Blessed John Paul II gestures to the crowd at World Youth Day in Denver in 1993. (CNS file photo/Joe Rimkus Jr.)
While an official announcement from the Vatican has yet to
be made, various Italian media outlets are reporting that a second miracle
attributed to the intercession of Blessed John Paul II has been approved. If those
reports are accurate, confirmation by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints
and Pope Francis is all that remains before the late pontiff can be
Catholic News Service’s Cindy Wooden reports:
The Italian news agency ANSA and many Italian papers say
Vatican sources confirmed June 18 that the theological consultants to the
Congregation for Saints' Causes affirmed that the description of prayers and
events surrounding an alleged miracle provide evidence that the healing was
accomplished through the intercession of the late pope.
congregation's board of physicians had said in April that there was no natural,
medical explanation for the healing, which apparently involves a woman from
Latin America healed May 1, 2011, just hours after Blessed John Paul was
if the news about the theological consultants is true, the cardinals who are
members of the congregation still must vote on whether to recommend that the
pope recognize the healing as a miracle. The papal decree is needed before a
canonization date can be set.
Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow, Blessed John Paul's longtime secretary,
and many others are hoping the canonization can be celebrated in October around
the 35th anniversary of Pope John Paul's election Oct. 16, 1978.