Pope to Canonize 5 in Spain

MADRID, Spain, FEB. 14, 2003 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II will make a "lightning visit" to Spain in May to canonize five people and possibly meet with a big gathering of young people.

"It will be a brief trip for obvious reasons of the Pope's health," Auxiliary Bishop Juan José Asenjo of Toledo said Thursday. Bishop Asenjo is secretary and spokesman of the Spanish episcopal conference and a coordinator of the papal trip.

On the afternoon of May 3, John Paul II will meet with young people, the bishop said.

"If 100,000 Spaniards went to the Tor Vergata World Youth Day three years ago, we don't think it is risky to believe that on this occasion at least 200,000 will go from the whole of Spain," he said.

On May 4, he added, "the Mass of canonization of five Spanish blessed will take place: Madre Maravillas de Jesús, Mother Genevieve Torres, Father José María Rubio, Sister Angela of the Cross, and Father Pedro Poveda."

14. februar 2003

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