The Catholic Church will decide next week
whether to canonize two Latin American nuns and the 15th century
inhabitants of a southern Italian town who were killed by Ottoman
conquerors, the Vatican said Monday.
A consistory of Cardinals, presided by Pope Benedict XVI, will vote on the matter on February 11, a statement said. Those nominated for canonization are almost always approved by the consistory.
The candidates for sainthood are: Antonio Primaldo and other martyrs from the city of Otranto who chose death over conversion to Islam after an Ottoman invasion; Colombian-born Maria Laura de Jesus Montoya Upegui, founder of a missionary order in 1914; and Maria Guadalupe Garcia Zavala, who co-founded a Mexican nursing congregation in 1901.
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