An article in the Telegraph November 22nd '88 reported that the
pathway to canonization (a declaration by a pope that a person is now
in Heaven, and that public prayers may be made to them, for they in
turn will intercede for us), is being speeded up. Mother Drexel, a
former Boston heiress, who renounced her fortune, has now been
beatified, a mere 33 years after her death. The requirements for
sainthood, apart from an exemplary life, is that `well-authenticated
miracles' be performed in their name.
The article continues that chances of being made a saint are going up!
"Many people," said a Vatican-watcher "have been done in `job lots.'
In June 1988, Vietnam was blessed at a stroke with 117 saints!"
The dictionary definition of "job lot" is "a collection of cheap or
trivial items. A miscellaneous collection of articles sold as a lot."
--Women's Protestant Union
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