Friday, February 22, 2008

Pope John Paul II wanted to beatify Matt Talbot

In this 2005 homily the homilist recounts a memory of three people who Pope John Paul II said he wanted to beatify.
The key paragraph follows:

He invited the bishops to lunch, half of us one day, the other half the next. These were very relaxed and informal occasions. He told us that he would dearly love to beatify three people, Damien of Monokai, Cardinal Newman and Matt Talbot. He had written a biography of Matt in Polish in his young days. He asked us to pray for a miracle since Matt’s example could be very valuable for those who are addicted to alcohol and drugs. Damien is canonised and Newman is beatified but Matt Talbot is still awaiting a miracle.