Will Bri­tish mis­sion­ary be a saint?

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A BRI­TISH mis­sion­ary who was mur­dered by Robert Mu­gabe’s fighters in 1979 has been nom­i­nated for saint­hood.

John Brad­burne, pic­tured, was killed by guer­ril­las when he re­fused to flee the leper colony he was run­ning in what is now Zim­babwe as the 15-year civil war was near­ing an end.

Now nearly 40 years af­ter his death, bish­ops in Zim­babwe have put his name for­ward to the Vat­i­can for con­sid­er­a­tion for saint­hood.

He is one of a group of Bri­tish Ro­man Catholics be­ing con­sid­ered, and could fol­low John Henry New­man – re­garded as the father of the Vic­to­ri­an­era Catholic re­vival in Eng­land – who will be canon­ised in Rome later this year. Mr Brad­burne was shot af­ter he re­fused to leave his pa­tients, and his body was found near his set­tle­ment months be­fore the end of the war to over­throw white rule in Rhode­sia. Up to 25,000 pil­grims at­tend a memo­rial ser­vice at the site each year. The first stage of his saint­hood process in­volves an in­quiry by the Catholic Church in Zim­babwe to es­tab­lish that he lived a vir­tu­ous life and was doc­tri­nally sound.

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