1. PONTIFF

    Pope Names 7 New Saints

    Pope Benedict XVI delivers his blessing as he leaves at the end of a canonization ceremony he celebrated in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012. The pontiff canonized seven people, Kateri Tekakwitha, Maria del Carmen, Pedro Calungsod, Jacques Berthieu, Giovanni Battista Piamarta, Mother Marianne Cope, and Anna Shaeffer. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

    Andrew Medichini / AP Photo

    Two new American saints, including the first Native American from the U.S. to be canonized, were named by the pope Sunday. Kateri Tekakwitha and Mother Marianne Cope, along with five others, were entered into the Roman Catholic Church’s roll of saints—all of them from areas of the world where enthusiasm for the faith is on the decline. Prayers were read in Mohawk in celebrations Sunday, and Native Americans in traditional dress played drums and sang songs during a dawn gathering in St. Peter’s Square.

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