(Neb)-Father Flanagan Another Step Closer To Sainthood
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Father Flanagan, the founder of Boys Town near Omaha, is one step closer to obtaining sainthood.
The Vatican has issued a decree of validity for the formal investigation into the life, virtue and works of the Rev. Edward Flanagan, who founded Boys Town a century ago this year and died in 1948.
The investigation completed two years ago by the Catholic Archdiocese of Omaha is one of the required steps for sainthood.
Steve Wolf is president of the Father Flanagan League Society of Devotion, says the decree of validity means the investigation proved that Father Flanagan has a reputation for sanctity. The society is leading the sanctification effort.
Omaha Archbishop George Lucas says Flanagan's work has been a blessing for the community and the world.
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