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The Vatican has approved the the last miracle needed to confirm John Paul II’s sainthood, says the Italian news agency ANSA. All that’s needed is a signature from Pope Francis.

    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.

Two confirmed miracles are needed for sainthood; they must be “instantaneous, permanent, and with no scientific explanation.” The first, which was necessary for his beatification occurred “just six months after his death in 2005.”

    That was the healing of a French nun, Sister Marie Simon-Pierre, whose recovery from Parkinson’s disease after praying for the late John Paul II’s “intercession” had no medical explanation.

    The second miracle reportedly took place on the very day that John Paul II was beatified in a lavish ceremony in St Peter’s Square on May 1, 2011, and was the healing of a woman from Costa Rica.

    John Paul II was hugely popular through his 27-year papacy, and at his funeral in 2005, crowds of mourners cried “Santo Subito!” — which roughly translates as “Sainthood Now!”

    According to reports in the daily La Stampa on Tuesday, the late pontiff could be formally canonised at the close of the “year of faith” along with one of his predecessors, John XXIII.
http://www.ansa.it/web/notizie/collectio...90851.html

(ANSA) - 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.
Further news.

http://news.msn.com/world/john-paul-ii-c...ican-panel

The reasoning for 2 popes at the same time  raises my eyebrows.
It is so the National Catholic Reporter types won't be crying foul when JP II is canonized after just 8 years of death, and their guy, John XXIII has waited 50 years............................................they'll be happy with "Good Pope" John being named a saint. Oh they'll still cry about Dorothy Day and Teilhard de Chardin not being saints, but at least they'll have John XXIII........................
I thought his second miracle was already documented for Bl. John Paul II. What I'd like to hear is how many miracles are there for Pope Pius XII's cause. He's my kind of Pope, besides he was my first Pope.

tim
Co-sign. Pope Pius XII is also (by far) my favorite Pope.........As if being fluent in half-a-dozen languages as well as being able to recite the entire pre-Vatican II (obviously) Divine Office from memory wasn't impressive enough - he knew how to use a typewriter. ;-) [Image: 946749_10200225038334313_372266314_n.jpg]
Is this a competition? I hope not. I am happy with any intercessors God grants to us. With that said, I know we have devotions, and I know PXII will be raised to the altar sooner or later. His life and teaching was exemplary.
(07-02-2013, 08:34 PM)Scriptorium Wrote: [ -> ]Is this a competition? I hope not. I am happy with any intercessors God grants to us. With that said, I know we have devotions, and I know PXII will be raised to the altar sooner or later. His life and teaching was exemplary.

Since you asked...

But the Vatican in the past has sought to balance concerns about papal saints by giving two the honor at the same time. Such was the case in 2000, when John Paul beatified John XXIII, dubbed the “good pope,” alongside Pope Pius IX, who confined Jews to Rome’s ghetto, condoned the seizure of a Jewish boy and allegedly referred to Jews as dogs.

By canonizing John Paul II along with John XXIII, the Vatican could be seeking to assuage concerns about John Paul’s fast-track sainthood case by tying it together with the 50-year wait John XXIII has had to endure.



From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130...z2XwPxmKSI
(07-02-2013, 03:30 PM)St. Pius of Trent Wrote: [ -> ]Further news.

http://news.msn.com/world/john-paul-ii-c...ican-panel

The reasoning for 2 popes at the same time  raises my eyebrows.

I never quite got the fast track idea.  Was there ever such a fast track pre-Vatican II?  It doesn't seem "right" to me that there are numerous "blesseds" for over a hundred years with no canonization in sight.  What is holding those up?
Quote: PXII will be raised to the altar sooner or later. His life and teaching was exemplary
One of my favorite of all the modern popes. He was an elegant, ascetic aristocrat who wrote stunningly beautiful encyclicals (Mystici Corporis); plus the way he subtly attacked National Socialism all through the war makes me squirm with delight  :)
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