Pilgrims rejoicing at the canonization

Indian Catholic pilgrims celebrate Mother Mariam Thresia Mankidiyan's canonization. Christianity is the third-most practised religion in Kerala (the province where Mother Mariam founded th eCongregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family), accounting for 18% of the population according to the Indian census.

The Brazilian flag reflects this country's enthusiasm at its newest saint

Sister Dulce Lopes Pontes, the first Brazilian woman saint, started caring for the poor in her convent's chicken yard in Salvador de Bahia. Today, more than 3,000 people arrive on a daily basis at the Santo Antônio Hospital, built on the very same site the chicken yard once stood, to receive free medical treatment

Beautiful day at St. Peter's Square

More than 50,000 people attended the canonization ceremony, waving flags and holding images of the beloved new five saints of the Catholic church around Bernini's Columnata, in Saint Peter's Square.

Pope Francis looks delighted at this celebration of the Church

During his pontificate, which started in 2013, Pope Francis has already canonized more than 800 saints!

Pilgrims gathered under an open blue sky

Clergy, religious, and lay people gathered together under a clear blue sky while Pope Francis canonizesdEnglish Cardinal John Henry Newman, Italian Giuseppina Vannini, Indian Maria Teresa Chiramel Mankidiyan, Brazilian Dulce Lopes Pontes, and Swiss Margarita Bays In Saint Peter's square at the Vatican.

From India and England

The Indian faithful celebrate both their newly canonized compatriot, as much as Cardinal Newman, the first Anglican to become a Catholic priest and cardinal, who also became the first English person to be made a saint in almost 50 years.

The five new saints of the Catholic Church

Delicate, beautiful tapestries of the five new saints of the Catholic church hang from the façade of Saint Peter: one man and four women saints!

The youth, always in the first row.

According to the 2011 census, Christianity is India's third-largest religion after Hinduism and Islam, with approximately 28 million followers, constituting a minority of just 2.3% of India's total population.

A true celebration of catholicity.

With pilgrims from all over the globe, and saints from five different countries, this canonization showed the true diversity, universality, and unity of the Catholic church.