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Miracle confirmed; Paul VI to be beatified in October?

May 06, 2014

The Congregation for the Causes of Saints has approved the authenticity of a miracle attributed to the intercession of Pope Paul VI, according to Andrea Tornielli of La Stampa.

If Pope Francis approves a decree testifying to the miracle, the way will be cleared for the beatification of Paul VI. Tornielli suggests that the beatification could be scheduled for October 19, to coincide with the conclusion of that month’s meeting of the Synod of Bishops.

The Vatican has not issued any formal comment on Tornielli’s report. Decisions of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints are not made public until they are ratified by the Pope—a step that could be expected within a few days.

The miracle attributed to Paul VI, Tornielli reports, involves the inexplicable cure of an unborn child who was diagnosed with multiple serious problems and was not expected to survive pregnancy. The child is now 13 years old. Last December a team of doctors commissioned by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints affirmed that there was no plausible medical explanation for the healing; a team of theologians later added their approval.


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  • Posted by: Defender - May. 07, 2014 11:50 AM ET USA

    What of Pius XII?

  • Posted by: koinonia - May. 06, 2014 10:00 PM ET USA

    This could potentially lead to the canonization of a third conciliar pontiff in an extraordinarily short amount of time. The push for beatification might be described without any unreasonable or emotional impetus as curious. There is only one other canonized pontiff in the past century. Pope Paul VI could be described reasonably as "conflicted" as the term goes. Again something of a curiosity all things being equal. After all Pius V was the last pope to be canonized prior to Pope St. Pius X.