A Vatican investigation has declared that Passionist Father Ignatius Spencer, the great, great, great uncle of Diana, Princess of Wales, lived a life of "heroic virtue," paving the way for his possible eventual canonization.
From the BBC News story:
The priest, who is buried in the church of St Anne and Blessed Dominic, in St Helens, was a great, great, great uncle of Diana, Princess of Wales.
Rome has to verify two claimed medical cures to declare someone a saint.
Father Ben Lodge CP, who is responsible for promoting Father Spencer's cause, said the Vatican's move was "good news."
...On becoming a Roman Catholic priest, Father Spencer was attracted to the Passionist congregation - a religious congregation which lived a life of radical poverty.
He became noted as a preacher who was equally at home among the aristocracy as he was among the urban poor.
He was a forerunner of the drive for better relations between the Roman Catholic Church and other Christian denominations with his desire for "unity in truth."
The Vatican, which has been studying his writings since 2007, said it had concluded that he lived a holy life and there was nothing in his written work which was contrary to Roman Catholic teachings on faith and morals.
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