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Pope canonises first New World martyrs, calls Amazon synod for 2019

Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 01:07

Pope Francis makes 35 people Roman Catholic saints at the Vatican and used the occasion to announce that he will call a high level meeting of clergy in the Pan-Amazon region in two year's time. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Pope Francis canonised 35 new Roman Catholic saints on Sunday (October 15), including three indigenous children martyred in 16th century Mexico and considered the first Christians killed for their faith in the New World. Francis used the occasion to announce that he had decided to call a meeting of bishops, or synod, from countries in the Pan-Amazon region for October, 2019, to discuss the condition of the Church in the area and the plight of indigenous people. The region includes Guyana, Suriname, French Guyana, Venezuela, Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia, Peru and Brazil. The three children the pope canonised before a crowd of tens of thousands in St. Peter's Square were of the Talaxcaltec people, an indigenous pre-Colombian group in what is now Mexico. The pope also canonised 30 martyrs who were killed for their faith in Brazil in 1645. They included two Portuguese missionaries and 28 followers killed by Dutch colonial soldiers during a period of persecution of Catholics. Francis also canonised Father Faustino Miguez, a Spanish priest who lived in the 19th and 20th centuries, and Father Angelo d'Acri, an Italian itinerant preacher who died in 1739 after serving in some of the most remote areas of mountainous southern Italy.

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Pope canonises first New World martyrs, calls Amazon synod for 2019

Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 01:07