Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Saints and Beati

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Saints and Beati

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In anticipation of the fourth centenary of the death of St. Peter Canisius, which occurred on December 21, 1597, Pope John Paul II on September 19, 1997, sent a letter to the Bishops of Germany, recalling that Pope Leo XIII in his encyclical Militantis Ecclesiae, issued for the third centenary, had rightly honored Peter Canisius with the title of Second Apostle of Germany. The Jesuit was beatified by Pius IX in 1864 and canonized by Pius XI in 1925,when he was also declared a doctor of the Church. "Even when he devoted himself to political and organizational activities," wrote the Holy Father "preaching the truth remained the goal of his work, and catechesis and pastoral care the leitmotiv of his creative energy." The Pope admitted that "it is difficult to find in him particular originality or great intellectual depth, but asserted that Peter Canisius"consciously immersed himself in the flow of sacred Tradition" and "combined intellectual learning with holiness of life and-according to an ideal of his age marked by humanism and the Renaissance-with the refinement and elegance of the spoken word, so that soon after his death he was known as the Augustine' of his time.:

On October 12,1997, in St. Peter's Square Pope John Paul II beatified Elias del Socorro Nieves along with two other priests and two sisters. Born on the Island of San Pedro,Yuriria, Guanajuato, Mexico, on September 21,1882, into a modest but deeply religious peasant family and given the name Mateo Elias at baptism, Nieves became an Augustinian, took vows in 1911, and was ordained priest five years later. …

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