October 21, 2013

Pope Francis declared the Italian medieval mystic, Blessed Angela of Foligno, a saint, foregoing the usual process of canonization and without formally recognizing a second miracle.

The pope also advanced the sainthood causes of seven men and women, including a Canadian founder of a religious order for women.

Pope Francis recognized the heroic virtues of Marie Elizabeth Turgeon, founder of the Congregation of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary.

She was born in Beaumont, Que., in 1840, and died in Rimouski, Que., in 1881.