VATICAN CITY, October 18, 2010 (CNS)  – Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed six new saints Oct. 17, including the “Miracle Man of Montreal,” calling them “shining examples” of holiness and the power of prayer.

Canadians cheered the canonization of Blessed André Bessette, 1845-1937, a doorman known for his devotional practices and his healing touch, which led to him becoming known as the Miracle Man of Montreal.

The Pope said St. Bessette “showed boundless charity and did everything to soothe the despair of those who confided in him.” Although he had little instruction, he “understood what was essential to the faith” and had an intense prayer life, the Pope said.
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Statement from Prime Minister Stephen Harper:

OTTAWA, October 17, 2010 – Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement to recognize the canonization of Blessed André, born Alfred Bessette:

“Today Brother André was formally declared a Saint by Pope Benedict XVI in Vatican City.

“Brother André’s canonization affirms the significant devotion he showed during his lifetime to helping the sick, destitute and all those in need.

“Through the moving ceremonies we witnessed at St. Peter’s Square today, the Roman Catholic Church is recognizing a great Canadian, who from humble beginnings reached the Church’s highest reverence through his humility and dedication to serving others.

“His devotion to St. Joseph, the patron saint of Canada, led to the construction of the magnificent Saint Joseph’s Oratory on Mount Royal.

“Brother André’s canonization is an important inspiration to us all, and the Oratory will continue to serve as a central landmark of spiritual strength and faith for Quebecers and all Canadians.”