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Pope Francis and Cardinal-designate Marcello Semeraro of Albano are pictured in a 2019 file photo. Pope Francis advanced the sainthood causes of 127 Spanish martyrs, three Italian religious women, an Italian archbishop and three priests. The pope signed the decrees Nov. 23 during a meeting with Semeraro, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes. (CNS/Paul Haring)