May 11: canonization of the first Brazilian-born Saint

Source: FSSPX News


Before 800,000 faithful gathered at the “Campo de Marte” in São Paulo, he declared that “it was necessary to oppose those elements of the media that ridicule the sanctity of marriage and virginity before marriage.” Loudly applauded, Benedict XVI stated that “the world needs transparent lives, clear souls, pure minds that refuse to be perceived as mere objects of pleasure.”

Before 2,000 priests and more than 400 bishops, Benedict XVI praised the first Brazilian-born saint, considering in him “an ardent adorer of the Eucharist,” “a prudent and wise guide of souls,” as well as “a man with a great devotion to the Immaculate Conception of Mary.” He also noted “his willingness to be of service to the people” and his “immense charity” which prompted him to welcome “the poor and the sick in body and spirit.” The pope took advantage of this Mass to emphasize that “pastoral initiatives for the building up of society, if directed towards the good of the poor and the sick, bear within themselves the divine seal.”

Basing himself also on the devotion of the new saint to the Sacrament of the Eucharist, the pope expressed the desire that Christians may “come to know the faith of the Church through her ordained ministers, through the exemplary manner in which they carry out the prescribed rites.”

The pope wished to greet “with affection” the Franciscan family to which Brother Gavão belonged, and especially the Conceptionist Sisters who “spread the spirituality and the charism of the first Brazilian to be raised to the glory of the altars.”

“Be sure of this: the Pope loves you, and he loves you because Jesus Christ loves you,” Benedict XVI also said to the faithful. Several of them had spent the night on the “Campo de Marte” waiting for the pope’s Mass. Some had to be taken to hospital, because they were suffering from hypothermia due to the cold in São Paulo.