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Former pope destined for sainthood


A second miracle attributed to the late pope John Paul II has been reported and he could be made a saint soon, Italy’s Panorama weekly said on Thursday, citing documents sent to the Vatican.

The miraculous healing occurred just weeks after John Paul II’s grandiose beatification on May 1 last year, which put him on the path to sainthood just six years after his death and was attended by over a million people.

The first miracle attributed to the late pope was the healing of a French nun, Sister Marie Simon-Pierre, who recovered from Parkinson’s disease.

To be officially certified as a miracle by the Catholic Church, healings have to be instantaneous, irreversible and without scientific explanation.

The second miracle, about which no details were reported, was chosen from among four reported miracles and documented by the promoter of Karol Wojtyla’s canonization, Bishop Slowomir Oder, Panorama said.

The magazine said the case was being studied by experts from the Congregation for the Cause of Saints and, if it occurred, could lead to the canonization of the late pope within the next 12 months.

Vatican spokesperson Federico Lombardi declined to comment on the report, stressing that only a decree from the congregation could confirm it.

Many Catholic faithful want John Paul II made a saint as soon as possible.


AFP/The Star Phoenix



  1. james provencher says:

    when I was in the navy during desert shield and storm, i had the privilage to attend midnight Mass at the Vatican. It was not for a couple of years ago, I looked at the photos I took. While Pope John Paul 2 was sitting on his chair during Mass, there appeared above his head a golden orb with rays coming out of it. I know that there were no lights like that during Mass. I believe that it is a miracle and that the visitation was that of an angel. Thanks, Jimmy

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