Saint Roberto? There's a canonization movement for Clemente

Roberto Clemente could be officially named a saint.
Roberto Clemente could be officially named a saint. (Getty Images)

Former pastor and Pittsburgh native Richard Rossi is leading the charge to have the late, great Roberto Clemente canonized as a saint and he's actually gotten support in starting the process from the Pope (Catholic News Wire, via CBS Pittsburgh). The next step is to begin the process of canonization through the archbishop of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Clemente was tragically killed on Dec. 31, 1972 while on a plane that was attempting to deliver relief goods to Nicaragua following a catastrophic earthquake. He was just 38 years old.

Posthumously, Clemente was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, the Presidential Citizens Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Major League Baseball now annually honors a player "who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement" with the Roberto Clemente Award.

Does all of this make him an actual saint, though? I guess we'll soon find out.

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