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Brazil: Thousands of Catholics celebrate canonisation of first Brazilian-born female saint

1 21.10.2019 Инфо

M/S People arriving to Fonte Nova Arena, Salvador
C/U Dolls in the image of Sister Dulce Lopes Pontes
W/S People at event
W/S Picture of Sister Dulce Lopes Pontes on stage
W/S People singing
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W/S Dancers performing on stage
M/S Woman dressed as Sister Dulce Lopes Pontes
SOT, Mario Leal, event attendee (Portuguese): "I believe that for Bahia [Brazilian state] and the world the charity of Irma Dulce is important and her disposition and will to go onto the streets. We all see her path to help others. It is basically love."
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SOT, Wellica Barbose de Assis, event attendee (Portuguese): "I asked sister Dulce for help when my son was born. My faithful saint. Before she was considered by the church to be a saint, she already made miracles in my life."
C/U Rosary beads
M/S Man wearing Sister Dulce Lopes Pontes regalia
W/S People gathered at event
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W/S People singing
SOT, Maria Fernanda, event attendee (Portuguese): "She opens our heart and gives us the will to be a saint and to say that religious life is wonderful and it is worthwhile to follow God."
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M/S People praying
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M/S Man on crutches wearing t-shirt depicting Sister Dulce Lopes Pontes
M/S People cheering at event
W/S Crowd in front of Sister Dulce Lopes Pontes image
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Thousands of Catholic faithful celebrated the Vatican's canonisation of the nation's first Brazilian born female saint Sister Dulce Lopes Pontes at a mass ceremony in Salvador's Fonte Nova Arena on Sunday.
Devotees braved the hot and humid weather to show their appreciation for the so-called "mother of the poor".
Reflecting the views of many, Wellica Barbose de Assis said Dulce was a saint before the Vatican recognised her two miracles - the hurdle to becoming a new saint.
"I asked sister Dulce for help when my son was born. My faithful saint. Before she was considered by the church to be a saint, she already made miracles in my life," she said.
Sister Dulce Lopes Pontes was born in 1914 in Salvador and lived to the age of 77. During her lifetime she devoted herself to helping the city's poor and in 1988 she was nominated by for the Nobel Peace Prize. She was officially canonised by the Vatican on October 13.