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ASSOCIATED PRESS A faithful held a statue of Pedro Calungsod before today’s canonization ceremony led by Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. The pontiff canonized seven people — Mother Marianne Cope, Kateri Tekakwitha, Carmen Salles y Baranqueras, Pedro Calungsod, Jacques Berthieu, Giovanni Battista Piamarta and Anna Shaeffer.
ASSOCIATED PRESS Pope Benedict XVI led the ceremony. He said Mother Marianne Cope “willingly embraced a call to care for the lepers of Hawaii after many others had refused.”
ASSOCIATED PRESS Thousands attended the canonization ceremony today in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.