The diocese of Youngstown, Ohio, has formally opened the Cause of the woman who inspired Mother Angelica to become a nun.

More than 1,000 people attended the Mass marking the occasion in St Peter’s Church in the city of Canton last month.

Rhoda Wise (1888-1948) was raised Protestant but converted to Catholicism.

Towards the end of her life she became known for healings attributed to her intercession. She had a devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the rosary and St Thérèse of Lisieux, and later bore the stigmata.

Fr Edward Beneleit, parish priest of St Peter, said the large congregation “shows how many people she touched while she was alive or after [her death]”.

Among those who claimed healing from Wise was Mother Angelica, the founder of the Eternal Word Television Network, who died last year. Mother Angelica said she was cured of a painful stomach ailment after praying with Wise.

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