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Thursday, 18 September 2014 - 8:30
Pope approves Joseph Vaz as Lanka's first saint
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Reports from the Vatican said Pope Francis has approved Blessed Joseph Vaz as Sri Lanka’s first saint.

Reports said that the Pope had bent Vatican rules to bypass confirmation of a miracle in order to approve Blessed Joseph Vaz as a saint.

Pope Francis will now canonize Joseph Vaz, a 17th century missionary, during his visit to Sri Lanka in January.
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