Should John Paul II Become a Patron Saint?
The Vatican has accepted proof of a second miracle having been performed by Pope John Paul II, the final step toward the deceased former pontiff officially becoming canonized toward Sainthood in the Catholic Church.
The Vatican requires proof of two bonafide miracles in order to even consider granting Sainthood to someone — the highest honor the Church can bestow upon an exceptionally pious individual after their death.
In 2011 the Vatican confirmed their stance that Pope John Paul II had cured Sister Marie Pierre Simon, a French nun, of Parkinson’s disease (the same disease that had taken his own life). After the Vatican hinted that another post-humous miracle was being evaluated, Catholics have been waiting for weeks to find out what the second "mystery" miracle was.
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The Inquisitr reported weeks ago that the Vatican had been considering the story of Floribeth Mora, a Costa Rican woman who had been inexplicably cured of a cerebral aneurism on May 1, 2011, the day of Pope John Paul II's beatification. (Beatification is the first official step toward Sainthood in the Catholic Church.)
The Boston Herald announced the surprising news that the Vatican would also be canonizing John XXIII, a popular pontiff who was beatified in 2000. Francis utilized his Papal authority to waive the two-miracle rule in choosing to elevate John XXIII to Sainthood.
Should the Vatican name Saint John Paul II a modern patron saint?
Is sainthood enough? Roughly 4.9 billion people alive today* knew of, read about, or were possibly affected by Pope John Paul II's work while alive. He was perhaps the most popular Pope in modern day history, with over 17 million people having traveled to the Vatican to hold audience with him.Continued on the next page