Pope creates two new medieval saints

Among the five new saints created recently by Pope Benedict were a 14th century Portuguese friar and an early 14th-century Sienese aristocrat. The saints were canonized in a ceremony at the Vatican.

Bernardo Tolomei was a 14th century Italian nobleman who founded the Roman Catholic Congregation of the Blessed Virgin of Monte Oliveto, and died of the plague, along with over 70 brother monks.

Nuno Alvares Pereira, the national hero of Portugal, was a warrior monk who helped secure the country's independence from Castile.