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September 28, 2009
Knights hope founder will soon be beatified
Fr. Michael McGivney
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
HARTFORD, CONN. - Carl Anderson, supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus, said he hopes new evidence of a possible miracle will lead to beatification for the founder of the Knights within two years.
Anderson made the remarks in an interview, moments before Hartford Archbishop Henry Mansell signed documents containing new information gathered by the tribunal investigating the cause for canonization for Father Michael McGivney.
The documents, which remain secret, were sealed Sept. 22 and prepared for delivery to the Vatican.
McGivney (1852-90) was a priest of the Archdiocese of Hartford who founded the Knights of Columbus in 1882 in New Haven. The cause for his sainthood formally began in Hartford in 1997.
Anderson noted that McGivney was declared venerable in March 2008 and that the documents sent to the Vatican include evidence of a possible miracle related to McGivney's intercession.
"We hope, once all the material that has been obtained through this process is assessed and put in a written report to the congregation, that they'll act with expedition. So maybe within two years."