Pope to Beatify 5 This Sunday

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VATICAN CITY, NOV. 3, 2003 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II plans to beatify five people, including three founders of religious congregations, this Sunday.

On the feast of the Dedication of the Patriarchal Basilica of St. John Lateran, the Pope will preside at a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica during which he will proclaim the beatifications, the Vatican press office announced today.

The five are:

-- Juan Nepomuceno Zegrí y Moreno (1831-1905), priest and founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy;

-- Valentin Paquay (1828-1905), priest of the Order of the Friars Minor;

-- Luigi Maria Monti (1825-1900), religious and founder of the Sons of the Immaculate Conception;

-- Bonifacia Rodríguez Castro (1837-1905), virgin and founder of the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of St. Joseph; and

-- Rosalie Rendu (1786-1856), virgin of the Society of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul.