Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
VATICAN CITY

Vatican sources say second miracle approved for John Paul II

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Vatican City, June 18 - The process of declaring
former pope John Paul II a saint took a major step forward
Tuesday, when the board of theologians of the Congregation for
the Causes of Saints approved his second miracle.
Now, the proclamation of his sainthood needs only the
approval of the commission of cardinals and bishops and the
final signature of Pope Francis, Vatican sources have told ANSA.
It seems likely that John Paul II - who was beatified on
May 1, 2011 - will be proclaimed a saint on October 20,
approximately the 35th anniversary of his election as pope.
The first miracle attribute to John Paul was an
"inexplicable cure" - the first of two steps on the path to
sainthood.
The pontiff's successor Pope Benedict XVI, who abdicated
earlier this year, sanctioned the beatification after a Vatican
commission officially attributed as a miracle the inexplicable
recovery of a French nun, Sister Marie Simon-Pierre, from
Parkinson's Disease.
The Vatican ruled that that came through the intervention
of John Paul II.
The second miracle that will be attributed to him remains a
closely guarded secret but sources say it will "amaze the
world".
The Catholic Church has been keenly awaiting the
canonisation of the charismatic John Paul II, one of the most
popular popes in history, since he died in 2005 aged 84.

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