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Organisations: Catholic Church
People: Julie Billiart, Paul


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French nun canonised

A FRENCH nun was declared a _saint on Sunday by Pope Paul. She is Mother Julie Billiart, who founded the Order of the Sisters of Notre Dame of Namur in 1803, and died there three years later. In an apparent reference to some Protestant objections to the Catholic Church's cult of saints, the Pope said at the Canonisation ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica: "No one may think that in honouring the saints the Catholic Church detracts something from the honour owed to God alone and to Christ. . . "No one may call the cult of the saints superstition when in them the Church seeks out and celebrates the source of holiness . ." The study of saints in the past had often been "directed passionately to the miraculous aspects of holiness, almost making an equation between holiness and miracles." This had led in the past to saints being "adorned with imaginary miracles and unbelievable legends. Now the miracle remains the proof, a sign of sainthood, but it does not constitute the essence of it."

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