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Campaign for new saint

Margaret Sinclair was given the Venerable title in 1978 - two steps away from sainthood - but since then there's been no further movement.

In 1982, during a visit to Scotland, Pope John Paul II said she was "one of God's little ones, who through her very simplicity, was touched by God with the strength of real holiness of life, whether as a child, a young woman, an apprentice, a factory worker, a member of a trade union or a professed sister of religion".

The Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, Most Revd Leo Cushley, has launched a campaign for the factory worker to be beatified.

For that to happen a miracle must be attributed to her, to prove she is in heaven and can intercede with God for people.

Before she can become a saint a second miracle must be found.

Archbishop Leo has appointed Fr Joseph McAuley to head the campaign and said: "As my delegate Father McAuley will be working closely with me to promote Margaret's cause and to spread the message of this fascinating young woman.

"Margaret led an exemplary life as a lay person, who was very much a modern woman, a woman of her times, and who was also an exemplary religious sister albeit briefly before she died at the age of 25".

In 1923, after an upbringing in the poverty stricken Cowgate area of Edinburgh, Margaret joined the Poor Clares in Notting Hill, west London, where she helped local poor people.

Archbishop Leo added: "Almost immediately after her death in 1925 a devotion to Margaret spread and spread rapidly and was very strong for many decades.

"This is something that Father McAuley and I are hoping to build upon and strengthen to spread in the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh, throughout Scotland and, please God, beyond".

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