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All Matt Talbot saint-maker needs is a miracle

As it prepared to mark yesterday's Matt Talbot Sunday commemorating the legendary St Vincent de Paul Society charity worker, the Dublin Dioces put out a call for anybody who may have received a miraculous cure through the Talbot's intercession.

Moving along the path to beatification and evenual sainthood, Matt Talbot is now classed as "venerable".

The Diocese marked Matt Talbot Sunday yesterday with a special Mass at the city's pro-Cathedral. Vice-Postulator of Talbot's cause, Fr John Flaherty, told the Irish Catholic that a miracle is needed before the man who conquered his alcoholism with prayer can be beatified.

Flaherty said that while the Pope wants to canonise Matt Talbot on account of the example he set in overcoming addiction through spiritual means, the saint-making process can not be moved forward until there is a miracle that can be attributed to Talbot. According to the priest, one claim of a miraculous cure is currently being investigated by the Vatican.

Thousands of people from Ireland, the US, UK and Australia, claim they were cured of addiction to alcohol or drugs through Talbot's intercession, said Fr Flaherty. But the Vatican sees these as psychological cures, rather than physical miracles.

Yesterday's celebrations incolved representatives of the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association, trade unionists, and local parishioners.

Irish Catholic

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