sun shone brightly in a perfectly clear blue sky as His Holiness,
Pope Benedict XVI presided over the canonization of four new saints
on Sunday, October 12, 2008. Among them was Gaetano Errico, Founder
of the Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts. It seemed so short a time,
six years actually, since Pope John Paul II had beatified 51.
The overflow crowd in 51. Peter's Square cheered joyously as Pope
Benedict spoke of St. Gaetano as a man dedicated to lifting up the
poor, the abandoned and the spiritually afflicted. Speaking of 51.
Gaetano, Pope Benedict said, "The street and the confessional were
the privileged places of pastoral action for this new saint. How
many wounds of the soul did he heal in this way!" But it was his
example of compassion and caring for "neighbor" that was often
mentioned by those attesting to his sanctity. It is a message for
today, as the world struggles with division among countries,
ideologies and people. The Missionaries around the world offer
heartfelt thanksgiving to Almighty God for this blessing on their
beloved Founder and their congregation.
Banner of the new Saint Gaetano adorns
of St. Peter's on
Crowds fill St. Peter's Square for the canonization of four new
St. Gaetano Errico.
A relic of the St. Gaetano are presented during the Liturgy on the
steps of the Vatican. The relics were carried by the family of the
child born through the miraculous intercession of St. Gaetano.
Pope Benedict greets the faithful attending the canonization.