RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Sister Dulce, the first woman born in Brazil to become a saint, will be canonized on October 13th, 2019 at a celebration hosted by Pope Francis in the Vatican in Rome.

The information was released on Monday, July 1st, in a press conference held in Rome, the Vatican, and in the Bem-Aventurada Dulce dos Pobres Sanctuary in Salvador.

Born as Maria Rita de Souza Brito Lopes Pontes in 1914, she was known to Brazilian Catholics as simply Sister Dulce, the mother of the poor.

At an early age, Pontes would open her family's modest . . .

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