Beatification Causes Advance for 2 London-Born Nuns

Mother Riccarda Saved Jews From Nazis

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LONDON, JAN. 18, 2012 ( The causes of beatification for two London-born nuns have finished their diocesan stage and are headed to Rome.

The dossier on Mother Riccarda Beauchamp Hambrough (1887-1966), and on Sister Katherine Flanagan (1892-1941) have been sent to the Congregation for Saints’ Causes, the Catholic Herald reported Tuesday.

Both nuns were Bridgettine Sisters.

Mother Riccarda served as the director of the order for a time; while at the motherhouse in Rome in 1943, she helped to save the lives of some 60 Jews by hiding them in the convent.

Sister Katherine, meanwhile, was dedicated to opening Bridgettine convents around the world. She was the first prioress of new convents in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire; Lugano, Switzerland; and Vadstena, Sweden.

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