A push is underway to canonize Father KinoPosted: Updated:
TUCSON, Ariz. -- You see his name all over Tucson. A major street, a school, even a baseball stadium, all named after Father Eusebio Kino.
Now, three centuries since his death, the faithful are pushing to make him a saint.
Beautiful music made its way out the windows at San Xavier Del Bac. Everything is in pristine condition for a holy visit from Rome.
Archbishop Luigi Bressan of Trent, Italy was in town to celebrate the life of Father Kino, on the 300th anniversary of his death.
"Very emotional for me. Impressed to be here and the opportunity to pray in this church," said Archbishop Luigi Bressan.
It's all part of a push to canonize Kino.
"I know its a long process, but he is very worthy. But we hope he will be beatified very soon," said Rosie Garcia of the Kino Heritage Society.
The goal is to make him live forever among Catholicism's most revered figures. And its not out of the realm of possibility.
"Certainly such an outstanding personality will certainly recognized by the holy see by the pope...And we hope and pray that this individual will be successful," said Archbishop Bressan.
Hundreds flock to San Xavier on a daily basis, to admire its beauty, but also to remember the man who founded the mission.
"I think there's a lot we can learn form him," said Bressan.
Like the ability to bring people all types of people together.
"I think its something that we need right now during this tumultuous time in Arizona," said Garcia.
In the meantime, Kino admirers will do all they can to keep his memory alive.
Many hoped Kino would be canonized by this anniversary of his death, but the process has taken longer than expected.