Vatican Begins Process Of Creating First Surfing Saint

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 13 November, 2014 - Guido Schaffer, 34, was about a month from being ordained as a Catholic priest in 2009, when he tragically drowned in a surfing accident in Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro. Now, reports the Catholic News Agency, Schaffer, who was well known for his work with the poor, may become a saint.

The Catholic Church in Brazil has said that Schaffer "lived in accordance with the teachings of the Church". It sent documentation to Rome earlier this year to back up the cause for sainthood.

Schaffer, who had trained as a doctor before studying to enter the priesthood, had worked with indigenous tribes in Brazil as well as with the poor.

"He was very sensitive toward others and was a man of great faith," Father Roberto Lopes, the episcopal vicar for the causes of saints in the archdiocese of Rio, said earlier this year.