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The British war hero who was killed to defend lepers in Africa is on the way to holiness

British war hero who was murdered to defend lepers in Africa is on the way to holiness after the Vatican trial begins to give him credit

  • The British war hero who became a missionary in Africa will be recognized as a saint
  • John Bradburne, 58, was set by the Vatican on the way to holiness yesterday
  • He was murdered in 1979 during the civil war in Zimbabwe to defend a leper colony
  • During the Second World War he also spent a year in Burma with the Chindits

John Bradburne, 58, pictured, was shot in the back and dumped by a roadside in 1979 after he had refused to leave a leper colony during the civil war in Zimbabwe

John Bradburne, 58, pictured, was shot in the back and dumped by a roadside in 1979 after he had refused to leave a leper colony during the civil war in Zimbabwe

A British war hero who became a missionary and was killed to defend lepers in Africa was set off by the Vatican on the way to holiness yesterday.

John Bradburne, 58, in the photo, was shot in the back and dumped by a roadside in 1979 after he had refused to leave a leper colony during the civil war in Zimbabwe.

The Vatican has issued a formal decree to start a process that will end with its recognition as a saint.

His & # 39; cause for the canonization & # 39; will open on September 5 with a mass in the Mutemwa colony in Zimbabwe.

Kate McPherson, of the John Bradburne Memorial Trust, said: "What he has done to his patients is amazing."

A file about the life of Bradburne is now being sent to the Vatican and a search for the miracles to confirm his holiness will begin.

During the Second World War he spent a year in Burma with the Chindits, a special unit that fell behind the Japanese lines to attack supply routes.

The Vatican has issued a formal decree to start a process that will end with its recognition as a saint. Bradburne became a missionary and was killed to defend lepers in Africa

The Vatican has issued a formal decree to start a process that will end with its recognition as a saint. Bradburne became a missionary and was killed to defend lepers in Africa

The Vatican has issued a formal decree to start a process that will end with its recognition as a saint. Bradburne became a missionary and was killed to defend lepers in Africa

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