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Tucson honors two Jesuits

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

At Tucson's St. Augustine Cathedral, Bishop Gerald Kicanas said a special mass of Thanksgiving in honor of Pope Francis, and honored another Jesuit.

The bishop said the pope will be a leader who will be face-to-face with people, and who will remind us to walk with the poor. Pope Francis is the first Jesuit priest to become pope.

A part of the mass was dedicated to another Jesuit: Father Kino, the man who founded the missions at San Xavier, Tumacacori and several others. This was the 302nd anniversary of his death.

Some members of the congregation are working to have Father Kino canonized, or be made a saint.

"He is a man that represents this region," Kino Heritage Society Rosie Garcia said. "He was the one that evangelized the Pimeria Alta and he was a peacemaker, and I think that's what we need right now." 

Because Father Kino and Pope Francis are both Jesuits, the Kino Heritage Society is hoping the pope will help it in its efforts.

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