wsj.com "RIO DE JANEIRO—Praying for waves? Have faith: the Catholic Church is considering a surfer for sainthood. The would-be patron saint of good vibes is Guido Schäffer, a Brazilian priest-in-training who was 34 and about to be ordained when he drowned while surfing near here in 2009. After he died, locals started calling him the 'Surfer Angel' and made pilgrimages to his tomb... In January, the Vatican gave permission to Rio priests to gather evidence of Mr. Schäffer’s holiness and present it to the pope, a crucial early step in the sainthood process. To mark the moment, Mr. Schäffer’s remains were transferred to the Our Lady of Peace Church in the beach town of Ipanema. His surf buddies accompanied the remains atop a firetruck in a lively procession. Several held surfboards aloft."
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