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Charles de Foucauld, six others slated for canonization in May (CNA)

The Vatican has announced the canonization of seven people, including Blessed Charles de Foucauld, to take place on May 15, 2022.

The canonization ceremonies will be the first held since October 2019, as the Covid lockdown halted the process of honoring new saints.

Charles de Foucauld was a French soldier who, after a conversion experience, became a Trappist monk and died as a solitary missionary in Algeria in 1916.

Devasahayam Pillai, an Indian lay martyr and Hindu convert, will be canonized in the same ceremony; he will be the first lay Catholic from India to be canonized.

Also to be canonized are five founders of religious orders: two women religious, Maria Francesca di Gesu and Maria Domenica Mantovani, and three priests, Cesar de Bus, Luigi Maria Palazzolo, and Giustino Maria Russolillo.

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