The Catholic Church gained two new saints on Sunday, October 9, 2022, as Pope Francis canonized St. Artemide Zatti and St. Giovanni Battista Scalabrini.
The two saints were both born in Italy in the 19th century and ministered to others amid the massive emigration of hundreds of thousands of Italians each year at the turn of the 20th century.
Scalabrini is known for founding a missionary order that ministered to immigrants, while Zatti was himself an immigrant, leaving Italy for Argentina with his family in 1897 at the age of 16.
The Pope said that the canonization made him think of the many suffering migrants today, mentioning refugees from Ukraine and immigrants who attempt to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe.
This content is from the bulletin of October 16, 2022.