Sadhbh Kelly dressed as little Nellie of Holy God with the Cobh Animation Team.

The Vatican has not ruled out a visit by Pope Francis to Spike Island as part of his planned trip to Ireland next year.
The news comes as the Catholic Church have begun an investigation into the canonisation of a four-and-a-half-year-old girl, who died over a century ago.
The Diocese of Cork and Ross is gathering evidence to support the sainthood cause of Ellen (Nellie) Organ the “unofficial patron saint of children” who spent part of her childhood on Spike Island.
Born in Port Law, Waterford in 1903 to William and Mary Hern Organ, Nellie was the youngest of four.
The family left Waterford and moved to Spike Island in 1905, where her father William, a member of the Royal Artillery was posted.
Two years later her mother passed away and Nellie suffering from TB and other complications was sent to the Good Sheppard Sisters, where she died in their care in 1908 and was buried in St Joseph’s cemetery, Cork City.
When her remains were exhumed a year later for burial in the convent grounds her body remained intact.
Many in the Roman Catholic Church venerated Little Nellie for her mature spiritual awareness.
Mainly dedicated to the Eucharist, the story of her life inspired Pope Pius X to admit young children to Holy communion. In 1910, the Pontiff issued “Quam Singulari” which significantly lowered the age of Holy communion for children from age 12 to around age 7.
The Apostolic Nunciature, the Vatican’s embassy in Ireland said while its expected the pontiff will travel to Ireland for the world meeting of families next August, nothing of the Pope’s travel programme has been decided.
They said a lot would depend on the Holy Father’s health if an Irish visit was to go ahead.
Local historian John Flynn who has carried out extensive research on Nellie Organ said a Papal visit to Spike would undoubtedly help boost her case for sainthood.
Last Friday 25 August at the dedication of a reflection room devoted to the “angle child” on the island, Bishop John Buckley presented a cause for her canonisation.
Many have claimed miraculous healing following an intercession from Nellie Organ.
Among those who claim miraculous healing are the family of 27 year old Christopher Wyse.
Born with Rubenstein Taybi Syndrome an extremely rare genetic disorder, with an estimated prevalence of one case per 125,000 live births.
Rubenstein Taybi Syndrome is primarily characterised by delayed growth in height and weight, microcephaly, dysmorphic facial features and broad thumbs and big toe.
While those born with the condition generally live to adulthood, doctors had just given Christopher months to live.
Praying for a miracle Christopher’s father, Henry, brought him to Nellie’s graveside where he placed the three month old on the grave.
“They weren’t expecting that child to survive he had so many complications. I remember the words he said. Nellie, you know what suffering is you know what we are going through please ask Jesus to give me back my son” Christopher’s aunt Mary Harris tells the East Cork Journal.
Shortly afterwards young Christopher started putting on weight previously he wasn’t taking his feeds.
There are a number of stages to go through before being recognised as a saint in the Catholic Church.
The first step is a servant of God. Then it’s venerable, then beatification and the final stage is Canonisation. Each part comes with specific criteria to be achieved.
“The main thing now is to promote devotion to Nellie through the distribution of leaflets, prayer cards etc. it’s so important to promote devotion to her.” Bishop Buckley told the large crowd that gathered.

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