Pope adds 35 saints to church, nearly all martyrs

Pope Francis, background center, celebrates a canonization mass in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct.15, 2017. Francis canonized thirty martyrs, including priests and lay persons, suffered anti-Catholic persecution in 1645 at the hands of Dutch Calvinists in Brazil, while three children, indigenous persons in 16th-century Mexico, were martyred for embracing the Catholic faith and refusing to return to their ancient conditions. The other two new saints are a 20th-century priest from Spain and an Italian priest who died in 1739. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)


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