The last English saints to be canonised were the so-called Forty Martyrs of England and Wales, who were executed for treason and related offences between 1535 and 1679. Although the the seventeeth-century martyrs were recognised by Pope Paul VI only in 1970, if Chesterton’s clause is successful he would be the first English saint to have lived for more than 300 years.The process of canonisation must begin at least five years after a person’s death, except for in exceptional circumstances decided by the Pope, such as the canonisation of Mother Theresa. It usually takes at least fifty years, and the Vatican must find evidence that at least two miracles have been performed.Chesterton’s grave is in Beaconsfied, Buckinghamshire, and has become a landmark of local interest, although Canon Udris said that residents “wouldn’t have conceived of him in any sense as a candidate for a sainthood”, and that much of the pressure for his canonisation had come from abroad. Members of the Argentinian Chesterton society and supporters in the United States and Canada were the first to petition the Bishop of Northampton to begin the canonisation process in 2013. After the report is published, the Bishop will decide whether to open a ‘cause’ with the Vatican, which begins the formal investigation into the extent of Chesterton’s holiness and the sanctity of his life. Pope Francis may look favourably on the application, having reportedly been a member of the G.K. Chesterton Society in his home country of Argentina.At a later stage of the canonisation process, the Vatican will look for evidence that he has performed posthumous miracles by answering prayers. The report’s findings show that infertile couples, in particular, are said to have singled out Chesterton, himself childless, to ask for miracle conceptions, said Canon John Udris, who compiled the report.“Very interestingly, I have noticed people saying that they are praying for him,” he said.“Because they didn’t have any children, Frances and Gilbert [Chesterton], so they are finding him as a bit of a go-to person, if for example a couple is infertile and looking to have a child.” “[Miracles] will be, if the cause is opened, down the line, what will people be looking for. And of course, people have already been feeding back,” Canon Udris said.Chesterton was an eminent writer, and produced hundreds of stories, books, essays and plays.His works of Christian apologetics are highly regarded, and he was eventually knighted by Pope Pius XI before his death in 1936.Opponents of G.K. Chesterton’s canonisation point to alleged anti-Semitic views he expressed in his lifetime, including the presentation of Jews as greedy or cowardly in his literary works. Later in his life, Chesterton said that Jews should have to wear distinctive dress so that they could be identified, and opposed the defendant Alfred Dreyfus in a trial widely perceived to be an anti-Semitic miscarriage of justice.Canon Udris told The Daily Telegraph that while presenting the views of “people who have hesitations, reservations, and actually who are dead set against the cause” is crucial to his report, his personal view is that “wasn’t a racist bone in his body”. “I won’t be making any recommendations, although he [Bishop Doyle] knows and I’ve made no bones about my personal hopes that the cause will be opened,” he said. A renowned author may become England’s first saint for 300 years after Catholic couples claimed he answered their prayers for “miracle” children.G.K Chesterton is best known for his short stories featuring the character Father Brown, a crime solving priest loosely based on the man who was involved in his conversion to Catholicism in 1922.But now he could become England’s first Roman Catholic saint since the 17th century, after an official report examining the strength of his case is published next month.The Daily Telegraph understands that the document, commissioned by the Bishop of Northampton, will show that Catholics are praying to Chesterton and asking for intercession – his intervention in their lives.It will also dispute claims that Chesterton held anti-Semitic views and used Jewish character tropes in his work. Many oppose Chesterton’s canonisation, pointing to anti-Semitic views he expressed in his lifetime.Credit:Getty Creative Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
The province will engage an independent consultant to help review and enhance the electronic system that transfers patient diagnostic imaging and laboratory test results to clinics using electronic medical records, Health Minister Chris d’Entremont announced today, Oct. 4. The review comes after last week’s announcement of an error in the eResults system that caused a delay in the transfer of medical test results to patients’ electronic files. The error has since been corrected and all test results have been sent to doctors for review. Doctors are following up with patients, if necessary. “Patient safety remains our top priority. So far we’ve heard from 90 of 97 doctors, and the feedback has been very reassuring. Of the files they’ve reviewed, no patients were affected by this,” said Mr. d’Entremont. “However, we’re not taking any chances where patient safety is concerned. We are engaging a third party, independent consultant to do a full electronic medical records review and make sure the system is working properly.” Since the system error was identified, the province has been conducting a thorough review of eResults. To date, the error affected 32 clinics using the system. In total, test results for 1,028 patients from 94 doctors and three nurse practitioners were affected. “As we continue our rigorous review of the system, I’m told it’s quite normal that we may identify further test results that were affected by this error,” said Mr. d’Entremont. “We’ve been pleased with the electronic medical record system in Nova Scotia and the successful delivery of 99.6 per cent of test results. That said, we are concerned about the potential impact this error may have on patients, so we’re doing everything we can to improve system performance and ensure it’s working as close to perfect as possible.” The electronic medical record system is part of a larger health information management system strategy that allows a patient’s medical information from any clinic, hospital, or other medical service to be stored in one electronic health record.Implementation of the system began in the province in October 2005. The eResults system has been operating since August 2006. In that time, almost 294,000 test results were successfully delivered through the eResults system. The estimated cost for the independent electronic medical records review is about $50,000. If any patients are affected by this situation, they will be contacted by their doctor. For more information, call the Department of Health at 1-800-565-3611 or 424-5818.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — In a surprise development, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has spoken of the need to draft a new and “civilian” constitution for Turkey. During a televised speech following a Cabinet meeting Monday, Erdogan recalled that the country’s last two constitutions _ enacted in 1961 and 1982 _ were drafted following military coups, and contained “indelible” traces of the “military tutelage.” Erdogan said the new constitution should be a “civilian” one but did not elaborate. In 2018, Turkey transitioned from a parliamentary system to an executive presidential system that concentrated most powers in the hands of the president. The transition came following a referendum that amended several articles of the 1982 Constitution.