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Two new Canadian saints declared: Queen's University experts

2014-04-02

Queen’s University experts Jacalyn Duffin and Robert Dennis are available to discuss the declaration of two Canadian saints: Marie de L’incarnation, an Ursuline nun, and Francois de Laval, the first Archbishop of Quebec City.

“The forthcoming canonization of two more French-born Canadians - Marie de L'Incarnation Guyart and Monsieur Laval - recognizes their historical virtues, but it also represents a departure from tradition,” says Dr. Duffin. “Pope Francis has dispensed with the need for a miracle after beatification, a direction favoured by some members of the Church.”

The declaration will take place without a full canonization ceremony.

“Not only is this declaration significant because these men and women lived in New France, but because their sainthood is the product of a scholarly look at their lives of holiness rather than the attribution of miracles," says Mr. Dennis.

Dr. Duffin also holds the Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (Humanities) and of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

Mr. Dennis is currently Vice-President of the Canadian Catholic Historical, as well as a PhD candidate Department of History and a lecturer in the School of Religion at Queen’s.

Please note that Dr. Duffin is not available for television.

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