The late Pope John Paul II may be officially recognized as a saint for a reported “mystery miracle” that he performed.
Vatican officials have attributed a “mystery miracle” to John Paul II, and are set to announce it to the world. The Holy See hasn’t said when they will reveal what the miracle was, but they promise that it will “amaze the world.”
Insiders report that the miracle involves the “extraordinary healing” of a Costa Rican woman who had a severe brain injury. Her family began praying to the memory of the late pope, Italian media reports.
Details of the miracle, including the “who, when and where” may be revealed at the end of this month or at the beginning of July, according to The Daily Telegraph.
Pope John Paul II’s path to sainthood has long been in motion. He was beatified (the first step toward sainthood) in May 2011.
The second miracle, which is required for full sainthood, reportedly occurred on the day of his beatification.
The second miracle was apparently recognized by theologians from the Vatican’s Congregation of the Causes of the Saints, which examines potential sainthood cases.
Pope John Paul’s first recognized miracle was the healing of a French Nun, Sister Marie Simon-Pierre. She recovered from Parkinson’s disease after praying for the late pope to intercede. Her healing had no medical explanation, according to the Catholic Church.
The late Polish pontiff will likely be made a saint this autumn, either on October 20 or November 24.
What do you think of Pope John Paul II’s imminent sainthood? Could he have really performed a “mystery miracle” that will “amaze the world?” Sound off!
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