Vatican Begins Process Of Creating First Surfing Saint
Coming soon to a stained glass window near you: a saint with a surfboard?
Guido Schaffer, 34, was about a month from being ordained as a Catholic priest in 2009, when he tragically drowned in a surfing accident in Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro. Now, reports the Catholic News Agency, Schaffer, who was well known for his work with the poor, may become a saint.
The Congregation for the Causes of Saints has approved the cause of beatification of Guido Schaffer, who was a Brazilian seminarian known as the “Anjo Surfista,” or “Surfer Angel.”
The Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro will now establish a tribunal to handle the cause. The archdiocese requested approval of the cause in May by sending the Vatican numerous documents on the life of Schaffer “to show that he lived in accord with the teachings of the Church.”
The Holy See has issued a nihil obstat – or ‘no objection’ – declaration for the process of assessing Schaffer’s suitability for sainthood to begin.
Vatican in the process of making Brazilian surfer Guido Schaffer a saint: Guido Schaffer (pictured) drowned in 2009… http://t.co/bUikrV6HFx
— Ivan (@Ivan226622) November 13, 2014
A patron saint for surfers is a great idea.
Schaffer left a major impact on the poor due to his work with the native tribes of Brazil alongside the Missionaries of Charity.
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