On April 24, Pope Francis was the co-celebrant in a mass at Romeís St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish where Jose de Anchieta was canonized. St. Jose de Anchieta founded several Brazilian cities, including Sao Paulo. He was born in Spainís Canary Islands in 1534 and studied at the Jesuit College at Coimbra in Portugal. He joined the Society of Jesus in 1550 and arrived in Brazil three years later.

He built hospitals and educational institutions, with a primary focus on helping to teach and defend indigenous Brazilians, and served as the Jesuit superior in Brazil for 10 years. He died June 9, 1597. Also recognized as saints were Francois de Laval and Marie of the Incarnation.

Attending the event was Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Gaspar Vega who was accompanied by his wife. During the event, Hon. Vega had the opportunity to meet with the pope and shared a few words with him.

The Guardian