Father Willie Doyle’s cause: fearless in his faith on Flanders Fields

Catholic News Agency, Patrick J. Passmore:

Last weekend, the cause for the canonization of Jesuit Father Willie Doyle was opened. An inspiring — yet unassuming — Irish World War I chaplain, he was killed in 1917 at Passchendaele, Belgium, during the Third Battle of Ypres. His body was never recovered. He was known for his compassion for everyone, irrespective of nationality or religion.

As a Protestant officer wrote in his diary: “Father Doyle never rests. Night and day he is with us. He finds a dying or dead man, does all, comes back smiling, makes a little cross and goes out to bury him, and then begins all over again.” Report is here.