Call for beatification of 9/11 priest Fr Mychal Judge

In light of the recent motu propio issued by Pope Francis which offers a a new possible pathway to sainthood - the heroic giving of one’s life for others - the time has come to begin the initial research to make Franciscan Fr Mychal Judge a saint, Editor Frances DeBernardino writes in the New Ways Ministry blog today.

On September 11, 2001, Fr Judge, who was a chaplain for the New York City Fire Department, rushed into the World Trade Center building with other first responders, after terrorists had flown planes into the skyscraper towers. As a result of his sacrifice, he died, and is now often referred to as “Victim Number One” of that tragic day which witnessed the deaths of close to 3,000 people, with over 6,000 more injured.

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