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Pope Names 3 New Saints, Man Disrupts Mass

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Three 19th-century founders of religious orders are canonized

Pope Benedict XVI

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Benedict XVI has canonized three new
saints for the Catholic Church during a Mass in St. Peter's Square
that was disrupted by a man who climbed up to the colonnade
surrounding the square and burned a book.

Vatican gendarmes, a bishop and the pope's own bodyguard eventually talked the man down from the upper reaches of the
colonnade after he shouted, "Pope, where is Christ?"

Benedict appeared unfazed by the disruption.

It came toward the end of a two-hour Mass Sunday to canonize
three 19th-century founders of religious orders: Italian bishop
Guido Maria Conforti, Spanish nun Sister Bonifacia Rodriguez de
Castro and Italian priest Luigi Guanella.

On hand in the crowd was William Glisson Jr., an American whose
cure from a 2002 head injury was declared the miracle needed to
canonize Guanella.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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