native-born Brazilian to be canonized. Pope Benedict XVI's address at the Canonization can be read on the Zenit News Agency.

Born to a deeply religious family in 1739, Frei Galvão became a Franciscan priest. On June 11, 1762, he was ordained a priest and after meeting with Sister Helena Maria of the Holy Spirit, they formed a new foundation on February 2, 1774, Our Lady of the Conception of Divine Providence. It was a home for girls who wished to live a religious life but without taking vows. St. Galvão served as a preacher, porter, and confessor to the local laity. St. Frei Galvão also was appointed guardian of Saint Francis Friary in Sao Paulo in 1798 and founded the Saint Clare friary in Sorocaba, Sao Paulo in 1811. In 1822, St. Galvão died. Over 5,000 miracles have been attributed to his intercession.


AFP/Martin Bernetti

REUTERS/Sergio Moraes (BRAZIL)

AP Photo/Dado Galdieri

Photo/Dado Galdieri

AFP/Antonio Scorza

REUTERS/Osservatore Romano (BRAZIL)

AFP/Martin Bernetti

In the photo below, some relics from St. Frei Galvão are brought to the altar. On this occassion, the Universal Church celebrates the canonization of St. Frei Galvão. It is now declared that he is in Heaven. Let us pray the Te Deum in thanskgiving!

Following the Mass of Canonization, Pope Benedict XVI addressed 400 Brazilian bishops who gathered in the Cathedral of São Paulo to pray vespers. A copy of his address is avaliable on the Zenit News Agency. In the address, Pope Benedict XVI stated that evangelising, teaching the Faith and Christian morality, seeking out Catholics who have fallen away from the Church, promoting pastoral initiatives in favour of the poor, and defending marriage are all tasks facing the bishops.


AFP/Vincenzo Pinto

REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

AP Photo/Andre Penner

AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano

AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano


del_button May 12, 2007 at 2:36 AM
Anonymous said...

Wonderful pictures! thankyou

God bless

del_button May 12, 2007 at 8:39 AM
dadwithnoisykids said...

I started a new sidebar item on my blog called 'adopt a seminarian' and included your name on it.

We shall remember you in our prayers.

del_button May 12, 2007 at 9:12 AM
Matthew said...

Thank you!

del_button May 12, 2007 at 6:32 PM
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