Saints Rafael, Filippo, Rosa, and Théodore!!
Last Sunday, I had the privilege of going to the canonization Mass for four new saints: St. Rafael Guízar Valencia, St. Filippo Smaldone, St. Rosa Venerini, and St. Théodore Guérin. It was amazing to see how many people had come from all over the world for this Mass. One really neat thing was that probably a quarter of those attending the Mass were deaf, because St. Filippo Smaldone founded an order who's apostolate is to work with the deaf here in Italy. For example, when we were waiting in line to get through security, the line was very quiet, because everyone was signing to each other instead of talking. It was quite a sight. Here are some pictures:
Waiting in line to get in.
Tags: Rome, Pope Benedict XVI, canonization, catholic, Rafael Guizar Valencia, Filippo Smaldone, Rosa Venerini, Theodore Guerin