Mary MacKillop is set to become Australia’s first saint, after Pope Benedict XVI confirmed she was able to cure a dying woman from inoperable lung cancer.
On Sunday morning, the Pope declared Mary MacKillop had performed a miracle to save the woman. It was the second of Mary MacKillop’s miracles to be confirmed by the Vatican, enough for her to become a saint.
The canonisation is expected to occur in Rome next year and large numbers of Australians are expected to witness the ceremony.
Sixteen years after her death in 1909, Archbishop Michael Kelly of Sydney established a tribunal to examine her life.
The investigation was completed in 1973. In 1992 the Vatican recognised she had led a life of “heroic virtue”. Three years later the Vatican, recognising that she was instrumental in a miraculous cure of a woman dying of cancer, beatified her. A second
miraculous cure after beatification is required before canonisation. It appears the cure of a second cancer case has now been adjudged miraculous, opening the way for her to become St Mary of the Cross.
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