Archbishop Orani Tempesta and Vatican representatives told reporters Friday that they had begun the process to beatify Odette Vidal de Oliveira, who was 9 when she died of meningitis in 1939.
“She was a very religious girl who always accompanied her mother to church,” Nascimento said. “At age 4, she seemed to have intimate dialogues with Jesus.”
Nascimento said one miracle attributed to Oliveira was the recovery of a woman who suffered a serious hemorrhage after giving birth, leading doctors to tell her husband that she would die. “In prayers, the woman asked Odette for help and she recovered,” he said.