SVETI LEOPOLD BOGDAN MANDIĆ – OD FIZIČKOG HENDIKEPA DO KARIZMATIČNOG ISPOVJEDNIKA
The first part of this article presents in detail the life of the Croatian Capuchin St Leopold Bogdan Mandić (Herceg Novi, 1866 – Padova, 1942). Follows a discussion about the relation between his disability and medicine, including paranormal phenomena recorded during his life on earth. The article concludes with a note that the Holy See has recognised an outstanding number of healing miracles performed by Leopold Mandić, and describes the two most fascinating. The extraordinary attendance to his funeral in 1942, beatification in 1977, and canonisation in 1983 evidence that this saint has been one of the most revered personalities in the recent history of the Catholic Church.
Key words: History of the Church, 19th – 20th century, Leopold Bogdan Mandić, patron saints