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2nd miracle approved? Canonization reportedly close for John Paul II

June 18, 2013

A panel of theologians has approved a miracle attributed to Blessed John Paul II, according to the Italian news service ANSA.

If the report is accurate, the approval could pave the way for the canonization of John Paul II this year—possibly in October, in time for the 35th anniversary of his election to the papacy.

ANSA reports that the theologians appointed by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to study a reported miracle have given their approval. Earlier this year a panel of doctors found that the cure was medically inexplicable. The Vatican has not confirmed the approval by either panel, and the nature of the reported miracle has not been disclosed.

If the miracle has been approved by both doctors and theologians, the only remaining steps would be the formal approval of the cardinals who make up the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, and the mandate from Pope Francis to schedule the canonization.


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