Nun who stood up to Billy the Kid moves toward sainthood

Nov 18, 2015 805

by Russell Contreras

An Italian-born nun who challenged Billy the Kid, calmed angry mobs and helped open hospitals and schools in New Mexico territory took a step Friday toward possible sainthood with documents about her purported good deeds being sent to Rome.

In a public Albuquerque ceremony, the Archdiocese of Santa Fe formally closed its inquiry on why Sister Blandina Segale should become a saint and sealed its findings. Church Investigators presented piles of documents they say corroborate the stories about the nun's legendary clashes with Old West outlaws and her heroic actions to protect Hispanics and American Indians.

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