Nun who saved Jews will be sainted

A British nun who saved dozens of Jews in Rome during the Holocaust has been advanced on the road to sainthood.

Britain’s Catholic Herald newspaper said the file on Mother Riccarda Beauchamp Hamrough, who died in 1966, was sent recently to the Vatican for investigation by the Congregation for Saints’ Causes.

Mother Riccarda was the director of the Bridgettine Sisters order and spent most of her life as a nun in Rome at the order’s mother house. In 1943, after the Nazi occupation of Rome, she saved about 60 Roman Jews by hiding them in the convent. According to the file, several Jews gave evidence on Mother Riccarda, saying that while hiding in the convent they had nicknamed her “Mama.” — jta