AIDS cure clears way for canonisation
The miraculous cure of an AIDS patient in 1996 is enabling the canonisation in June of a 19th century Italian priest.
Peter Changu Shitima, a young catechist in Zambia, was at home on his deathbed. Doctors of the hospital in Oudtshoorn, South Africa,
could do no more.
The catechist's parish community then began to pray to Blessed Luigi Scrosoppi, "given that he was Changu's favorite figure, with whose charism he identified most," witnesses said in the cause for canonisation.
On the night of 1 October 1996, Changu went to bed and dreamed of the blessed. He woke up in the morning feeling absolutely fine.
Pete de Toit, one of the doctors on the case, said: "I sent him home because he was a terminal patient, and he returned brimming with health."
Blessed Scrosoppi (1804-1884) founded the Sisters of Providence of St. Cajetan of Thiene, had this motto in life: "The poor and the sick are our proprietors, and they represent the very person of Jesus Christ." Blessed Scrosoppi will be canonised on 10 June 10.
Meanwhile, Changu is now a seminarian.