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There's a saint for nearly everyone in the audience

Michael Kelly

Published 20/09/2015 | 02:30

A couple on a scooter ride past a poster in a street in Havana welcoming Pope Francis, who visits Cuba today
A couple on a scooter ride past a poster in a street in Havana welcoming Pope Francis, who visits Cuba today

The Pope arrives in Cuba today as part of a trip that will also see him travel to the United States to canonise Junipero Serra, an 18th Century Spanish missionary who brought Catholicism to California's Native Americans.

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This week too, it was announced that the canonisation of Irish Carmelite nun Brigid Teresa McCrory is to be set in train. The Tyrone native became a pioneer in the care of the elderly in the US in the 1920s, and her motto was "nobody dies alone", surely as pressing a concern today in end-of-life care as it was when she began her ministry.

Starting with the papacy of John Paul II, canonisations and beatifications have become more popular in the Church than perhaps at any time since the Middle Ages.

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