Roman Catholicism: A Saint for the U.S.

Italy, at last count, had 40,000 native-born saints recognized by the Roman Catholic Church. The U.S., the nation with the world's second largest Catholic population (after Brazil), has none,* but one is in the making. This week in Rome, following Vatican approval of two miracles attributed to her intervention with God—one a medically inexplicable cure of cancer, the other a recovery from leukemia—Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton, founder of the American branch of the worldwide order known as the Daughters of Charity, was enrolled among the beatified of the church. Attending the formal...

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