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Pope canonizes Argentina's 'gaucho priest' and 6 others

  • A woman holds up a portrait of Argentine priest Giuseppe Gabriele Del Rosario Brochero as from left, the tapestries of seven new saints, Giuseppe Gabriele Del Rosario Brochero, Ludovico Pavoni, Jose Sanchez Del Rio, Salomone Leclerc, Manuel Gonzalez Garcia, Alfonso Maria Fusco and Elisabetta Della Santissima Trinita' Catez, hang from the facade of St, Peter's Basilica prior to the start of a Canonization Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    A woman holds up a portrait of Argentine priest Giuseppe Gabriele Del Rosario Brochero as from left, the tapestries of seven new saints, Giuseppe Gabriele Del Rosario Brochero, Ludovico Pavoni, Jose Sanchez Del Rio, Salomone Leclerc, Manuel Gonzalez Garcia, Alfonso Maria Fusco and Elisabetta Della Santissima Trinita' Catez, hang from the facade of St, Peter's Basilica prior to the start of a Canonization Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)  (The Associated Press)

  • From left, the tapestries of new saints, Giuseppe Sanchez Del Rio, Salomone Leclerc, Manuel Gonzalez Garcia, Alfonso Maria Fusco and Elisabetta Della Santissima Trinita' Catez, hang from the facade of St, Peter's Basilica prior to the start of a Canonization Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    From left, the tapestries of new saints, Giuseppe Sanchez Del Rio, Salomone Leclerc, Manuel Gonzalez Garcia, Alfonso Maria Fusco and Elisabetta Della Santissima Trinita' Catez, hang from the facade of St, Peter's Basilica prior to the start of a Canonization Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE- In this Sunday, May 17, 2015 file photo, Pope Francis arrives to celebrate a canonization ceremony of four new saints in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. Pope Francis this weekend, Oct. 15-16, 2016, will canonize Jose Gabriel del Rosario Brochero, Argentina's "gaucho priest," the poncho-wearing, mate-sipping pastor who rode his mule Malacara to the far-flung peripheries of Argentina to minister to the poor. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)

    FILE- In this Sunday, May 17, 2015 file photo, Pope Francis arrives to celebrate a canonization ceremony of four new saints in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. Pope Francis this weekend, Oct. 15-16, 2016, will canonize Jose Gabriel del Rosario Brochero, Argentina's "gaucho priest," the poncho-wearing, mate-sipping pastor who rode his mule Malacara to the far-flung peripheries of Argentina to minister to the poor. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)  (The Associated Press)

Pope Francis has canonized Argentina's "gaucho priest," the poncho-wearing, mate-sipping pastor who rode his mule Malacara to the far-flung Argentine peripheries to minister to the poor.

The pope canonized Jose Gabriel del Rosario Brochero on Sunday along with six others in one of the final big Masses of his Holy Year of Mercy.

Born in 1849 in the province of Cordoba, Brochero was one of the most famous Catholics in the Argentina of Francis' youth. He died in 1914 after living for years with leprosy that he was said to have contracted from one of his faithful.

Francis, history's first Argentine pope, moved Brochero closer to sainthood soon after being elected pope in 2013.