Today in History
September 14, 1975
Pope Paul VI canonizes Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821)—founder of the Sisters of Charity, the first American-based Catholic sisterhood, and a teacher considered by many to have had a hand in starting Catholic parochial education in the Unites States—in Saint Peter's Square. The canonization is held outdoors because of the numbers of faithful who want to attend—more than 100,000 gather to hear the declaration. She is the first person born in America to be recognized by the Roman Catholic Church as a saint (the first American to be canonized was Frances Xavier Cabrini, a naturalized citizen born in Italy).
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In northeastern Romania, 450-year-old paintings on the exterior of monasteries and churches-now open again for worship-tell vivid tales of saints and prophets, heaven and hell
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