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    The United States has acquired its first male saint, canonised at a special ceremony at the Vatican on Sunday (19 June).

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    The United States has acquired its first male saint, canonised at a special ceremony at the Vatican on Sunday (19 June).

    SYNOPSIS: He's Bishop John Neumann, the 19th-Century Bishop of Philadelphia, who was beatified in 1963 after the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints recognised miracles achieved by prayer to him. Thousands of pilgrims crowded Saint Peter's Square for the formal announcement of canonization-among them many Americans.

    John Neumann was born in Bohemia in 1811 and emigrated to the United States when he was 25. He became a member of the Redemptorist Religious Order and was appointed Bishop in 1852, and went on to found the American Church School system.

    The miracles that led to his canonizations involved an Italian cancer victim who recovered when she was 11; a young Philadelphia man who recovered from a crushed skull suffered in a car accident in 1950; and the recovery of a six-year-old boy in Philadelphia diagnosed as having terminal bone cancer. All had prayed to John Neumann - and all were in the crowd in Saint Peter's square to hear Pope Paul formally acknowledged the beatification.

    An account of Bishop Neumann's life was read out aloud in four languages. According to an official biography, Bishop Neumann had few worldly possessions because he habitually gave everything he cold to the poor. American Church officials at the Vatican say Bishop Neumann was considered lacking in social graces when he was appointed bishop, and unlikely to win the support of Philadelphia's leading Catholic families. But on Sunday the Pope said he was a saint-and his name was added to the prestigious Calendar of Saints.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACKJDU272I7J9J720IWGG5E412
    Media URN:
    VLVACKJDU272I7J9J720IWGG5E412
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/06/1977
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    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:02:00
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