Pope Benedict XVI beatified the Catholic Church's three newest saints during a mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Sunday.
Italian bishop and missionary Monsignor Guido Maria Conforti, Spanish nun Sister Bonifacia Rodriguez de Castro and an Italian priest Rev. Luigi Guanella were blessed by the Pope and then officially put into the canon of saints.
In the papal tradition, Benedict XVI did not make any of the canonized individuals saints, but rather recognized them as saints who are in Heaven.
Who are the new Saints:
Saint Luigi Guanella was a Northern Italian priest who lived from 1842-1915. He devoted himself to the needs of the poor, and was the founder of two Catholic institutes, including Daughters of St Mary of Providence, and the Servants of Charity, which has the motto of In Omnibus Charitas or In all things love.
Guanella was beatified by Pope Paul VI in 1964, but couldn't be recognized as a saint until it was proven that he performed a miracle. That miracle happened in 2002, when a 21-year-old man from Philadelphia, Penn., suffered a horrific, coma-inducing inline skating accident.
Doctors performed two brain surgeries on William Glisson and removed the left, front, and right sides of his skull, but considered him a lost cause. However, a family friend who worked at the Guanella Center for the Handicapped gave Glisson two Guanella relics. The family prayed to Father Guanella, and kept a small piece of his bone next to Glisson.
Nine days later, Glisson came out of his coma.
You can't really make any sense but to call what happened to me a miracle, Glisson told The Philadelphia enquirer.
Glisson was invited to take part in the canonization on Sunday, and carried bread and wine up the steps of St. Peter's basilica during the mass.
Saint Bonifacia Rodriguez de Castro, 1837 - 1905, was a Spanish nun and the co-founder of the Congregation of the Servants of Saint Joseph. Named after Jesus' father, the holy laborer, her congregation gave impoverished women occupational training and support. The order is now in ten countries.
Bonifacia was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 2003, and canonized on Sunday.
Saint Guido Maria Conforti of Parma was born in 1865 and died in 1931. He was afflicted by epilepsy and sleepwalking and, as a result, was rejected by the Jesuit and Salesian orders.
He eventually became a bishop for the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary in Fontanellato, Italy. Then, after rising through the hierarchy of the Italian Church with the approval of Popes Pius X and Benedict XV, he founded the Missionary Union of the Clergy.
He was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1996, and is credited with healing 12-year-old Kamarizada Sabina of pancreatic cancer in Burundi in 1965.
Sunday Mass Disrupted
During the canonization on Sunday, a man burnishing a bible climbed the upper colonnade of in St. Peter's Square, where he shouted Pope, where is Christ? in English. He then burned the bible and threw it into the crowd, according to The Associated Press.
Vatican gendarmes, along with a bishop and one of the pope's bodyguards, apprehended the man and escorted him off the ledge.