Sunday, December 21, 2003

Church to Beatify Last Hapsburg Emperor


"The Roman Catholic Church said Saturday that it will grant beatification to the emperor, who ruled the Austro-Hungarian empire from 1916 to 1918. Beatification is one confirmed miracle short of sainthood.

The Vatican did not disclose the details of Charles' miraculous act. The church simply said the emperor had 'served his people with justice and charity.'

But the Associated Press reports the last emperor's grandson, George Hapsburg, as saying that praying for Charles had cured a nun in Brazil of a deadly disease. Mr. Hapsburg said the woman's healing was unable to be explained by three medical experts. "