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Miracle approved, beatification looming for John Paul II?

January 12, 2011

recognized a miracle attributed to the intercession of Pope John Paul II, according to reliable reports in Rome. The final approval of the miracle would fulfill all the conditions for the beatification of the late Polish Pontiff.

The Vatican has not offered any official comment on the report. The decisions of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints are not made public until they gain the Pope’s approval.

Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, will meet soon with Pope Benedict XVI. The Pope’s approval would make the decision official, and the beatification ceremony could be scheduled for later this year.

The members of the Congregation met on January 11 to vote on the reported miracle, in which a French nun, Sister Marie Simon-Pierre, was inexplicably healed from Parkinson’s disease. Teams of theologians and medical experts had already investigated the case and reported that it appeared to be miraculous.

The beatification of Pope John Paul II would draw huge crowds to Rome, and Vatican officials would probably want ample time to plan the ceremony. A beatification in October seems likely-- although a ceremony in April, at around the 6th anniversary of the death of John Paul II, cannot be ruled out.


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  • Posted by: happyseaotter8027 - Jan. 13, 2011 7:03 PM ET USA

    Justin, if a miracle occurred it occurred. It doesn't matter what you think or what I think. If John Paul II meets the criteria for beatification, that is what will happen. Personally he has always been an inspiration to me, both as Pope and as a remarkable human being who had a large part in breaking through the Iron Curtain. I was impressed when he became Pope and took his predecessor's name in his honor. I believe it will happen. You're right - it's up to the Church. God bless!!

  • Posted by: Pro Deo et Hibernia - Jan. 12, 2011 8:54 PM ET USA

    Justin8110- I agree with you about the Koran, but I think you're also being rather hasty to dismiss World Youth Day as "neo-modernist." It means so much to young people like me to know that the Church cares for us and wishes to root us firmly in Christ admist the slings and arrows of our secular culture. Also, I know so many young people who pursued priesthood/religious life because of WYD. Last, I attended WYD Sydney (2008) myself and I assure you that the Holy Spirit was quite present there!

  • Posted by: Justin8110 - Jan. 12, 2011 6:04 PM ET USA

    I just don't believe it will actually happen. While Pope John Paul II was a good and devout man some of the things he did and said over the course of his long pontificate seemed to be jarring breaks with Catholic Tradition (Assissi, Koran kissing, the neo modernist WYD) but at the same time I know of many people who either became Catholic or stayed Catholic because of him and so I will leave the judgment of him to the Church. JPII and the hype surrounding him are a mystery to me.