A Saint for South Africa?

On Thursday 2nd July 2009, an historic event took place in Tzaneen as the Diocesan Inquiry into the Life and Death of the Servant of God Benedict Daswa was concluded. The final documents addressed to Archbishop Angelo Amato SDB, Prefect of the Congregation for Causes of Saints, were signed by Bishop Hugh Slattery MSC, Bishop of Tzaneen, Sr Sally Duigan OLSH, Daughter of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and Chancellor of the Diocese, Fr Andre Bohas MSC, Postulator of the Cause and Fr Eddie O’Neill SDB, the Promoter of Justice.

These documents consist of over 850 pages of Testimonies of reliable witnesses to the life and death of the Servant of God.  The Original Copy, which was sealed first, remains in the archives of the Diocese of Tzaneen. The Transcript Copy and Public Copy were then sealed and are to be taken to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome, through the kind services of the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Green.

This ends a process that was started five years ago and is the first Cause of a South African born Catholic to be proposed for Beatification and Canonisation. The Transcript and Public Copies remain sealed until the Congregation for the Causes of Saints approves a Roman Postulator to proceed with the next phase of the process. Information about the Servant of God and the Cause may now be made known to the public.