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    This Friday, June 15, 2012 photo shows a pamphlet in Johannesburg promoting the canonization process of Benedict Daswa. The Catholic schoolteacher, revered for his good deeds, honesty and compassion, was also a fierce foe of the witchcraft widely practiced here. When a lightning bolt struck the village and Daswa resisted the elders' call for hiring an exorcist, he was chased into a pub and beaten to death. Twenty-two years later, his memory is still so revered that he has been nominated as South Africa's first saint. The Vatican is studying the application. Daswa, who was born Tshimangadzo Samuel and raised in a traditionalist South African family, changed his name when he became a Catholic. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)


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    In this Monday, June 11, 2012 photo, a headstone marks the grave in Nweli, South Africa, where Benedict Daswa is buried. Daswa, who was born Tshimangadzo Samuel and raised in a traditionalist South African family, changed his name when he became a Catholic. The Catholic schoolteacher, revered for his good deeds, honesty and compassion, was also a fierce foe of the witchcraft widely practiced here. When a lightning bolt struck the village and Daswa resisted the elders' call for hiring an exorcist, he was chased into a pub and beaten to death. Twenty-two years later, his memory is still so revered that he has been nominated as South Africa's first saint. The Vatican is studying the application. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)


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    In this Monday, June 11, 2012 photo, children attend classes at the Nweli, South Africa Primary School where Benedict Daswa was the principal. Daswa, revered for his good deeds, honesty and compassion, was also a fierce foe of the witchcraft widely practiced here. When a lightning bolt struck the village and Daswa resisted the elders' call for hiring an exorcist, he was chased into a pub and beaten to death. Twenty-two years later, his memory is still so revered that he has been nominated as South Africa's first saint. The Vatican is studying the application. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)


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    This Friday, June 15, 2012 photo shows a pamphlet in Johannesburg promoting the canonization process of Benedict Daswa. The Catholic schoolteacher, revered for his good deeds, honesty and compassion, was also a fierce foe of the witchcraft widely practiced here. When a lightning bolt struck the village and Daswa resisted the elders' call for hiring an exorcist, he was chased into a pub and beaten to death. Twenty-two years later, his memory is still so revered that he has been nominated as South Africa's first saint. The Vatican is studying the application. Daswa, who was born Tshimangadzo Samuel and raised in a traditionalist South African family, changed his name when he became a Catholic. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)


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