Religion: Furor over Forty

Furor over Forty Few Vatican announcements in recent years—apart from Pope Paul's birth control encyclical—have caused such a worldwide stir as the abrupt downgrading of more than 200 saints in 1969. Among the popular figures dropped from the universal liturgical calendar were St. Christopher, St. Nicholas (the original Santa Claus) and England's patron St. George. Now English Roman Catholics are about to recapture some of their lost ground: Pope Paul VI is planning to canonize 40 Roman Catholic martyrs who were condemned to agonizing deaths on the orders of Anglican rulers in the 16th and 17th centuries....

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