SOUTH AFRICA: ‘ Murdered South African Catholic takes step to sainthood ‘

Cardinal Angelo Amato blesses the faithful during the beatification ceremony for Argentinean priest Jose Gabriel del Rosario Brochero in the village of Cura Brochero#AceNewsReport Sept.13: A South African school principal, bludgeoned to death 25 years ago for refusing to take part in a witchcraft-related ritual, was beatified by the Roman Catholic Church on Sunday, moving him a step closer to sainthood.

Benedict Daswa, who was murdered by his fellow villagers in 1990, was named the country’s first home-grown martyr at the ceremony broadcast live on television.

A letter from Pope Francis, read out by his envoy Cardinal Angelo Amato, declared Daswa would join the ranks of “The Blessed”, for his “heroic witness to the gospel, even to the shedding of blood”.

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