An island republic
goes to insane lengths to canonize its most famous resident
Juanita di Perli was a young woman when she decided to live
the rest of her life on a table-top. She called it God’s will, but for the
order of nuns that sprang up around her, Juanita’s devotion was a curse. For
decades they did the bidding of the holy grouch, and the entire island of San
Juan el Pirata sighed with relief when she died.
Twenty years later, the islanders fight for Juanita’s
canonization—not because they liked her, but because a local saint would be a
tourist boon. The only thing keeping the island poor is the Archduke, who
refuses to ask Rome to consider Juanita for sainthood. His stubbornness may get
him dethroned or worse, for nothing will stop his subjects in their pursuit of
Juanita’s holy cause. Download and start listening now!