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Pope puts Cork woman one step closer to becoming a saint

The founder of the Sisters of Charity Mary Aikenhead has been declared venerable.

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POPE FRANCIS HAS declared Mary Aikenhead venerable.

The Cork woman born in 1787 founded the Religious Sisters of Charity in 1815.

She was awarded the decree of heroic virtue along with six other individuals who are on the path to canonisation.

Aikenhead is now halfway through the four-step process of being named a saint by the Catholic Church.

The Religious Sister of Charity Ireland states on its website, “Mary Aikenhead was a woman of great faith, a visionary whose dream was to give to people who were poor, what people who had money could buy.

Mary_Aikenhead_380x508 Source: Religious Sisters of Charity

Today, we continue to follow her dream in Ireland, England, Scotland, Nigeria, Zambia, Malawi, California and Australia.

She died in Dublin in 1858.

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