Did anybody else see this on 20/20? I never heard of her before and some of this story just sounds weird.
Is Audrey Santo a Saint?
At Audrey Santo’s funeral on April 18, mourners filled the cavernous St. Paul’s Cathedral in Worcester, Mass.
Not one but two bishops attended the service befitting of royalty. Hundreds – many, complete strangers – filed past her casket.
“To a very large percentage of people in this society and around the world, a person like Audrey doesn’t count,” said the Rev. Emmanuel Charles McCarthy from the dais.
But somehow Audrey Santo did count. What drew these mourners and millions around the world to the life of a bedridden 23-year-old?
Because she nearly drowned at the age of 3, Audrey was trapped in a comalike state. For two decades, she never spoke a word and never walked, but people believed she was a messenger of God who had the power to heal the sick and inspire the hopeless. Many believed she whispered in God’s ear, asking for miracles.
The story of her supposed powers drew throngs from around the world, and her family’s modest home became a mecca, where mysterious things were said to have happened. Statues moved, pictures bled and icons inexplicably wept oil.