A Glasgow priest whose survival of a “flesh-eating bug” is said to have defied medical explanation has attributed his recovery to the intercession of Venerable Margaret Sinclair, an Edinburgh nun who died in 1925.

“For 32 years of priesthood, I’ve been preaching the Resurrection of Christ and this is a sign for me that I am doing something which is true and not wasted,” said Mgr Peter Smith, parish priest of St Paul’s in Whiteinch, in an interview with Flourish, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Glasgow.

“I don’t want to be the centre of attention, but if I’ve been granted this favour then I have to let it be known and allow the Church to judge it.”

Since being diagnosed with cancer last May, the 58-year-old Mgr Smith has been urging friends and family to pray to Venerable Margaret to aid him.

Two months ago, his health took a turn for the worse when medics discovered a blood clot on his lung and a deadly infection attacking body tissue from his hips to his shoulders.

Doctors decided not to operate as it would kill him. They suspected that he wouldn’t survive the next 48 hours. But the priest recovered.

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