Madagascar – Fr. Jacques Berthieu canonized

The celebration of the World Mission Sunday coincided in Rome, with the ceremony of canonization of seven new saints. While the formal ceremony took place in Rome, a huge crowd gathered on the hill of Ambiatibe, in Madagascar, where one of these new saints, our Jesuit companion Father Jacques Berthieu was put to death. The readings of the day, Pope Benedict XVI said in his homily, described “how to be evangelizers, to bear witness and to proclaim the Christian message.” The new saints, he said, “configured themselves to Christ and followed his very path”.