Pope's visit could fast-track Gaudi sainthood
The consecration of Antoni Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece in Barcelona is set to kick-start a process to turn the world-famous architect into a saint.
Benedict XVI will celebrate mass at the Sagrada Familia, where construction started in 1883, on Sunday, whichcampaigners hope will lead the Vatican to fast-track Gaudi’s beatification.
The Association for the Beatification of Antoni Gaudi announced this week that the Spanish architect could be beatified on June 10, 2016 – coinciding with the 90th anniversary of his death.
Josep Maria Tarragona, the author of Gaudi’s biography, cites two miracles that took place in Gaudi’s name.
One relates to a Spanish man who was apparently cured of his stomach ulcers after praying to Gaudi, and a woman claims her sight was restored after by her prayers to the architect.
For Gaudi to become a saint the Vatican will have to examine his devotion to God and the miracles, to see if they are sufficient for beatification.