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0286 Cathay and the Way Thither : vol.1
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In the other case, it is asserted that a friar six days in his grave was raised to life by the power of the saint, in answer to the prayers of a sister.'

The official detail of the miracles was sent to Guido Candidus (Bianchi ?) Bishop of Udine, then at the Papal court, in order that the name of Odoric might be enrolled among the saints ; but nothing was effected at that time, owing it is said to the death of the prelate.2 Nor, perhaps, had Pope John any greatzeal towards the exaltation of members of an order which had bred such thorns in his side as Corbarius, Cesena, and Occam.

In the very year of Odoric's death, we find recorded the bequest by a certain woman of Vercelli of a legacy to the altar of the Beatus at Udine ; whilst a long chain of incidental notices of bequests, of repairs to his chapel, of celebrations of his festival, etc., show that his memory has been continuously preserved as sacred in Udine since his death.3

But for four centuries his claim to the honours of beatification rested only on popular acclamation sanctioned by the Aquileian patriarch. It was not till 1755 that the question was formally discussed by the Roman court, whether the cult rendered to Odoric from time immemorial should be solemnly sanctioned by the Pontiff.

I have inspected the record of the process which then took place, a very curious ecclesiastical Blue-book of more than one hundred and twenty folio pages. The discussion is entitled "Positio super dubio an sententia lata per Enainentissimum et Reverendissimum Ordinarium Utinensem super cultu ab immemorabili tempore prcedicto Beato prostito, sive casu excepto a decretis sane. mem. Urban Pape VIII sit confirmanda in casu, etc. The first part is entitled Informatio super dubio, etc. This alleges the grounds and maintains the validity of the Bishop's judgment, traces the worship of the Friar from the time of his death, and

1 " Quem vidit suscitatum F. Henricus Generalis Minister, ut mihi Magistro Bartholomœo dixit ipse ore tenus" (Barth. Pisanus in op.: sup. cîtat. ; from the Acta Sanctorum) . This legend was commemorated in an inscription which stood in the convent church at Pordenone, but dating only from 1591. (MS. copy of Gabelli's Panegyric on Odoric at S. Daniele.)

2 Asquini, p. 199.   3 Roman documents cited below.