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Canonization this year for John Paul II?

Catholic World News - April 22, 2013

A panel of doctors has confirmed that there is no medical explanation for a healing attributed to the intercession of Blessed John Paul II, according to Andrea Tornielli of La Stampa. If theologians and cardinals recognize the healing as a miracle, it will fulfill the requirements for the canonization of the late Pontiff.

A medical dossier regarding the reported miracle was submitted to the Vatican in January, Tornielli reports. The doctors who studied the case agreed that the healing was inexplicable. The case will now be examined by a panel of theologians appointed by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. If their report is also favorable, the cardinals who serve on that Congregation would also be asked to certify the miracle, and then, with the Pope’s approval, the canonization of John Paul II could be scheduled.

Tornielli suggests that because the Congregation for the Causes of Saints has moved quickly with the case, it is possible that John Paul II could be declared a saint before the end of 2013.

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  • Posted by: mario.f.leblanc5598 - Apr. 27, 2013 11:02 PM ET USA

    The comment by hartwood01 does appear to have merit, but isn't a canonization a magisterial teaching that binds the faith? And who says a saint is someone who never made serious mistakes? I don't feel the rules are being twisted beyond what is reasonable, considering the magnitude of blessed JPIIs work, before and during his papacy.

  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Apr. 23, 2013 7:32 PM ET USA

    What's the rush to canonize a pope who turned a blind eye to the sex abusers in the clergy and did not permit Ratzinger to clean house? If he is truly deserving,can we no have more time to let the dust settle? Some information takes more than a decade to come to light. Maybe we'll have another first in the history of the Church,a declared saint who found not deserving of the title.

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