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Founder of the Scalabrinianis and lay Salesian to canonized October 9 in St. Peter's Square


Two new blesseds will be raised to the altar of saints on October 9. In St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis is set to canonize Blessed Giovanni Battista Scalabrini and Blessed Artemide Zatti.

Giovanni Battista Scalabrini, born in Italy in 1839, is known as the founder of the Missionaries of St. Charles or the Scalabrinianis. He is also known for his love of their missions in the Americas.

Artemide Zatti was born in 1880 in Italy. After his family moved to Argentina, he served as a lay Salesian and nurse in Patagonia.

During the consistory in August, Pope Francis approved the canonization request for these blesseds as well as the heroic virtues of seven Servants of God.

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