Pope canonizes first saints from Colombia, Mexico

Posted at 8:41 AM, May 12, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-12 08:41:46-04

(CNN) — Pope Francis canonized the first saints of his papacy — including the first ever honored from Colombia and Mexico — at a Mass on Sunday at St. Peter’s Square, according to the Vatican website.

Laura Montoya of Colombia and Maria Guadalupe Garcia Zavala of Mexico were made saints for their work as nuns in their home countries.

Pope Francis also canonized 800 Italian martyrs who refused to convert to Islam in the 15th century and were beheaded.

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