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French priest beatified for Ecuador miracle healing

Published on Sep 23, 2012 7:28 AM

PARIS (AFP) - A French priest moved a step closer to sainthood on Saturday when the Vatican acknowledged that the healing of an Ecuadoran boy amounted to a miracle.

Father Louis Brisson was beatified in Troyes, eastern France, at a packed cathedral in a ceremony presided over by Cardinal Angelo Amato, who leads the Vatican department that examines claims to sainthood.

Also present were a dozen bishops, some 200 priests and French Interior Minister Manuel Valls.

The ceremony was relayed to the crowd outside the cathedral on a giant television screen.

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