Friday, April 3, 2009

Miracles through Pope John Paul's Intercession?

This is amazing news!   I first read this at WDTPRS and I pray these miracles prove to be accepted by the Church to move forward the beatification and canonization of John Paul the Great!  The following comes from the Daily Mail:

A child crippled by a kidney tumour was able to walk again after praying at the tomb of Pope John Paul II on the eve of the fourth anniversary of the late pontiff's death, it was claimed last night.

The nine-year-old Polish boy was brought to St Peter's Basilica on a pilgrimage to the grave of the Polish pope who died on April 2 2005.

Last night Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, the former private secretary of Pope John Paul, said that after praying at the tomb in the crypt of the Rome basilica he 'suddenly' started walking again.

'He was brought in a wheelchair because he wasn't able to walk,' the cardinal said. As soon as the boy emerged from the basilica, he told his parents: ''I want to walk.' He got up and started walking, healthy,' the prelate said.

He said the boy is from Gdansk, the Polish seaport known as the birthplace of the Solidarity movement which helped bring down decades of Communist rule in John Paul's homeland in the late 1980s.

If investigations reveal that there are no scientific explanations for the child's recovery, the healing may be put forward as the miracle needed to declare John Paul II 'blessed'. A second miracle will be required to declare him a saint.

Pope Benedict XVI marked the fourth anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II with a memorial Mass yesterday and new prayers for his predecessor's beatification.

Benedict presided over an evening Mass at St. Peter's Basilica in which he recalled how beloved John Paul was, particularly among young Catholics.

'How many priestly vocations ... are linked to the testimony and preaching of my venerated predecessor!' Benedict said in urging young people to continue joining the priesthood and religious life.

Pope Benedict XVI holds the pastoral staff as he marks the fourth anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II
Later, Benedict descended to the grottos underneath St. Peter's and knelt for a few minutes of silent prayer before his predecessor's simple, marble tomb, decorated with a red rose.

The Pope sprinkled holy water in blessing before returning to the basilica upstairs and greeting some of the pilgrims.

The Pope told Polish pilgrims on Wednesday that he was praying for John Paul's beatification, the first step to possible sainthood.

Only a month after John Paul's death in 2005, Benedict put him on the fast track for sainthood by waiving the usual five years before a person's life and works can be examined. Vatican officials say the process is taking its course, and the required miracle has been identified for examination.

One possible miracle involves the curing of a French nun with Parkinson's disease.

Cardinal Dziwisz said 'there is always hope' that John Paul II will be announced a saint before the fifth anniversary of his death. But in an interview with Polish TVN24 television, he said the process must go though all necessary stages 'so there can be no doubt.'

The cardinal - who now heads John Paul's old diocese of Krakow, Poland - indicated there was no shortage of potential cases of possible miracles to investigate.

The head of the Vatican's saint-making office, Archbishop Angelo Amato, SDB, said the process already got a boost when Benedict waived the five-year waiting period.

In an interview with Vatican Radio, he said the process must actually be more rigorous and thorough for a pope like John Paul since he was so well-known.

'Promptness doesn't mean speed or superficiality; on the contrary this requires care and professionalism,' Amato said.

The parliament in Poland, the pope's homeland, observed a minute of silence yesterday to mark the anniversary. Masses and prayers were also being held across Poland.

1 comment:

beverly said...

dear Sir,
I had written a detailed blog on my miracle, if u did not recieve I will write again.
Althea Overbey