San Antonio Celebrates Bishop's Canonization

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The San Antonio relatives of a Mexican bishop who fled to Texas in the 1920s are celebrating his canonization as a Catholic saint.

Pope Benedict the 16th Sunday canonized former Bishop Rafael Guizar y Valencia.

Saint Rafael was born in 1878 and served as bishop of Xalapa-Veracruz from 1919 until his death in 1938. He is the first Latin American bishop to be canonized.

Saint Rafael was known for selling his belongings to help the needy.

He lived in Texas from 1927 to 1929 after the Veracruz governor threatened to execute him. Saint Rafael first stayed in Castroville, and then lived at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Austin.

Archbishop Jose Gomez and Archbishop Emeritus Patrick Flores celebrated a Mass Sunday for about 40 San Antonio relatives who couldn't travel to Rome. Hundreds of other congregants also attended.


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