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Vatican investigates second John Paul II miracle

By on Friday, 9 March 2012

The healing is said to have occurred weeks after John Paul II was beatified last May (Photo: CNS)

The healing is said to have occurred weeks after John Paul II was beatified last May (Photo: CNS)

A second miracle attributed to Blessed Pope John Paul II is being investigated by the Vatican, according to Italian media reports.

No details have emerged about the healing, reports of which have been sent to the Congregation for the Cause of Saints, but it is said to have occurred weeks after John Paul II’s beatification on May 1 last year, which was attended by over a million people.

The first miracle attributed to the late pope was the healing of a French nun, Sister Marie Simon-Pierre, who recovered from Parkinson’s disease.

The second alleged miracle was chosen from among four reported miracles and documented by the promoter of Karol Wojtyła’s canonisation, Bishop Slowomir Oder, according to Italy’s Panorama magazine.

Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi declined to comment on the report, stressing that only a decree from the saints’ congregation could confirm it. Benedict XVI began the beatification process in May 2005, citing “exceptional circumstances” that meant the usual five year waiting period could be waived.

In November 2009 the congregation voted unanimously that John Paul II had lived a life of virtue, and the following month Pope Benedict signed the declaration that recognised that John Paul II had lived a “heroic, virtuous life”.

Reports by medical and legal experts on the case of Sister Marie were submitted to the dicastery for examination the following October and were recognised as a miracle in January 2011.

Sister Marie was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2001 and by 2005 was rapidly deteriorating, unable to write and barely able to drive. She described hearing the news of John Paul’s death as like the “world caving in”.

A cure arrived a few weeks after her fellow Sisters began to pray for her cure through the intercession of John
Paul II.

  • Jack McFall

    This is a dangerous road for the Catholic church to be going, because any reported miracle with have to withstand scientific and forensic scrutiny. The Church is taking a risk especially when the whole concept of everlasting life sainthood are bring seriously questioned. So many Catholic Church miracles have not, and do not withstand objective scrutiny. If there are accusations of fraud and use of slight-of-hand “flim-flam” techniques, then this will devalue the Catholic Church even more and bring about it’s demise even sooner.

  • John Byrne

    Jack McFall is right.
    I’ve looked at this topic over the last few days and have noted the total lack of interest – even among the “traditional” cradle Catholics.

    “Miracles” are a source of embarrassment to many thinking Catholics. The notion of miracles feels better in Italy, Spain (probably Africa and South America too) and, until very recently, in parts of Eastern Europe, but is viewed as fairly absurd elsewhere. 

    It’s very noticeable that modern “miracles” are much less dramatic (no parting of the waves, no water into wine, no voices booming from the heavens….etc) than those of times past. 

  • Veritas

    Might I suggest Mr. Byrne and Mt. McFall actually research the process by which miracles are investigated before they declare them as an “embarrasment”, “absurd”, or “dangerous”. Catholicism is a supernatural religion. God did not stop working 2000 years ago. If you want to be a rationalist join the Anglicans or Unitarians.

  • Jeannine

    Actually many miracles resulting from the prayerful intercession of a saint that the Magisterium approves has undergone scrupulous scientific investigation by experts in the appropriate fields. 

    Yet, in past yrs(1980s?) the Magisterium appointed a commission to investigate all recognized saints & their miracles, esp for those saints recognized prior to a canonization process. As a result, there were a few saints dropped from the calendar or even their official saint status withdrawn, because the miracles did not withstand the scientific inquiry.

  • John Byrne

    Jeannie writes:
    “Actually many miracles resulting from the prayerful intercession of a saint that the Magisterium approves has undergone scrupulous scientific investigation by experts in the appropriate fields.”

    I would be interested in any case where this is so. However I do not agree that any such cases exist.
    The whole silliness of miracles has its roots in lunatic ancient superstition.
    The Church would perhaps be rid of the idea today had it not been for Cardinal Newman, who in his second-childhood wrote so much about miracles and his view that they would be “expected” of God.

  • John Byrne

    I did not declare miracles to be an embarrassment (“ss”, by the way) or absurd – although I do believe them to be.
    I said that many Catholics find them to be such, including senior clerics in the Church.

    May I draw your attention to the marked change in the “miracles” of modern times vis-a-vis those of more superstitious times.
    No more booming voices from the clouds, no more flying houses ….etc etc. .

  • Guest

    “Flying houses”??? lol. loco… 

  • John Byrne

    Google “the flying house of Loreto”.

  • Bart_0117

    “Thinking Catholics” lol You mean those who read the most edifying “thinking man’s papers”? (and we all know which one I am talking about, right?) Spare me your “enlightened” modernist speech. Many Catholics are happy to live in the era where genuine miracles are taken as a manifestation of God’s power over nature. How dare you accuse your fellow Catholics as mindless medievalists? Why do you have the insolence to think your opinion is more “reasonable” than others’?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BSNPKCU4VPHBK4ZKLZICM6LISI conor

    The comments on this post are absurd, you are willing to beleive that their is an omnipotent God who created the world and life, but you find it embarrassing to suggest that miracles might happen? If you looked into how miracles are approved you would see that they are only approved when science cannot explain what has happened.

    Read the bible, Jesus gives the disciples the power to cure illnesses and cast out demons etc. This “power” is certainly something that people with faith (the size of mustard seed could move a mountain) are able to do through the intercession of God and the saints.

  • Anonymous

    If you’ve never seen it, it didn’t happen and can’t happen, right John?

  • Matthew Tan Kim Huat

    God bless! Miraculous healings still occur to many ordinary people and science cannot explain.  Read http://academictips.org/blogs/triumph-over-cancer/ where a panel of 10 professorial oncologists with combined 200+ years of cancer experiences were lost for words when an American, Don Heding of Beaver Dam, Wisc. suddenly recovered from a brink of imminent death. 2.  My wife at the age of 45 (young) suffered severe osteo porrhosis and rheumatoid arthritis and on wheel-chair went with 40 Singaporean parishioners of St. Francis Xavier Church as pilgrims to Lourdes in 1996. After the Lourdes bath, she was able to walk without the aid of the wheel-chair.  3. My own 5yrs old grandson was suffering almost monthly for two years extremely painful ankle pains; several visits to A & E of the Children’s Hospital (K.K.H) and doctors could not explain but termed them “Growing Pains”.   Although I have been in the prayer and healing Charismatic ministry, 2 yrs of persistent prayers were not having any improvement on my grandson!  On Apr 1, 2006 my grandson was crying for two years from midnite and frequently shouted to us to cut off his leg to our horrors!  Suddenly, God prompted me “Look at Papa John photo”. So I encouraged Marcus to look at Papa John (late Pope John);  the moment he looked at the photo, within few seconds, the painful screamings suddenly stopped.  To-date, there have been no more occurence.  Praise the Lord!

    Over the past 20 yrs, I have experienced so many miraculous healings, even among non-believers, atheists, communist officials, agnostics, Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, Jains, lapsed Christians, etc.

  • Matthew Tan Kim Huat

     Sorry for typo error!  Crying for two years = two hours!

  • Mrwilliamox

    My mom gave Pope JP2 a high five, when she went to Rome. My mom died in 2005. She, also, is a saint. She died a martyr.

  • Matthewtankimhuat

    God bless and The Lord be with you!   We believe in every word of the Bible and the Sacred Tradition and the Magisterium.  As an international manufacturer & exporter of tungsten products, I have a personal prayer & healing mission: The Good News Mission, Evangelistic Mission to bring Dr. Jesus Christ, Mt 9:12, Mk 2:17, Lk 5:31, 19:10
    Savior & Lord, to everyone we meet, & let them experience the
    Omnipresent Healing Touch of Jesus Christ, & experience personal
    transformation
     
    Tel:  HP  65-9021-0092;  Home 65-6467-2293  http://www.catholic.net/ & Skype address:  matthewtankimhuat. Email addresses:   matthewtankimhuat@gmail.com.

    Combining business and evangelisation, I have seen hundreds of instanteous healings, cures and miracles.  I act in faith on Jesus’ promises and assurances.

    Jesus Lord and Saviour assures those who believe, John 14:12-13 “12
    “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me will also do the
    works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I go
    to the Father.

    13
    Whatever you ask in my name, I will do it, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”

    Cigarette addiction? No problem at all in the Holy Name of Jesus!   During business discussions, I got many requests from non-Christians, pagans, atheists, lapsed Christians, sceptics, etc. how to give up smoking.  I taught them a 20-seconds healing prayer.  Instanteous giving up of smoking, gambling, drugs, wine, women and songs, sins, etc.  The Chinese Communist trade officials in Zhuzhou, Hunan, were so sceptical  and laughed at me when I met them for dinner and after I related an instanteous healing of deep psychological anger of a trade manager in Zhengzhou, Henan, China, in the same morning.  Yet two days later, when I returned to Singapore, he faxed me: “God has visited China.  I had weekly terrible migraine and needed day’s rest from work.  I did what you told us, asked Jesus to help me.  My migraine just disappeared!”   That morning the Zhengzhou trade manager was relating he was a divorcee and very deeply hurt from the broken relationship.  He accepted my invitation to pray with and for him after he exclaimed “Shyr Shyr kann!”  I.e. Let me see what yr God can do for me!” though very sceptical as he was an avowed atheist, mathematician and micro-wave technology expert who could not accept anything not proven by formulae, or touched or physically sensed. As I was praying over him and in tongue, he started to laugh out loud.  I asked him what happened as I could not pray in Chinese [not used to it].   He told me that he was taking the whole incidence and invitation as a terrible joke and as a sceptical scientist.  Then suddenly a high-heat fire rushed down from his head down to his chest and then to his toes.  He felt “liberated” in Communist slang lingo from heaviness to like a floating feather and his past hurts just melted away.  Suddenly, he sprang up from the low sofa: “Woo siang sin Jesus” i.e. “I believe in Jesus!” Praise the Lord!    No need of bible quotation, theological argument and discussion!   He asked if God’s Holy Spirit came to him.  I never discussed with him about Trinity and the power of the Holy Spirit!!!!!!  I just replied “You said so!”

  • 676aldhelmstown710

     

    Dear Veritas,

    I am a member of
    the Church of England and for the last two years my Church in Malmesbury has
    been holding a four hour Healing in the Streets session every Saturday. We have
    a few billboards giving information about Healing in the Streets and there is a
    nearby sheltered place where people can have privacy. If need be we have a
    nearby converted café which our church owns and people can sit down, talk in
    depth about their problems be they Spiritual, Mental, Physical Emotional or a
    combination of them, We don’t ask the people we have been praying for to get in
    touch with us but many do, We have identified definite cases of what I can only
    say constitutes miraculous healing, We now have cases of people coming a hundred
    miles or more because they have heard that something good  is happening in Malmesbury. When Christ gave
    the gift of healing he did not just give it out to the people living in his
    time but for all time.

    The problem today
    is that many people do not put their faith in God; they trust the transitory things
    of today but to turn humbly, penitential to Christ and think of his words as in
    St. Matthew’s Gospel “For Lo I am with you, even to the end of the World”.  

    Luke
    9:49 “Master,” said John, “we saw a man driving out demons in
    your name and we tried to stop him, because he is not one of us.”

    Luke
    9:50 “Do not stop him,” Jesus said, “for whoever is
    not against you is for you.”

    Dear Veritas,

    I am a member of
    the Church of England and for the last two years my Church in Malmesbury has
    been holding a four hour Healing in the Streets session every Saturday. We have
    a few billboards giving information about Healing in the Streets and there is a
    nearby sheltered place where people can have privacy. If need be we have a
    nearby converted café which our church owns and people can sit down, talk in
    depth about their problems be they Spiritual, Mental, Physical Emotional or a
    combination of them, We don’t ask the people we have been praying for to get in
    touch with us but many do, We have identified definite cases of what I can only
    say constitutes miraculous healing, We now have cases of people coming a hundred
    miles or more because they have heard that something good  is happening in Malmesbury. When Christ gave
    the gift of healing he did not just give it out to the people living in his
    time but for all time.

    The problem today
    is that many people do not put their faith in God; they trust the transitory things
    of today but to turn humbly, penitential to Christ and think of his words as in
    St. Matthew’s Gospel “For Lo I am with you, even to the end of the World”.  

    Luke
    9:49 “Master,” said John, “we saw a man driving out demons in
    your name and we tried to stop him, because he is not one of us.”

    Luke
    9:50 “Do not stop him,” Jesus said, “for whoever is
    not against you is for you.”

  • Johndaly23

    Prayer is the most powerful force in the world, you should try it some time, pray with a sincere heart and god will listen.

  • Andyfreer

    i love pope john 11 and not suprised of his healing i also pray to him to change my life around but nothing so far i know he wont let me down

  • http://www.vatican.va/ Rulz

    Thumbs up, although I’d advise being part of the Catholic faith.

  • Marcy Castro

    Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:29

  • Matthew Tan Kim Huat

    God bless! If we treat God Almighty as an Automatic Vending Machine, i.e., put in our prayers and press the right button, God will surely answer our prayers. But in what way? He always answers prayers but in His way! Will explain more tomorrow as now leaving for The Divine Mercy Devotion. Have u tried this Devotion? Things change as God’s way of planning!

  • http://www.facebook.com/deogratias.sikhosana Deogratias Sikhosana

    I believe to have Passed my University examination at the University of Dar es Salaam in 2012 as a result of Faithful prayers to God through The Blessed John Paul II. I used to write a short prayer at the back of an answer sheet. At the end I passed the exams.

  • http://www.facebook.com/deogratias.sikhosana Deogratias Sikhosana

    I believe Pope John Paul II is making miracles, for those who pray through his help

  • Spetmologer

    Many will always claim any miracle to be a hoax, but when other explanations are excluded,what is left ?