This pope has canonized 55 saints ... meaning he's given us 55 specific models of holiness with specific messages.
After five new canonizations on October 13, Pope Francis has now given the Church 55 new saints by name (plus the 813 martyrs of Otranto!) throughout his pontificate.
Canonization is not merely a declaration that someone is in heaven — it is the Church’s way of saying: “This person should be a model for Catholics today.”
Why is Pope Francis proposing these as models? The best place is to look at his own words …
St. John Henry Newman
Universities, Be Faithful!
Francis once told a delegation from Notre Dame University in America that they need to focus on “the uncompromising witness of Catholic universities to the Church’s moral teaching … to uphold that teaching as authoritatively proclaimed by the magisterium of her pastors.”
Newman’s Idea of a University, which was prominently mentioned at his Beatification, was a precursor to the Church’s Constitution on Higher Education, Ex Corde Ecclesiae, whose 30th anniversary is next year.