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British war hero shot by Zimbabwean freedom fighters on the road to sainthood

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John Bradburne, pictured, was shot in the back by Zimbabwean freedom fighters and dumped by a roadside in 1979 after he refused to abandon a leper quarantine centre during Zimbabwe’s liberation war.

He was yesterday put on the road to sainthood by the Vatican.

The Vatican has issued a formal decree to begin a process that will conclude with his recognition as a saint.

His ‘Cause for Canonisation’ will open with a mass at Mutemwa quarantine centre in Zimbabwe on September 5.

The Vatican has issued a formal decree to begin a process that will conclude with his recognition as a saint. Mr Bradburne became a missionary and was murdered defending lepers in Africa

Kate McPherson, of the John Bradburne Memorial Trust, said: ‘What he put himself through for his patients is astounding.’

A file on Bradburne’s life will now be sent to the Vatican and a search for the miracles to confirm his sainthood will begin.

John Bradburne, 58, pictured, was shot in the back and dumped by a roadside in 1979 after he refused to abandon a leper colony during Zimbabwe’s civil war

During the Second World War, he spent a year in Burma with the Chindits, a special operations unit dropped behind Japanese lines to attack supply routes.

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