Vatican to announce John Paul II ‘miracle’

Commentary by: Gordon King

Hmmmm….I am of the belief that “all” Christians are saints.  So, now we can pray for John Paul II to save us from our afflictions?  I don’t think so!  The only one I will be praying to is God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.  Amen    What do you think? 

The Vatican has secretly attributed a mystery miracle to the late John Paul II, clearing the way for him to be declared a saint.

The Vatican has secretly attributed a mystery miracle to the late John Paul II, clearing the way for him to be declared a saint.

Pope John Paul II in 2004 Photo: REUTERS/Max Rossi

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The Holy See has yet to reveal what the miracle was or where and when it took place but Vatican sources said it would “amaze the world”.

It concerns the “extraordinary healing” of a Costa Rican woman who was cured of a severe brain injury after her family began praying to the memory of the late Polish pope, according to reports in the Italian media.

Details of the miracle are likely to be announced at the end of this month or at the beginning of July, a Vatican insider told The Daily Telegraph.

John Paul II was beatified — the first step towards sainthood — in a lavish outdoor ceremony in St Peter’s Square in May 2011.

The second miracle — which is required in order for him to be given full sainthood — reportedly occurred on the very day of his beatification.

It has reportedly been recognised by theologians from the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints, which is in charge of examining the “dossiers” of candidates for sainthoods.

It now has to be signed off by a commission of cardinals and bishops, which is expected to happen within the next few weeks.

John Paul’s first attributed miracle was the apparent healing of a French nun, Sister Marie Simon-Pierre.

Her recovery from Parkinson’s disease after praying for the late pope’s “intercession” had no medical explanation, the Catholic Church maintains.

The Polish pontiff is likely to be formally made a saint in the autumn — either on Oct 20 or Nov 24.

The canonisation ceremony is likely to be attended by hundreds of thousands of Catholic faithful and will be presided over by Pope Francis, who was elected in March.

“The canonisation of Karol Wojtyla will be the crowning glory of the recent history of Catholicism, linking the last three pontificates,” Saverio Gaeta, who wrote a biography of John Paul II, told La Stampa newspaper.

9 thoughts on “Vatican to announce John Paul II ‘miracle’

  1. the late pope was indeed a great man,a holy man,who had true faith.although i dont think,he interceded on these occasions.the costa rican woman,who had injuries and recovered,is truely remarkable,but as we all know the brain is complex organ,capable of shutting down to repair itself,or reprogrammed if need be.as proved by spine injury patients,who are now able to walk after using their brain to send differnt signals.the fact that her family in costa rica where praying to the late pope brings in coincidence,and the praying to him and recovery of both these people can not be proved scientifaclly,in the same way there is supposedlly no medical or scientific explanaiton of their recovery.this is about faith,or is it?it seems to me that rome investigates(not openely),discuss behind closed doors,then all catholics will be told to have faith in their belief it was a miracle.the late was pontif was indeed a good and holy man,who was well loved by his flock,but recently,certain numbers of catholics have had to hear some shocking revelations and news stories have been rife with corruption etc,im not saying making this great man a saint is aimed at reaching out to dissaffected catholics,disallusioned with romes guidance, since his death, but it certainly can be construed that this would help the current pontiff connect with the factions in the church,whilst swelling numbers at mass.not to mntion the great public relations for rome.as regards the actual miracles themselves, too much secrecy means the whole procces will always be viewed with scepticism.a question of faith?question your faith.

  2. The real question is not about faith. It is about praying to saints. We as Christians are all saints. If we pray to saints, then we are claiming them to be devine! Apparently the Catholic church thinks that only saints whom they have ordained as such are truly saints, and that we should speak to God through them, and not to God directly. This is in contrast to what Jesus himself told us. God Bless

  3. sir,these two incidents attributed to the late pope.whom i loved and respected as a holy,humble and great man,will shortly be pronounced as miracles.therefore catholics around the world,whether they believe it or not,and as a matter of faith.believe them miricales.no one is saying,for instance,this man was our direct voice to god,many many catholics prayed to god through him for many years,did god not intercede then? of the many good works and deeds the man carried out on gods behalf,why these two instances?why not make the late pope a saint,because of the work he done documented?,which can be judged more on merit than secrecy?

  4. Every human who has ever lived is a sinner. Not one was worthy to be accepted into heaven, only Jesus himself was found worthy. All true Christians “are” saints. Even the angels themselves tell us not to pray to them. Jesus saved us so that we can communicate directly to him, not through other saints.

    If you want to pray to a saint then go ahead. That is your right. But, for me, I shall pray directly to God. For he is the only Holy one.

  5. sir,i replied to you post,with regards john paul and his elevation to saint hood.it also seems,you are mis-interprating what in trying to say, with regards this subject, as your last two posts,have sort of wandered off subject.but i shall try here and use whats said in your own replies,as the very reason i view this whole”elevation to saint”situation with some sceptisism.by your own understanding of christianity,all men are saints.you also say all men are sinners.jesus said,”no man gets to the house of god exept throuh me”.you say we all can speak with god.athough no man is worthy of a place in heaven.if we are all men,created by god,to be saint/sinner,worthy/unworthy,why would we need to have any saints or religion etc?the world is just too cruel a place for for every man to be able to do this.or is it the case that pope benidict was correct,when he stated.”it seemed.that sometimes god isnt listining.?i hope i have in no way offended you,as that is not my intention.

  6. You said before that you referred to the Pope as Holy. And that he deserved sainthood. Well, we are all saints if we are truly Christians. We are not worthy. No one is. Do you not believe this? We are only found worthy through the blood of Jesus. That’s it, that’s all, nothing more, nothing less. Jesus made us white as snow, and worthy to go to heaven. Not any man, least we should boast.

    I have not wondered off of any subject. Perhaps you are not understanding me. Perhaps you are a Catholic. Well, that is your choice, we all have a free will. I am only stating what I believe is the truth. You are free to believe what you wish.

    You have not offended me at all. I am not religious in the least. I am a child of God, the creator of the universe. I love God with all my heart. There is nothing in this world that will save me other than through the death and resurrection of Jesus. That’s it. Period.

    God Bless! 🙂

  7. gordon,i indeed did say pope john paul II, in my humble opinion,was a good holy man,who while serving god,did numerous good deeds,in his name.i refer to his “being a holy man”,with regards to his faith,in his own religion.nothing what so ever to do with my own beliefes or views on religion.i have kept my own council on this matter,as i feel its not relivant to our discussion.my point,if i can state it clearly,(hopefully) was, that in my opion,the catholic church has,in the past few years,has been going through quite a lot of change,turmoil,for one reason or another.numerous catholics/christians,have been some what disallusioned.wether we choose to exept that or not.im pointing out to you sir,that the whole issue and the secrecy,etc with regards the late popes elevation,can be construed as a way to get those dissaffested catholics/christians by to the flock.whlist at the same time ,looking to outsiders,like its all a great piece of publicity for rome.effectivly killing 3 birds with one stone,1.catholics disallusioned since the late popes death,would again be turning to the church,where this to happen.2.it would help draw a line under pope benidicts time in office.3,his elevation to saint hood,would be great public relations for the vatican and by proxy,the current pontiff.enabling him to connect with catholics/christians.this is what makes me a cinic.of all his work while pope,there is nothing but these two,very suspect instances,of which many followers of the faith,are not allowed to question,being decicided by rome,that these are miracles of god.as you say sir,he was already a saint for many people,to elevate him so soon and over these two supposed “miracle” instances,just looks to be as i say,above.great pr.can i ask if you believe pope john paul

  8. performed two miracles of god here?or can it ever be proved it was.it has been interesting for me though.this discussion we have had.as you say,i have certainly got confused with some of your remarks.you are a non religous man,who loves god jesus ect.who believes we are all saints who are born sinners,can all talk directly to the creator although we are not worthy of his love,whos son died to make us white as snow,but still every human is born a sinner.i know this is all off point but you have contradicted yourself so many times,i feel,i shall never understand.needless to say i remain sceptical over the whole issue of the late popes elevation to sainthood,with regards these two very secretive “miracle”and am of the opinion.no one will be able to state these two instances were in fact,god work.thank you sir,and as i say,it has been interesting.god bless you,whom ever that may be

  9. I agree that the Catholic church is using this for PR. I believe that miracles are a gift from God. We can be given this gift from the Holy Spirit.
    Whether or not he performed such miracles, I do not know.

    I do not see how I contradicted myself. I am a Christian. That does not mean that I am religious. I do not believe that I have to “do” certain things to get to heaven or be saved. That is what I mean by religious. Such as in the Catholic church. I am a Christian, I love God with all of my heart, mind and soul. What else do I need?

    God bless.

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