Religion: A Saint for America

Six U.S. cardinals, 80 bishops, 700 priests, 1,300 nuns and thousands of other Americans on charter tours descended on Rome last week for a singular event in Catholic history. Over the centuries, their church had designated thousands of saints, including 22 from Uganda, 20 from Japan, and 40 from England, but never had a native-born citizen of the U.S. been canonized.* Now the church was to remedy that as Pope Paul VI infallibly proclaimed Mother Elizabeth Seton (TIME, Dec. 23) a saint who should be venerated "in the company of saints with pious...

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