The Pope has given the go-ahead for South Africa’s first saint.
And no it isn’t AB de Villiers. Pope Francis recently approved a decree that recognized the martyrdom of Benedict Daswa, paving the way for his beatification as early as October this year. The Pope has also been invited to attend the occasion and if he accepts it would be the first ever formal papal visit for SA.
Daswa was a teacher and principal who stood up for his faith and took a stand against witchcraft.
“Archbishop of Joburg Buti Tlhagale said it was a momentous occasion for all South Africans, and especially for the country’s 4 million Catholics.
“This is the first South African saint. We have been waiting to have our own saint for years. Having our own saint means having our own spokesman in heaven – a model of someone who believes and dies for his faith.” [iol]