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The reason that this Holy Father has broken all the records of his predecessors in canonizing and beatifying so many priests, religious, and laity, he explained, is that he wants to put before Catholics model evangelizers, individuals who overcame tremendous obstacles, physical ailments, and often persecution, to catechize individuals who excelled in promoting "simple devotions," especially devotion to the passion of Christ, His Sacred Heart, and His Real Presence.
Beatifying five Italians and a Belgian in a ceremony in St Peter's Square he raised to 938 the number of faithful to whom he has accorded that honour.
Some have also complained of a "discrepancy" in beatifying the "authoritarian" Pius IX alongside the "Good Pope," John XXIII.