A Brazilian priest could become the Catholic Church’s first surfer saint after the Vatican agreed to consider his canonisation, five years after he drowned while surfing off the coast of Rio de Janeiro.
Guido Schaffer, who was 34 when he died in 2009, was known in Brazil as the “Anjo Surfista,” or “Surfer Angel”.
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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.
Schaffer drowned a few months before his ordination.