Religion: Five Saints in One Act

Five banners waved in the procession that streamed across St. Peter's Square in Rome; in the giant frame that hung from the balcony of the basilica were pictures of three men, a woman and a boy. In a single ceremony last week, Pope Pius XII gave the Roman Catholic Church five new saints:

PIERRE Louis MARIE CHANEL (1803-41), a French missionary who was sent to the South Sea island of Futuna in the Tonga archipelago, where he was axed to death after three years, at the age of 38. Though he had achieved no marked success in converting the natives, the...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!