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Path to sainthood for ancestor of British royals

A 19th century English Catholic priest, a distant relative of Britain’s Prince William, is on the path to sainthood. Pope Francis has approved a decree recognising the “heroic virtues” of George Spencer, a son of the 2nd Earl of Spencer and a priest of the Passionist religious order who lived from 1799 to 1864. Spencer, converted from Anglicanism to Catholicism in ... Read More »

Sister from Eileen O’Connor’s order ‘nudged’ Church to advance her cause for sainthood

Eileen O'Connor and Theresa McLaughlin

THE former congregational leader for Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor possibly “nudged” the Holy See to consider her foundress, Sydney woman Eileen O’Connor, as Australia’s next saint. Miss O’Connor, who founded Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor, or the Brown Nurses, in 1913, was given formal recognition as a candidate for sainthood after receiving the title of Servant of ... Read More »

Mary Aikenhead servant of the poor

Mary Aikenhead

MARY Aikenhead formed the Sisters of Charity in Dublin, Ireland, in 1815, with the special mission of serving the poor, at a time of widespread famine and growing unemployment. Known as the walking nuns, they were the first to take their work beyond the cloistered convent directly to the streets, helping the poorest and most neglected people in their homes. ... Read More »

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