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For saints, there are no coincidences

SIR – Colin Brazier (Notebook, February 16) discussed the possibility of coincidences. He quoted the doyen of journalists, Alistair Cooke, who suggested in one of his Letter from America programmes in 2001 that coincidences were “a gift of grace”, a view with which Brazier agreed.

They both get support in that view from a saint. Pope John Paul II, on the first anniversary of his attempted assassination in St Peter’s Square, was in Fatima to thank Our Lady of Fatima on whose feast the attempt had been made on his life.

In his address at the shrine he said: “As soon as I recovered consciousness after the attack my thoughts turned instinctively towards this shrine, and I wanted to express here my gratitude to our Heavenly Mother for having saved my life. In the designs of Providence there are no mere coincidences.”

Fr Michael G Murphy

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