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Pope to beatify Mel Gibson's "Passion" muse

Anna Katharina Emmerick, the 18th century German mystic whose recorded visions helped inspire The Passion of the Christ, will be beatified in October.

The Vatican Secretariat of State communicated the news of Emmerick's beatification to the Munster Diocese.

Emmerick "bore the stigmata of the Lord's Passion and received extraordinary charisms that she used for the consolation of numerous visitors," said Cardinal Josť Saraiva Martins, prefect of the Congregation for Sainthood Causes, when reading the decree of recognition of a miracle last July.

Beginning in 1813, illness kept the religious confined. From then on, she was nourished only by the Eucharist. During her last years, she lived day by day the preaching and passion of Jesus.

Forced to leave her convent by the Napoleonic invasion, the invalid and stigmatic tried to describe in her Low German dialect the daily visions of the supernatural. Clemens Brentano, a notable German writer, met her, was converted, and remained at the foot of her bed copying the visionary's accounts from 1818 to 1824.

The result was the book The Bitter Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ. That work, in addition to the Gospels, helped inspire Mel Gibson in the making of The Passion of the Christ. The film had taken in $A850.9 million at the box office as of 23 May.

The Diocese of Vienna announced that on 3 October, the Pope will also beatify Karl I von Habsburg, last emperor of Austria and king of Hungary.

Mystic Who Helped Inspire "The Passion" to Be Beatified in October (Catholic Online/Zenit 28/5/04)

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31 May 2004