Nearly 80,000 people, including thousands of Americans packed St. Peter's square to watch Pope Paul?
Nearly 80,000 people, including thousands of Americans packed St. Peter's square to watch Pope Paul VI proclaim Bishop John Neumann as the first American Male saint. Speaking in Latin, the Pope will declare " we perceive and define blessed John Neumann to be a saint and add him to the calender of saints".
Bishop John Neumann, who emigrated from Bohemia to America in 1836 won a reputation as a modest but hard working member of the Redemptorist religious order and as a Bishop of Philadelphia he founded the American Church school system.
To achieve sainthood, the congregation of the causes of the saints recognized 3 miracles which the saint granted and it concluded that the saint had saved the lives of three people. Two of them, James Lenahan of Philadelphia, who suffered a cracked skull in a car crash and an Italian, cured of diffused peritonitis, will be present during the ceremony, Top Catholics from the USA will take part, including Cardinal John Krol of Philadelphia, Terence Cook of New York and Archbishop Vincent Leonard of Pittsburgh. They represent places where the saint spent his life. Another leading Catholic, who will help the pope celebrate the ceremony, is Rev. Tantisek Tomasek , apostolie administrator of Prague, whose area covers the birthplace of the saint.
Two rome choirs plus a 70 member collegiate choir from Philadelphia's Cathedral of St Peter and Paul, will sing during the ceremony, Americans in the ceremony will follow tradition and offer the pope symbolic presents - a suit of clothing to represent Neumann's concern for the poor, a ricebowl to repress the world's hungry and a model of "Bishop Neumann high school " and some medicines.
Bishop Neumann is the second American to be proclaimed saint. the first, was Mother Elizabeth Anne Seton.