Scottish church hopes for a saint

March 18, 2008 at 2:13 PM

EDINBURGH, Scotland, March 18 (UPI) -- A Scottish factory worker who became a nun could be on track for sainthood or at least beatification.

Margaret Sinclair or Sister Mary Francis of the Five Wounds was recognized for her pious life in 1978 by being given the title Venerable. Cardinal Keith O'Brien, head of the Roman Catholic church in Scotland, told a BBC interviewer that he discussed the possibility of canonization with Pope Benedict XVI, The Daily Telegraph reported.

"The pope said to me, get your people to pray for a miracle," O'Brien said. "That is

what we are asking people to do."

Sinclair grew up in Edinburgh in a poor family and worked for McVitie's, the well-known manufacturer of baked goods. She became a nun in 1923 and died two years later of tuberculosis at the age of 25.

At least one person said he believes Sinclair's intercession has already produced a miracle. Jimmy Savile, the British DJ and TV personality, says that his mother prayed to Sinclair when he was seriously injured as a child, a few years after Sinclair's death. He recovered after the doctor, sure he would die, had already filled out a death certificate.

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