Jose Gregorio Hernández, Venezuela’s beloved doctor of the poor to be beautified

With the austerity of a monk, a vocation to seek the good of others and a bright scientific mind, Jose Gregorio Hernández won the affection of those who called him “the doctor of the poor.” He became a religious icon after his death in 1919, and since then millions of Venezuelans have fervently asked that he be universally worshipped.

Now, the doctor, scientist, university professor and pioneer of bacteriology will be beatified, a step toward sainthood in the Roman Catholic Church. The beatification ceremony Friday will culminate 72 years of efforts by Venezuela’s Catholics.

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Source: Associated Press – JORGE RUEDA

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