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NEW BLESSED: Coronavirus Victim To-Be Blessed

Looking for a saint in these Covid-19-troubled times? Look no further than Venerable Fr. Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus. The American priest died from pneumonia in 1890 during what some in the scientific community now say was likely a coronavirus pandemic.

Pope Francis recently recognized a miracle attributed to Fr. McGivney, clearing the way for his beatification. Fr. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus, a fraternal service organization of Catholic laymen. In an interview, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said the recognition of the miracle comes at a propitious time for the Church.  

Fr. Michael McGivney, he said, offers the Catholic layman a fraternal community where he “can meet other men who consider themselves to be brothers, who will help each other… and can also have a certain spiritual life together.”  


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