Pope Benedict XVI creates five new saints

Pope Benedict XVIRome - Pope Benedict XVI has canonized five new saints - including the heroic 14th century Portuguese General Nuno de Santa Maria Alvares Pereira. Thousands of Portuguese faithful travelled to Rome to hear the pontiff's announcement at St Peter's Square on the military man turned friar and four others Sunday.

During the ceremony, Benedict renewed his appeal for a just society and solidary in the struggle against economic inequality affecting the better part of the world.

The latest canonization also included Italy's Arcangelo Tadini (1846-1912), who founded the Benedictine order of Monte Oliveto, the 14th century monk, Bernhard Tolomei
(1272-1348) and nuns Gertrude Comensoli (1847-1903) and Caterina Volpicelli (1839-1894). (dpa)