Pope installs Brazil's first native saint

May 12, 2007|By LOS ANGELES TIMES

SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Pope Benedict XVI gave this enormous Roman Catholic country its first native-born saint yesterday, canonizing an 18th-century Franciscan monk credited with providing thousands of miracle cures.

The pope also used the occasion to remind followers to live like saints: "The world needs transparent lives, clear souls, pure minds that refuse to be perceived as mere objects of pleasure."

Thousands attended the ceremony to elevate Friar Antonio de Sant'Anna Galvao to sainthood. Galvao built a religious retreat for women. Brazilian believers swallow so-called Galvao pills, small pieces of paper inscribed with a prayer in Latin, to be healed of various ailments.

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