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Friday 19 September 2014

Pope Francis to canonise B. Joseph Vaz of the Oratory

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The Holy See has announced that  Pope Francis will canonise Blessed Joseph Vaz of the Oratory during the Holy Father's visit to Sri Lanka this coming January.

Joseph Vaz was a priest of the Congregation of the Oratory in Goa, before going to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) as a missionary.  He is known as the "Apostle of Sri Lanka".

For a biography of Blessed Joseph click here:

http://www.oxfordoratory.org.uk/bl-joseph-vaz.php 

O God, who granted your Church to shed light throughout the lands of Asia through the ministry and example of your priest, Blessed Joseph, look upon your people, who were instructed by him with the Word of God, and nourished with the heavenly Sacrament, and grant that through his intercession our faith may flourish more and more, and we be made faithful witnesses to your Gospel. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.