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Beatification next year for John Paul II?

October 15, 2010

The cause for beatification of Pope John Paul II has cleared another hurdle, with the report that doctors have no scientific explanation for a cure attributed to his influence, according to reports circulating in Rome this week.

The reports—which the Vatican has not confirmed—say that two doctors appointed to examine the healing of Sister Marie Simon-Pierre, a French nun who was suddenly cured of Parkinson’s disease, found no natural explanation for her healing. The report from the two doctors will reportedly be heard by a full committee in December. If the full report is positive, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints will then examine the case, and could ask Pope Benedict to certify the healing as a miracle.

If the reports are accurate, and the process continues without a snag, the Pope could approve the miracle in the early part of 2011, setting the stage for the beatification of John Paul II before the end of the year.


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  • Posted by: skladach - Oct. 23, 2010 11:03 AM ET USA

    Anything written by George Weigel would help Justin to put his grievances in the proper perspective.

  • Posted by: Justin8110 - Oct. 16, 2010 9:01 AM ET USA

    If the Church makes a saint of him I have no choice but to accept it but I don't see, apart from any supposed miracles, just why the man who kissed the Koran, allowed modernism and liberalism and the sex abuse scandal to go on unchecked and allowed for the Asissi debacle and the disasterous and embarassing WYD could have possibly been a saint. If anything I think we ought to wait a few decades to see what good, if any, he did for the Faith in the long run.