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How to help the push for a new English saint

SIR – I should think every reader will have been delighted to read your report (Home news, March 17) that the Cause for the beatification of John Bradburne is under way. There hasn’t been a new English saint for quite some time, and Zimbabwe never. But, as your report says, saints don’t come cheap! The postulator has to travel a lot, interview a lot, read a lot – which in the case of John Bradburne, as your readers may recall from past articles, is a huge amount of devotional poetry.

The crowdfunding project is a great idea, as it means the John Bradburne Memorial Society will not have to divert funds from its support of the leprosy centre in Zimbabwe where John worked and prayed, and where he was eventually martyred. For readers not used to this way of giving, it is very simple: just go to the website and type in the name of the organiser as follows: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/celia-brigstocke.

You say the Cause needs donors with deep pockets. That would be lovely, but just as valuable are donors with shallow pockets. Indeed, more so, for John Bradburne is a very human saint, with his feet grounded in the trials of everyday life, and a wide popular support would be the most satisfying way for this cause to succeed.

Professor David Crystal

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