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American Nun a Step Closer to Sainthood

December 11, 1987|United Press International

PHILADELPHIA — Mother Katharine Drexel, a Philadelphia heiress who founded an order of Roman Catholic nuns, has moved one step closer to sainthood, the Philadelphia archdiocese has announced.

Cardinal John Krol said the Vatican notified him Wednesday that its medical consultation board "has unanimously approved the most recent miracle attributed to her."

The miracle attributed to Mother Katharine, who died in 1955 at age 96, involved a deaf boy whose inner ear bones were destroyed by infection. The boy's mother prayed to Mother Katharine for intercession and he was cured in 1974, Krol said.

Pope John Paul II can now declare her "blessed," a key step toward sainthood.

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