Vatican City, Mar 18, 2021 / 05:00 pm (CNA).- The sainthood cause of a Swiss priest whose “supernatural conceptions” made an impression on St. Maximilian Kolbe has advanced, along with those of six other Servants of God.

Franciscan Conventual Friar Léon Veuthey was a professor of ascetical and mystical theology in Rome when he first met St. Maximilian Kolbe in 1933 — after which Kolbe described Veuthey in his private journal as “a supernatural man,” according to the Swiss priest’s biographer.

Veuthey was walking to the beatification ceremony of Gemma Galgani, taking place in the Vatican Gardens, and Kolbe had business to attend to at the Vatican. But Kolbe wrote that he let himself be so diverted by his conversation with Veuthey that he postponed his visit to the Vatican offices to accompany him to the beatification, after which they had lunch together.

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