Cabrini canonization.

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      Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini (1850-1917), founder of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in 1880, was the first American citizen to be canonized. Cabrini established her order of nuns to honor Saint Frances Xavier, whose missionary work in the Far East inspired her own zeal to aid orphans in her native Italy. The wretched conditions of Italian immigrants in America prompted Pope Leo XIII to convince Cabrini that her vocation lay in America. From her arrival in 1889, Cabrini worked and traveled relentlessly in the United States and abroad to establish orphanages, schools, convents, and hospitals to serve Italian immigrants and children. In her lifetime, she founded sixty-seven institutions in the United States, South America, and Europe.