A distant relative of Princes William and Harry has moved a step closer to becoming a saint.
A Vatican investigation has declared that Father Ignatius Spencer, who is buried in Merseyside, lived a life of "heroic virtue".
The priest, who is buried in the church of St Anne and Blessed Dominic, in St Helens, was a great, great, great uncle of Diana, Princess of Wales.
Rome has to verify two claimed medical cures to declare someone a saint.
Father Ben Lodge CP, who is responsible for promoting Father Spencer's cause, said the Vatican's move was "good news".
Born George Spencer in 1799, he was the youngest child of the second Earl Spencer, who was First Lord of the Admiralty at the time.
He grew up at Althorp, where Diana Princess of Wales is now buried, and was an Anglican clergyman in the area before his conversion to the Roman Catholic Church scandalised some sections of Victorian society...
Read the rest at the BBC online.
Hat tip to Deacon Greg Kandra at The Deacon's Bench.
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